Church of St Cosmas & St Damian, Stretford, Herefordshire

Address: Stretford, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9DG
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A church as broad as it is long

Sitting next to a farmyard, this unusual and interesting church is almost as broad as it is long, and it's dedication is to the patron saints of physicians and surgeons.

The roof was constructed in about 1540; two massive early 16th-century timber screens go right across the church and there is a Jacobean pulpit in the middle.

The two 14th-century stone effigies are probably members of the Delabere family who lived locally.

This church is also part of our Five Churches Trail, which takes you on a wonderful journey around the rural heartland of Herefordshire.

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Road directions

4 miles south west of Leominster, off A44 and left onto the A4110; church is signposted from A4110; country lane leads to farm and church

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Leominster (4 miles)

OS Reference No.

SO 443 558

What’s on & news

What’s on

12/09/14 - 13/09/14 
Heritage Open Days - Stretford
28/09/14 
Harvest - Stretford

News

06/01/14 We would like to warn all our volunteers and visitors to take care when visiting our churches due to the…

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.








PDF iconHerefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Kenneth (09 Jul 2011, 11:38)

    Since the Church reopened I have had the great pleasure of visiting several times with friends of the Church and volunteers. We went to help with the reopening and placed fresh flowers in the Church. The Church looks amazing following the restoration and has been, and continues to be an inspiration to the many pilgrims that visit. Famous for its' Shrine, dedicated to saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, the Church is frequently visited by members of the medical profession. Each September a Patronal Festival Service is held in the Church. The Trust is to be commended for all the hard work in supervising the restoration. This really is a 'hidden gem in the heart of Herefordshire'.

  2. Lorraine (07 Oct 2011, 16:18)

    Always wanted to visit and went last week, prayed for a relative awaiting news from hospital tests and today got the all clear, so went back to say a prayer of thanks. Such a lovely and interesting building. It was so peaceful and welcoming. I will most certainly revisit at some stage and hope to visit all the other churches in this area, have already been to the one at Yazor.
    Gods house is never redundant, we are so lucky to have organisations like yourselves to look after these wonderful buildings.

  3. Lorraine Knights (25 Feb 2013, 19:23)

    I visit this delightful church whenever I can. It is so peaceful, the perfect place for prayer and quiet reflection.
    The rural setting is delightful and it is steeped in history. From the visitors records it is much loved by many from all over the world.
    It is always kept immaculate and the floral arrangements that change with the occasion are always neat and tidy.
    I

  4. Dr. Kenneth Keenan (03 Aug 2013, 12:29)

    I continue to visit this wonderful church every month with friends and volunteers. In addition to placing fresh flowers and general cleaning, we spend time quietly reflecting over past services and friends dearly departed. We are looking forward to Heritage Open Days in September and will be 'on hand' to welcome visitors to this very special church.
    We do our best to vary the flowers and arrangements according to the seasons, and so many appreciate this 'hidden gem'. the Patronal Festival in September always ensures a full Church. The harmonium is in excellent condiditon. We, like so many, find peace here.
    Kenneth, Richard, Sally and Justin. Volunteers

  5. Alan Grove (10 Aug 2013, 19:34)

    Everything has been said about this church but we particularly liked the rustic hewn screen.

    A unique church and fittingly marked the halfway point in our journey to visit all the Trust churches - only 170 or so to go!

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Church of St Cosmas & St Damian, Stretford, Herefordshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a grass pathway to the church entrance from the adjoining road, with a slight incline.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.