Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Tysilio (St Tesiliah)'s Church, Sellack (1) (40k) St Tysilio (St Tesiliah)'s Church, Sellack (2) (61k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Tysilio (St Tesiliah)'s Church, Sellack
St Tysilio (St Tesiliah)'s Church,
off A49, north from Ross,
Sellack, Herefordshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Eastward-slanting shadow of its very tall steeple shows on Google Maps! :-)

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Sellack, like Foy, is close to the river, and has a spire that seems to rise up straight from the ground, although there is actually a tower which barely reaches the roofline. The belfry windows are in the spire itself. Ice covered the road (the little stream was full to the top and probably had flowed briefly over the road, and the sun was just appearing over the hill here.

The church is strange in plan, caused by a large 19th century north transept which opens into the nave with a two bayed arcade. To the west one bay of a former aisle with a Norman pillar, almost cut off from the rest by complicated seating arrangements and possibly once a family pew. To the east a vaulted single-bayed chapel. No structural division between nave and chancel, just a prettier bit of roof!.[1]

[Image 2] The south wall of the nave has two large windows which are treated like dormers either side of the large porch, one lighting a west gallery on which is the organ, and the other (with a medieval panel of glass showing the Crucifixion) lighting the pulpit and tester, a grand Jacobean piece. Both the west bay of the aisle and the transept have a single grand 17th century and 18th century memorial respectively.

The glass in the east window is equally important, a complete survival from 1630, reusing some olde fragments. And here is the explanation of the window at Foy which so impressed the people at the manor there that they ordered a copy of this window for their church some 40 years later, including the tracery.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO5653927656. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 5 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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