On the day we visited Ledbury, Herefordshire in February 2015, which was last nights post, we found a church to explore. Herefordshire has some wonderful churches and much to my shame, I have hardly posted any, so to make amends, this post is St George’s Church in the village of Woolhope. I have posted some of the wonderful stained glass windows before, but will included them again.
The church is approached from the south by a long path from the timbered ‘Skallenge’ (lych gate), dating from 1581.
On the day of our visit, the graveyard was full of snowdrops, almost like a carpet in some parts. I found several interesting cherub headstones and one very upset looking one, as the following photo shows.
I wasn’t too worried about the church not being open, as all the churches we stopped to explore in Herefordshire had been open and yes it was unlocked.
The one thing I did notice very quickly were the extremely thick columns as the structure is largely Norman, from the second half of the 12th Century. The Norman work is seen in the North arcade, a window in the Sanctuary and a carved head under the tower, but much of the present fabric, internal woodwork and fittings, date from a major restoration in the 1880s under the benefaction of the Booker family of Wessington Court.
The 13th Century tower commands the valley named after Wulviva who, with her more famous sister Godiva, gave the land to the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The sisters are commemorated in a striking window in the North aisle.