Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stretton Sugwas (1) (31k) St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stretton Sugwas (2) (32k) St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stretton Sugwas (3) (33k) St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stretton Sugwas (4) (47k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Stretton Sugwas
St Mary Magdalene's Church,
east, off A4103,
Stretton Sugwas, 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 1877, 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] St Mary Magdalene's Church was constructed in 1877-80 by Cheiake, using materials from a dismantled older church nearer to the centre of Stretton Sugwas village. Pevsner says the timber framed tower was inspired by the one at Holmer, which he dates from the 16th century. Timbers from the old church were used in its construction.[1]

[Image 2] This part of the church looks new, but other parts were transferred from an older church nearer the centre of Stretton Sugwas village. Unfortunately, we missed seeing one of its early treasures - a tympanum carving of Samson and The Lion above the norman south doorway which Pevsner says is of the ‘Herefordshire School’.[1]

[Image 3] Showing the black and white tower, and the lych gate into the Churchyard, surrounded by some pleasing autumn tints. St Mary Magdalene's Church is outside the village of Stretton Sugwas, on a minor road between the A4103 Roman Road and A438 from the Hereford direction, but its distinctive tower is easily visible from the village.[1]

[Image 4] Many of the memorials in this area of the Churchyard feature decorative motifs. The black memorial in the second row on the left has an image of an electronic (music) keyboard in its top left hand corner; the one on the right of that row has a railway engine, and another on the right, outside the picture has a digger (JCB).

Closer to the camera in the front row on the left is a bird, and another one in the distance has some flowers, which look like bluebells.[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 SO4596042009. 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 Sugwas, 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.

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

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