St Bartholemew's Church, Richards Castle, Herefordshire
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A Medieval church and Knights Templar chapel
This twelfth-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 seventeenth-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.
A church as broad as it is long
A tiny church with ancient origins
A Norman time capsule in a beautiful setting
There is a steep grass path to the church which is unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway station: Ludlow (4 miles).
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
St Bartholemews Church, Richard's Castle, is in our west region.
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