St Cuthbert's Church, Holme Lacy, Herefordshire

Address: Church Road, Holme Lacy, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 6LX
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Angels, a demon and knights in shining armour

In a pretty setting on a bend in the River Wye, looking across to the Herefordshire hills, this delightful church is well worth a visit just to enjoy its rich collection of monuments.

The Scudamore family were patrons of the church from Medieval times until the 20th century, and their monuments are a spectacular treasure. The church also has monuments to the Lucas-Tooth family who bought the estate in 1909.

John Scudamore, who died in 1571 lies beside his wife on a tomb chest, decked out in full armour. James Scudamore, who died in 1668, wears Roman costume in a great wedding cake of a wall monument – possibly by Grinling Gibbons.

There is also a Victorian monument to a naval captain shows a fleet of fully rigged ships. There are even some 20th century monuments - in the churchyard is a memorial to Edwyn Scudamore Stanhope, who died in 1933, pictured as a heroic knight in armour.

Beautiful stained glass also delights the eye. Most of it is 19th and 20th century, though the chancel north window is made up of fragments of Medieval glass. In the nave is a striking window showing two of King Arthur’s knights, given in memory of Archibald Lucas-Tooth, who died in World War I.

His father, Sir Robert, is commemorated in the wonderful glass in the great east window, showing St Michael weighing souls.

Other treasures to look for include the unusual 17th century font, with its elegant stem and richly decorated bowl, and the carvings on the Medieval stalls, showing angels, men, a horned demon and a dog.

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Road directions

5 miles south east of Hereford; Holme Lacy is located off B4399 between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye; in village follow signs to Holme Lacy Hotel, continue past hotel, turn left at the brown 'historic church' sign into Church Road; church at the end of the lane

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Hereford (6 miles). Bus route numbers 453, 454, 456, 457.

OS Reference No.

SO 569 348

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PDF iconA walk round guide for St Cuthbert's Church, Holme Lacy (PDF, 713kb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconHerefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.3mb)

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. Sue Dyson (24 May 2012, 19:44)

    Visited 20th May and noticed graveyard beautifully kept and grass mowed except for the enclosure of the Scudamore family with the large statue.. As this is accessable through a gate why is this area of grass left uncut? It looked out of place.

    The needlepoint of the pew cushions was lovely as was the beautiful altar cloth. A church with plenty of history. I really enjoyed the visit. We tried to find the most recent burial. Is it still used for this purpose?

  2. Elizabeth C (21 Apr 2013, 22:09)

    I visted this church a few years back and have a special interest, as my mothers maiden name is Scudamore and my Grandfather is a direct desendent of the Scudamore Family. To me this a special place, as the people buried here are my anchestors. The church is beautiful inside and out and the setting by the River Wye is perfect.
    The hills in the distance makes the perfect setting. History is abundance here and my family history.

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St Cuthbert's Church, Holme Lacy, Herefordshire

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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 path to the church and ramp access into church.

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.