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Churches of Mortimer Country

In a land of political intrigue, rich estates and offices of power can be found large and imposing churches that dominate the landscape some dating back to Saxon history or tiny Norman gems. All tell many stories – of families, intrigue and social change, of architecture and changes in belief.

Croft (St. Michael and All Angels) - built about 1300 close to the castle.

Kingsland (St. Michael and All Angels) – large Norman church with intriguing little 14th century chapel.

Orleton (St. George) – Norman nave and excellent 12th century carved font.

Shobdon (St. John the Evangelist) – Striking Strawberry Hill Gothic interior. Original 12th century masonry (Hereford School) now forms The Arches.

Richard’s Castle (St Giles) – high above the village next to the castle. This 12th century church has a massive detached tower.

Yarpole (St. Leonard) – the mediaeval nave has been imaginatively re-ordered to provide the village community shop and a gallery café.

Leintwardine(S t Mary Magdalene) – large 13th and 14th century church with Saxon and Norman foundations. Monument to General Sir Banastre Tarleton.

Pipe Aston (St Giles) –tiny Norman gem with a perfectly preserved tympanum and wall paintings see Pipe Aston church website for details 

Brampton Bryan (St. Barnabas) - The present church is unusual in that built in 1656; it was one of only six churches built during the period of the Commonwealth. 

Downton-on-the-Rock (St Giles) - the old church of St. Giles was abandoned in 1861. This rare example of Victorian sensitivity in church building has a beautiful setting- on a hillside, in the midst of a field at the end of a long vista from Downton Castle.

Burrington (St. George) - in a very pretty setting. At the east end are eight cast iron grave slabs dating from the early 17th century. They are rare examples of early ironwork.

Elton (St. Mary the Virgin) - standing close to Elton Hall; its medieval bells still call worshippers to church.

Leinthall Starkes (St. Mary Magdalene) – a simple church with Norman foundation is a little way from the village. It probably marks the site of the older and now deserted village.

Adforton (St. Andrew) – built in 1875 as a Chapel of Ease for Leintwardine Parish.

Wigmore (St. James) - was founded as a collegiate church by the powerful Mortimer family. It lies on the site of an earlier Saxon building. The building has a very early Norman nave. Herringbone masonry is visible on the outside of the north wall.  

Aymestrey (St. John the Baptist and St. Alkmund) – built on Norman foundations; handsome 16thC Rood Screen. 

Lingen (St. Michael and All Angels) – built in the 13th Century.  A public footpath leads north from the churchyard, past the remains of Lingen Castle in the next field, onward to the humps and hollows that mark the original village site; while from the church porch, a prominent mediaeval field system can be seen nearby on the opposite hill.

For further detailed information of the above churches www.wigmore-abbey.org.uk and www.visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk

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