Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Stretton Grandison
St Lawrence's Church,
off A417 - Car Park,
Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire.


This Church has/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 13th century, but we don't know whether or not 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] Stretton Grandison Church has an idyllic, almost “chocolate box” setting, overlooking the valley of the River Frome.

The Grandison family who gave their name to the existing settlement of Stretton are first recorded in the 13th century. Their castle was at Ashperton, with their lands presumably extending to Stretton, where there had been a Roman market town. The village itself is on the Roman Road between Leominster and Gloucester (now the A417)

John, Bishop of Exeter, and responsible for much of the building of the Cathedral, belonged to the Grandison family, as did Katherine, who lost her garter and returned it to Edward III with a remark which has gone down in history: “Honi soit qui mal y pense” - motto of the Order of the Garter.[1]

[Image 2] It is very peaceful inside St Lawrence's Church on the day of my visit. Some local produce was on sale, and I bought what promises to be delicious Lemon Marlalade and Banana Chutney

The East Window is a memorial to William HOPTON who died in 1841, and was designed by Frederick Preedy.[1]

[Image 3] The church probably occupies the site of a former Saxon timbered building, which was rebuilt in Norman times of tufa and some stone. There is evidence of this early build in the first stage of the tower. It was rebuilt of local sandstone in the 14th century by the Grandison family, in the Decorated style.[1]

[Image 4] The tiles below the window sill were newly discovered in 2006, when the altar was repositioned. Painted on slate, embedded in the plaster, they are the work of Frederick Preedy (1820-1898) and were probably part of his work in restoration of the Chancel. He also designed the East Window itself, made in 1853 by Rogers but which commemorates William HOPTON, d.1841, and 2 other windows for the church.[1]

[Image 5] This blocked north doorway belongs to the Early English period of architecture.[1]

[Image 6] This monument is to Sir Edward HOPTON, d.1668 and his wife Deborah, d.1702. Figures of Hope and Charity grace the pediment, and a genuine gauntlet from the Civil War hangs from beneath it.

The church has several other monuments to the HOPTON family. They lived at Canon Frome Court, but the church there was destroyed during the Civil War, so they were buried here at Stretton.

The inscription reads:

In Memory of Ed/ward Hopton of Cannon froom / knight
Who after many hazardes and experiences in warrs
in forrein parts served his Maj King Charles ye first
in ye quality of a Colonel of foot during all ye time
of ye intestine troubles
In many battells giving signall proofe both of his
courage & fidelity wherein he stood impregnable even
when ye pravity of ye times made Loyalty A Crime
He lived a Widdower seavnteen years and then he made
A second choyese & Married Deborah Jones Widow ye 4th
daughter of Robert Hatton of Thames Ditton in ye County
of Surry Sarjeant at Law by whom he had issue six Sonns
& two daughters Edward Robert Richard Charles Robert
James Alice & Deborah
After ye Restoration of King Charlis ye second he re-
tired to his private fortunes in ye County his last
imployments being A Deputy Leiutenant & Liutenant
Colonel of ye County Melitia & Gentleman Pensioner
to his Maj in Ordinary
1mo Apr Anno Domi M D C L X VIII being
ye Sixty fifth yeare of his Age he put off
ye Robe of mortality wth lyes here reserved
untill ye Restitution of all things
Post nullos Memorundus

IAlso / To ye Memory of
the Religious life and / pious Death of ye Lady Hopton
(late Wife of Sr Edwd Hopton &
as in ye other Table of this Monumt. is
recited) whose distinguishing Judgemt.
determined her Devotion to ye Worship
as it is practis'd in ye Church of England
Nor was She Religious only in ye
Temple (which by the ill Fate of the
late Civil Warrs was ruin'd in the place
where She dwelt yet that House of God
by her care and partly by her own free
Gift was afterwards rebuilt tho not
till after ye Intermt here of Sr. Richd.
Hopton & his lady & Sr. Edwd. their
Son) but also in all other acts of vertue
Eminently Conspicious
The said Lady left behind her to
Inherit ye Estate Richard ye only Child
of Edward Hopton Esqr. her
Eldest Son Obijt July 13th 1702.
Aet. 77.[2]


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/was located at OS grid reference SO6328344065. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Stretton Grandison, 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.


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 5 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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