Herefordshire Places of Worship

St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere (1) (33k) St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere (2) (28k) St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere (3) (31k) St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere (4) (29k) St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere (5) (49k) Above Photograph(s)
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St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere
St James's Church,
adjacent Tedstone Court,
Tedstone Delamere, 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.

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 James's Church is - according to Littlebury's Directory of Herefordshire, 1876-7 a complete rebuild, in 1856-57 under the direction of George Gilbert Scott, when “the character of the old building was reproduced in the new, so far as was possible, with all its local idiosyncrasies, the Norman and Early English work being replaced, piece by piece”. However both Pevsner in Buildings of England and Mike Salter's book The Old Parish Churches of Herefordshire say only the Chancel was rebuilt.

Note also the Churchyard Cross in the foreground, which Pevsner dates to the 14th century, although the upper part is a replacement, with the original head preserved elsewhere. It has a relief of the Crucifixion on one side, and on the other the Virgin and Child, which Littlebury's describes as a small arched slab. Mention is also made of an hour-glass case - “affixed probably in the days of Puritan preachers to the pulpit, and now placed in the porch”.  Unfortunately, however I missed seeing it.[1]

[Image 2] The immediate charm, on entering this small church is the illumination coming from several thick candles burning on the altar, providing gentle, and natural lighting to an otherwise dark church. The East Window is rather grand, by Hardman, and dated 1857, and there is a 15th century rood screen, on top of which is a row of smaller candles.[1]

[Image 3] A view of the nave, looking towards the west end of the church, showing a most attractive timber framework supporting the externally timbered bell-tower. The memorial on the left rear wall is to Richard WIGHT, the Inscription reading:

Sacred to the revered Memory of
Richard WIGHT Esquire
(late of Tedstone Court)
who departed this life on the 31st of December 1821
in the 41st Year of his Age
Possessed of unshaken probity
unostentatious piety
with almost unparalleled meekness and humility
this truly excellent Man
was snatched in the prime of life
from a wife and family to whom his virtues rendered
him a most inestimable blessing.

Also of
Mary Maria WIGHT
Wife of the above who died 17th. of September 1859
in the 74th. Year of her Age[1]

[Image 4] Two fonts - the newer one is 19th century, whilst the older (furthest away from us) is Norman, and one of the few survivors from the original church, which was rebuilt in 1856-57.[1]

[Image 5] Late blooming climbing rose, next to one of a matching pair of doors into the Chancel, which was designed by George Gilbert Scott.

The church is sited on the side of a valley, and is approached most easily from the road by a footpath, alongside the grounds of Tedstone Court. Notably there are two lych gates, one at each end of the pathway through the churchyard, which apparently continues beyond the church down the valley towards the Sapey Brook.[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 SO6956658539. 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 Tedstone Delamere, 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 7 Feb 2019 at 13:11.

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