Herefordshire Places of Worship

St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (1) (45k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (2) (27k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (3) (24k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (4) (29k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (5) (25k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (6) (37k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (7) (28k) St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon (8) (31k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St John the Evangelist's Church, Shobdon
St John the Evangelist's Church,
off B4362,
Shobdon, Herefordshire.

Cemeteries

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 before 1070, and we understand it is still open.

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] In the best traditions of 19th century directories, Shobdon church may be described as being on a “lofty eminence”. The present building is the 3rd to occupy the site. The first (Saxon) building was a chapel of ease to Aymestry, dedicated St Juliana, and the suggestion in the church leaflet is that it may have been made of wood, and surrounded by a motte and defensive timber pallisade.

The second church was built c1070-1160, believed to have been a typically Romanesque church, with a west tower, nave and chancel, and Norman archway between the two, and in the case of Shobdon, doorways on north and south sides. The present building was designed and constructed by the Honourable Richard Bateman for his nephew Sir John Bateman, and was consecrated in 1756.[1]

[Image 2] Shobdon Church is unique: described as ‘Strawberry Hill Gothic’ by some. Its design and construction was by Hon. Richard Bateman, uncle of 2nd VIscount Bateman of Shobdon Court, beginning in 1705. Richard was a friend of Horace Walpole, and a member of the ‘Committee of Taste’, and the result was Walpole's house at Strawberry Hill, and the church here at Shobdon.

The white paintwork gives an overall impression of light and a feeling of airiness is further enhanced by hanging arches, and the canopy over the pulpit which appears to be captured in mid-descent from above![1]

[Image 3] A church painted in white with pale blues, and with rows of 13(!) pews on either side.[1]

[Image 4] The board is on the south wall. The Inscriptions read:

The Glorious Dead
1914-1918
A. LILWALL
T. WILLIAMS
A. INGRAM
J. VAUGHAN
F.W. FULLER
G.H.C. EVANS
Pass Friend, All's Well
This Tablet is the Gift of
Lord and Lady BATEMAN[2]

[Image 5] The Inscription reads:

Sacred to the Memory of John, Lord Viscount BATEMAN, Baron of Culmore,
in the Kingdom of Ireland: one of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council;
and many years Lord Lieutenant of this County;
who died March II MDCCCII: aged LXXXI [March 2nd 1802 aged 91
His Virtues did honour to Human Nature,
He was Generous and Charitable without Ostentation;
of Elegant Manners, Friendly and Hospitable,
He lived revered and died lamented by all who had the happiness of knowing his worth.
In grateful remembrance of the many benefits received from him,
This Monument was caused to be erected by his near kinsman and
through his munificence, the present possessor of this estate.
A.D. MDCCIV. [1804][2]

[Image 6] This “room” which occupies the North Transept was for servants of the Bateman family. The South Transept on the opposite side of the nave was a private room fitted out for the Bateman family. Both however had separate doorways from Shobdon Court, separated from the grounds of the church by a wrought iron fence.

The design of the stained glass windows was by William Price the Younger, dominant colours being red and blue, with contrasting yellow and brown in the circular insets in the windows of both transepts, containing the Bateman family crest.

The accompanying photograph of a north view of St John the Evangelist's Church shows the exterior of the transept.[1]

[Image 7] Yes, this is a fireplace, and this “room” which occupies the South Transept is fitted with table and chairs, and was for the Bateman family. The North Transept on the opposite side of the nave was for the servants and without a fireplace! Both however had separate doorways from the surrounding Shobdon Court, separated from the grounds of the church by a wrought iron fence.

The accompanying photograph of a south view of St John the Evangelist's Church shows the exterior of the transept.[1]

[Image 8] Shobdon Court - home of the Bateman family - was to the east of the church. It is now demolished, although according to Pevsner, Georgian Stables and a Dovecote, and its entrance gateway remain.[1]

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO4010762835. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Shobdon, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

2. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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