Herefordshire Places of Worship

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Holy Trinity Church, Bosbury
Holy Trinity Church,
on B4220,
Bosbury, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but 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] The weather here looks idyllic, but it had been raining earlier in the afternoon - obviously the sky had been washed clean! How can the Churchyard Cross, which is so obviously visible on a photograph taken some eight years later from a similar viewpoint not show up on this photograph? In fact it's because - by pure chance - its stem is aligned almost exactly with the divide in the Perpendicular window of the castellated Morton Chapel - follow the divide in the window downwards, and it's possible to see the base of the Cross.

Note the Tower is detached from the body of the church. This is also the case for St Michael & All Angels Church in Ledbury, Herefordshire, just a few miles away - these are just two examples of a total of seven free-standing towers in Herefordshire.

There is also an Old Photograph of Bosbury Church showing the view from the other side.[1]

[Image 2] The ends of the pews are decorated with bunches of dried hops, which are caught here by the morning sunlight.[1]

[Image 3] The War Memorial board can be seen on this photograph low on the west wall of the Church. This is the oldest part of the Church, being an original wall of the Norman Church, which dates perhaps from the early 12th century. Side aisles and clerestory had been added by 1200, with the main work being arranged by Bishop William de Vere (1186-1200). The Bishops of Hereford had been Lords of the Manor here since Saxon times, and two of them died here - Athelstan in 1056, and Bishop Richard Swinfield in 1316.

A Memorial to Bishop Swinfield's father, was discovered in 1776, behind a pillar in the wall of the south aisle. Its Inscription recorded:

Hic Jacet Ste-
phanus quondam Pa-
ter venerabilis Pa-
tris Dni Ricardi
de SWINEFELD Dei
Gratia Epi Here-
fordensis Ad MCCLXXXII.

This translates as:

Here lies Stephen the late
Father of the Venerable Father,
Lord, Richard de Swinfield,
by the grace of God,
Bishop of Hereford
A.D. 1282.

The East Window commemorates Mrs Ellen HOPE (d.1880), and a plaque on the wall below records:

To the Glory of God
and in thankful and loving remembrance of
Mrs Ellen HOPE,
the munificent Donor of the Organ in this Church,
Widow of the Revd. F.W. Hope M.A. D.C.L.
This West Window is erected by the Parishioners,
Easter 1880.

Another plaque on the opposite side of the War Memorial Board reads:

Sacred to the Memory of
Catherine & Henry Scott HALL
married in this Church on May 16th 1871, & buried
Catherine Octr 8th 1910 & Henry Scott Decr 24th 1926,
in this Churchyard.[1]

[Image 4] The Morton Chapel is a former Chantry Chapel, endowed by Sir Rowland MORTON after the death of his wife in 1528. It has a fine fan-vaulted ceiling and Perpendicular window looking out onto the south side of the Churchyard. Pevsner calls the fan-vaulting “plain”, but I think it's quite spectacular to find it in this small, unassuming country village.

One of the pendants of the fan vaulting, seen here just to the left of centre of the archway, is carved with a ‘rebus’ (a pictorial representation) of the Morton family name - a letter ‘M’ engraved on a ‘tun’, or barrel - Mor-ton. Apparently Cardinal John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1482-1500) used the same motif in Canterbury Cathedral, and Thomas Morton (Sir Rowland's brother) continued the theme of fan-vaulting in the Stanbury Chapel in the Cathedral at Hereford. It is believed the brothers were kinsmen of Archbishop Morton - nothing like keeping the designs in the family, eh?

On the wall underneath the right hand window is a pretty framed tapestry of ‘The Last Supper’.[1]

[Image 5] The Churchyard Cross is of a type common in the 14th century, and in the 15th century marked the final stage in Holy Week processions. It escaped being demolished by Parliamentary soldiers during the Civil War, thanks to pleas from the Vicar to leave it alone, although legend has it that was defaced with non-Christian “graffiti” by Cromwellian soldiers - which perhaps fortunately is now barely readable.

Note also the fine Perpendicular window of the Morton Chapel to the right of the porch.[1]

[Image 6] Showing the detached tower - built about 1230-40 - the lower walls are nearly 6 feet thick, and it appears to have been built as a defence during the time of Welsh incursions - or (the guide leaflet suggests) as a deterrent. Apparently it used to have a spire, which was struck by lightning in 1638, but which somehow nevertheless survived until 1812, when it was replaced with the present pitched roof.[1]

[Image 7] Two dramatic monuments, in the Chancel - this one on the south wall, for John HARFORD, d.1559. He and his son Richard were stewards of the Bishop of Hereford's Manor in Bosbury. John's Monument was erected in 1573, and by John Guldo of Hereford. The sarcophagus rests on the bodies of 2 lions; there are Tudor roses on the coffers, and the pediment has leaves surrounding a roundel, whilst above the effigy are decorations of flowers and shields.[1]

[Image 8] This Monument is to Richard HARFORD (d.1578) and his wife Marion (d.1601). Pevsner obviously doesn't like this memorial at all He calls the figures on the pediments “uncouth”, although admits the monument is attractive in its naivety. I beg to differ, and prefer it to that of Richard's father John, on the opposite wall of the Chancel, which though much plainer, appeals more to Pevsner's taste.[1]

[Image 9] This stained glass window is a memorial to Marion Buck, a generous local benefactor.

The Inscription reads:

In grateful remembrance of
Marion Buck of Nov??? [can't see it for the flowers!]
1909 - 1947[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 SO6955243444. 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 Bosbury, 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.

Information last updated on 7 Feb 2019 at 12:56.

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