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Church of St Barnabas, Brampton Bryan

Description: Church of St Barnabas

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 June 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 149490

OS Grid Reference: SO3704872514
OS Grid Coordinates: 337048, 272514
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3471, -2.9255

Location: A4113, Brampton Bryan, County of Herefordshire SY7 0DH

Locality: Brampton Bryan
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY7 0DH

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Listing Text


5/24 Church of St Barnabas



Parish church. Perhaps C14, almost entirely rebuilt in 1656 for Sir Robert
Harley, following destruction in 1643. Late C19 alterations and extensions.
Sandstone rubble and sandstone dressings with tiled roofs. Rectangular five-
bay hall church, the eastern bay of which is used as liturgical chancel, west
vestry, north vestry and south porch. West elevation has large C19 traceried
3-light window, each light with a trefoiled head, under a moulded label. Above
is an opening with a cambered head. C19 stack to left. To the right is a
blocked C14 arch with a two-centred head partly obscured by early C20 lean-to
brick vestry. To each side is a thin weathered buttress. North elevation has
five similar buttresses and three cinquefoiled-headed lights with glazed
spandrels under outer square head with restored hoodmoulds. North vestry to
left has C17 doorway with flat four-centred head and moulded jambs. Its
east wall has a square headed light with a continuous hoodmould. East elevation
has large C19 east window with mouchettes and quatrefoils in the tracery, five
cinquefoil-headed lights and a deeply moulded label with headstops. Immediately
to either side are moulded fragments, probably the tops of C17 cornices. One
pair of buttresses to corners linked by a stringcourse with central hood over
short central pilaster with incised sundial. Verge and gable cross. South
elevation has five pilasters and three windows like those on north side.
Weathered projection for internal tomb beneath right-hand window. South porch
is C19. Arch has moulded two-centred head above which is crocketted ogee-
headed niche with C19 figure of St Barnabas holding a scroll inscribed:
GOSPEL OF ST MARK. Angle buttresses and gable cross. Each return has a 2-
light ogeed light with continuous hood over square head. Above the porch is
a C19 gabled bellcot with ogee-headed bell opening. Beneath is a gable-With
kneelers, verges and central clock face. Interior of porch has collar purlin,
brattished wall-plate and hatchment. South doorway has moulded jambs, moulded
two-centred head and C19 oak ledged doors with strap hinges. Interior has C17
double hammer-beam roof with pendants, the upper portion concealed by C20
boarded ceiling, rising from five pairs of part rectangular, part columnar
wall-posts on square plinths with dentilled cornices supporting brackets with
enriched pendants. Moulded wall-plates. The end pairs of posts and brackets
carry no hammer-beams since they are adjacent to east and west walls. South
wall has early C14 effigy, of a woman holding her heart in her hands, set in
deep recess. Behind the effigy are several medieval floor tiles. At east end
of the wall, monument in white marble to Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, Lord
High Treasurer, impeached 1711, acquitted 1717, died 1724. Knotted garlands
on two pilasters support a cornice carrying volutes and an urn. Apron with
achievement, swags and sconce. Large inscription panel between the pilasters
has long paean ending:
A soul supreme in each hard instance tried,
Above all Fear, all Anger and all Pride,
The rage of power, the blase of publick breath
The lust of Lucre and the dread of Death. Pope.

On the north wall a contemporary, superficially similar but smaller monument
for Mrs Sarah Harley, died 1721. Broken segmental pediment, entablature with
triglyphs, two fluted pilasters and deep gadrooning to apron. Nearby plain
rectangular black marble wall monument with two brass inscription panels to
Eliza Casamajor Rogers, died 1849, and Mary Brown, died 1854. Beneath west
window a wall monument with draped sarcophagus and dove to Sarah Rogers, died
1816. Inscription reads:


On the same wall a slate and marble monument for Charles Rogers, died 1820,
has obelisk, urn and inscription "CELERITER ET JUCUNDE". To the right is wall
monument to the ten men of the parish who fell 1914-19. Pulpit is late C19, oak,
octagonal with C17 tarsia inlays in side panels. Communion rails are late C19
and oak supported on twisted wrought iron posts with brass foliated decoration.
Font is C19 with octagonal bowl enriched on its sides with dove, cross, IHS,
etc. Bowl is supported on central drum and four shafts. Lectern is late C19
of wrought iron and brass. Four feet and central shaft. Brass book rest with
a pair of flanking candlesticks. Harmonium is late C19, French and made of
mahogany with scalloping to edges and enriched carriage-handles to ends.
oak case inscribed "BISHOP & SON/ LONDON & IPSWICH". Stained glass includes
east window of 1888 for Robert and Patience Harley, inscribed I AM THE:
RESURRECTION AND: THE LIFE. Easternmost window of south wall is for Frances
Murray, died 1892. The adjacent window, c1900 is for Robert Harley inscribed:
"I am the Light of the World: Lead Kindly Light". North wall has at its east
end a window for John Harley, died 1961, with the motto VIRTUTE ET FIDE.
Passage to north vestry has small window of the Child Christ carrying lamb
inscribed for SR, 1882, probably a Rogers. This church is listed Grade I
in recognition of its rarity as a church built during the Commonwealth, and
in view of the curious architectural features of its interior. (BoE, p 81-2;
RCHM, Vol III, p 19).

Listing NGR: SO3705172513

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Source: English Heritage

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