Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Edvin Loach (1) (35k) St Mary's Church, Edvin Loach (2) (27k) St Mary's Church, Edvin Loach (3) (28k) St Mary's Church, Edvin Loach (4) (59k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Mary's Church, Edvin Loach
St Mary's Church,
track, between B4214/B4203,
Edvin Loach, 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 1858, and we understand it is still open.

Note: Edvin Loach belonged to Worcestershire until 1893, and indeed may still be recorded as such in some reference sources.

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's Church was built 1858-60 to a design by George Gilbert Scott, and at the expense of Edmund HIGGINSON (who - no doubt for the usual Victorian reason of inheritance - had changed his surname from BARNEBY). He lived at nearby Saltmarshe Castle, an early Victorian building, which survived until 1953.

The church is described in its guide leaflet as “Victorian Gothic”. It is nevertheless quite captivating, and a delight to find, at the end of a potholed lane, and atop the site of a former Norman “motte and bailey” fortification. castle. Parts of the bailey, and the surrounding ditch can still be seen to the north and west of the church.[1]

[Image 2] The guide leaflet describes a high lofty ceiling, showing a wooden roof-structure - “rather like the framework of an upturned boat” - which I thought was a nice analogy.

The name of the village derives from the Norman de Loges family, added to the Saxon Gedeven (Edefen), meaning “Gedda's marshy land”.[1]

[Image 3] There is one monument on the right (north) wall to the rear, on which the Inscription reads:

To the Loved Memory / of
Christopher William BARNEBY, Captain, R.A
who gave his life for his King and Country
the only son of William Theodore and Verena
BARNEBY of Saltmarshe Castle and Clater Park
He was born on June 19. 1915, and was killed in
action in Burma on March 18. 1944, aged 29 years.
“Thine eyes shall see the King in His Beauty:
They shall behold the land that is very far off”
Isaiah XXXIII. 17.[1]

[Image 4] Just outside the rear gate of the church (from where this photograph is taken) are obvious signs of the ditch which would have surrounded the Norman motte-and-bailey fortification on which the church is built.[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 SO6623458418. 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 7 Feb 2019 at 13:12.

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