Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Mathon
St John the Baptist's Church,
off B4220,
Mathon, 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.

Mathon Rural (Mathon village) was transferred from Worcestershire to Herefordshire in 1897, whilst Mathon Urban (the part of the parish in Malvern) remained in Worcestershire, and with part of Cradley, became a new parish known as West Malvern. [Source: notes from Worcester Record Office]

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 entrance to St John the Baptist's Church is captivating. There is a convenient (large) carpark directly opposite, from where this snapshot is taken.[1]

[Image 2] To the left of the altar is a monument to Jane WALWEYN, her husband and child. The carving is dated 1617. The roof, with 7 bays, is 14th century timber work.[1]

[Image 3] The west end of the Church, where there is a small area curtained off underneath the tower for the bell ringers. The tower was built in the 14th century, and in common with many of the surrounding towers functioned as a look-out and place of refuge during the Welsh Border disputes, and a church bell would be rung in times of danger.[1]

[Image 4] Showing St John the Baptist peeping out from behind its Yew tree. The village was visited by David Bellamy and his team from the Conservation Foundation in the 1980s when the tree was certified as being over 700 years old - the Certificate is inside the Church. This is older than Donnington's Yew, which was estimated at 480 years.

The guide leaflet says it has a girth of 22½ feet, and estimates its age as 900 years.[1]

[Image 5] The font is 8-sided, with a series of distinctive motifs carved around each of its sides.[1]

[Image 6] The embroidered motifs on the “kneelers” appear to mirror those carved on the Font.[1]

[Image 7] One of the windows in the Chancel, designed by Frederick Preedy. According to the leaflet Churches on the Preedy Trail (in which there is a photograph of this window), he may have been taught to paint by a cousin, Henry Styleman Le Strange, and he later taught himself to make stained glass. His career as an architect and stained glass artist lasted for over 30 years, and his windows have been traced in over 100 churches. Apparently it was unusual to be both an architect and painter.[1]

[Image 8] One of Frederick Preed's magnificent stained glass window designs. This is, I think the most attractive one in this Church.[1]

[Image 9] According to the guide leaflet this substantial looking chest was carved out of a complete tree trunk. It would have been used for storing church funds, valuables, the parish registers, of course and vestments.

There is a date on the lid of 1698[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 SO7336045836. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 11 Feb 2012 at 15:33.

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