Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (1) (31k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (2) (30k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (3) (24k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (4) (23k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (5) (36k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (6) (24k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome (7) (18k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Michael & All Angels Church, Castle Frome
St Michael & All Angels Church,
off B4214,
Castle Frome, 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

This Place of Worship was founded in 1125, 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] This delightful little church, with (to me) a decidely modern appearance is Norman, and is believed to date from about 1125, built most probably by a member of the de Lacey family, who arrived following the Norman Conquest. In common however with many churches it underwent signficant renovation in the Victorian era, and the black and white bell turret, and porch were added then (in 1878).

The porch covers a Norman doorway, one of 3 to the Church, all of which survive, including a priest's door in the north wall of the Chancel.

The church now stands in isolation, but was once the site of the village itself, which may have been deserted at the time of the Black Death. At the back of the Churchyard there is a green lane, leading up to the site of the former Castle, on the hill behind the church.[1]

[Image 2] The East Window was added in the 14th century; before that there were several small windows in the Nave, and small openings in the north and south walls of the Chancel. On the right (south) side of the Chancel is a rounded arched recess, set with medieval tiles. In the window above, there is a small sculpted figure in mail, and holding in his hands what is believed to be a heart, possibly commemorating a heart burial below, of a de Lacey who was killed in the Crusades.[1]

[Image 3] The Font, one of the wonders of Herefordshire, dates from around 1170. It rests on four human figures, of which only the heads can be seen. Sadly only one of the heads remains intact, as the others have been (apparently deliberately) smashed beyond recognition - possibly during the Civil War? Round the bowl are emblems of the Four Evangelists - winged bull (St Matthew), (lion) St Mark, a winged man holding a book (St Luke), and an eagle (St John)[1]

[Image 4] This monument is on the north wall of the Chancel, and understood to commemorate Francis UNETT who died in 1656. It has not been possible to read the inscription from my photograph.

It is on the north wall of the Chancel, and can be seen on the accompanying photograph of Inside St Michael & All Angels Church looking east.[1]

[Image 5] This Tomb, against the north wall of the Chancel, commemorates William UNETT and his wife, who are in Cavalier dress. Pevsner dates it 1630-40 - a memorial elsewhere in the church to William UNETT says he died in 1624.

The UNETT family lived at the Birchend in Castle Frome for more than 3 centuries. Its first representative was John UNETT who married Margaret BRACE, granddaughter of Sir Simon de Burley who was condemned to death in 1388.[1]

[Image 6] This rather splendid roof is over the Chancel.[1]

[Image 7] The inscription on this Monument reads (so far as I can decipher)

[Here Lise] William UNETT
Esquire who was High Sherif
of this County and Justice of
Peace of the same He died the
22 of August 1624 over
whom Alse his second wife
daughter of Ambros ELTON
Esquire caused this Monument
Although my Soul and Body now
devided are in twayne
yet sure I am God will at last
unite them both agayne

It is on the south wall of the Nave, and can be seen on the accompanying photograph of Inside St Michael & All Angels Church looking east.[2]

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 SO6675945860. 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 Castle Frome, 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.

2. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 5 Dec 2018 at 14:28.

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