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The Wigmore Centre

Wigmore Church Centre in Herefordshire pic © www.michaelfieldsend.com

The Wigmore Centre CIC
℅ 6 Bury Court Park
Wigmore
Herefordshire
HR6 9US

Tel: 01568 770140
Email: jill@jillfieldhouse.co.uk
Web: www.thewigmorecentre.org

Description

The Wigmore Centre CIC

is a community organisation supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to transform the ancient church of St James’ into an Interpretive and Heritage Centre with a café and community facilities. The church and castle are open and free to visit but the adaptation will not be completed until late 2018.

The church is most impressive as befits the importance of the castle and village in Medieval England.  The nave is early Norman – probably built by Saxon workmen – and you can see herringbone masonry on the interior walls and on the exterior north wall.  It is one of the largest existing Norman naves in the country.  The bell tower, chancel and south aisle were added by the Mortimers in the 14th century and feature four medieval piscinae (one at rood loft level: rood screens and lofts were common in medieval times but few exist now and we have no idea what happened to the one at Wigmore).  There is a  rare double sedilia in the chancel and a medieval stone font.  The church has undergone some change and in 1864 Bodley was responsible for much of the repair work.

The bell tower houses 6 fully functional bells and visiting bell ringing groups are most welcome.  The bells were cast in 1721 and paid for by the Harley Family.  The tower also houses a rare bird cage clock made in the 17th century and recently restored to full working order.  Tower tours are run as a church fundraiser on certain Saturdays during the summer and will be advertised on our twitter feed (@wigmoreCIC) and website which will be up and running soon.

 If you come to the church then do walk up to Wigmore Castle.  The castle was the powerbase of The Mortimers from the 11th to 15th centuries and was a very splendid palace where royalty was entertained and lavish tournaments were held.  After the demise of the Mortimers the castle passed to the Crown and it was bought by the Harleys in 1601.  Lady  Brilliana Harley slighted the castle in 1643 during  the English Civil War to prevent Royalists from occupying it against her.  Now it is the romantic ruin that you see today and under the guardianship of English Heritage.  

Did you know that Mortimer, Wigmore and Harley Streets in London all take their names from this village and the great families associated with it?  

‘Discover Wigmore – 1,000 years of Heritage, History and Houses’ is available to buy in Wigmore Community Shop and contains lots of interesting information together with a guide to the listed buildings in the village.

Wigmore Church ©www.michaelfieldsend.com

Wigmore Church ©www.michaelfieldsend.com 



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