St Bartholemew's Church, Richards Castle, Herefordshire

Address: Richards Castle, Nr Ludlow, Herefordshire, SY8 4ET
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A Medieval church and Knights Templar chapel.

This 12th-century church, perched high above the village, is next to one of the earliest Marcher’ castles built by Norman overlords to defend the Anglo-Welsh border.

The detached bell tower, dating from around 1400, was probably part of the castle’s defences. Inside, the church has hardly been touched since Georgian times. It is the muted and faded colours as well as the architectural vistas that make this building so beautiful and quietly atmospheric.

There are marvellous furnishings including Georgian box pews, a gallery and a 17th century canopied pew for the Salweys, Lords of the Manor, and still used by them at the two or three services held each year.

Visit on a clear day and enjoy amazing views from the porch all the way to the Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills.

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Road directions

5 miles south west of Ludlow; Richards Castle is signed off A49 Ludlow to Leominster road via B4361; in Richards Castle follow brown 'historic church' tourism sign alongside the Castle Inn via country lane for 2 miles until finger post sign at top of hill

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Ludlow (4 miles).

OS Reference No.

SO 484 703

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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. John (16 Feb 2012, 15:55)

    Musty, but magnificent.

  2. Anonymous (10 Apr 2012, 16:57)

    Wonderful church in a beautiful setting. (9/4/2012)

  3. Howard Miles (14 Jun 2013, 16:34)

    I have lived in the area for 26 years and today I visited the Church for the first time. It was pouring with rain but this did not detract from the beauty, peace and overall tranquillity. Even the massive yew tree by the front porch sent my mind travelling back to the days when this church was the focal point of village life.

  4. Philip Whitehouse (15 Jul 2013, 03:22)

    We stumbled upon the church almost be accident-, and with the kind assistance of a local resident. It was a glorious day and the view from the churchyard was quite magnificent. The building itself was remarkable, as was the tantalizingly visible remains of Richard 's castle itself when viewed from the church.

  5. Alan Grove (10 Aug 2013, 19:30)

    The overview describing the church and its setting cannot be faulted. One of the best we have seen for location, history, architecture and atmosphere.

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St Bartholemew's Church, Richards Castle, 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 steep grass path to the church which is unsuitable for wheelchair users.

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.