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Church of St Margaret, Welsh Bicknor

Description: Church of St Margaret

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 153962

OS Grid Reference: SO5922917674
OS Grid Coordinates: 359229, 217674
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8562, -2.5934

Location: Stowfield Road, Lydbrook HR9 6JJ

Locality: Welsh Bicknor
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR9 6JJ

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Listing Text


6/168 Church of St Margaret


Parish church. Ancient site, church rebuilt 1858-9 by T Henry Rushforth
of London for the rector Stephen Allaway. Coursed and squared sandstone
rubble, ashlar dressings, marble enrichments to interior, tiled roof,
stone roof to porch. West porch, south-west tower, nave and chancel
with north vestry. Imaginative Norman and Early English style with
"muscular" effects owing something to Street. West gabled orch with
polychrome pointed arched doorway of three orders, engaged shafts to
responds with stiff-leaf capitals, niche with inset figure in gable.
Square plan tower spurred base, three stages, two string courses with
stiff-leaf decorated corbel table and elongated animal forms at corners,
short broached spire, two plain single light windows to first stage; single
light semi-circular headed window with engaged shafts and stiff-leaf
capitals to responds, arcading to bell stage, in similar style. Nave,
three bays Norman style west end with four semi-circular headed single
light windows with chevron ornament to surrounds, circular window in gable
with similar chevron ornament. One 2-light and one single light window to
south side with similar engaged shafts and stiff-leaf capitals to responds,
similar 2-light window to two-bay chancel with doorway further to east.
Interior: king post roof with head shaped corbels. Triforium arcade at
west end, solid central pier with elaborate marble capital (heads and
foliage) to two-bay arcade of south aisle, decorative chancel arch with
bird motifs. Fittings: pulpit, entered from vestry, with polychrome
marble insets and heads, similar enrichments to font. Late C14 effigy in
recess to east wall of south aisle (resited from earlier church) a lady
largely defaced with angels supporting cushion, feet resting on animal,
angular folds to clothing in style of Westminster and Wells; thought to
be Lady Margaret Montague who may (or may not) have been nurse to the
infant Henry V at Courtfield (qv). Stained glass windows in west wall
represent single biblical figures; excellent stained glass in east window
probably by Clayton and Bell. A most interesting High Victorian church
combining constructional polychromy with idealising details of high quality
particularly inside.

Listing NGR: SO5922817675

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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