Church Of St Bartholomew

12 Jun 2000
Church Of St Bartholomew, Vowchurch, Herefordshire
Photograph (Digital)
Not what you're looking for? Try a new search


This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


3/128 Church of St Bartholomew 26/1/67 -


Parish church. C12 origins with major work of late C13, C14 and C17.

Finely coursed sandstone rubble, timber-framed bell turret, stone slate and slate roofs. Three-bay nave and 2-bay chancel in one, bell turret in west gable, south porch. The bell turret, possibly dating from early C16, is timber-framed with close-studding with 2 rails topped by a slate-clad broach spire. Two-light late C19 cinquefoiled west window. North-west window of nave is of similar design but probably C14. The next window to the west is C13 with 3 stepped lights. Two c1300 trefoiled windows on north side of chancel have 2 lights - the western one is restored. East window similar to the 3-light window in the north wall of the nave. Two 2-light trefoiled windows in south wall of chancel matching those on north side. South-east window of nave matches the 3-light window opposite. East of the south porch is one small C12 round-headed window. South porch has C18 wicket gate and gabled stone slate roof with each side supported by 12 C17 balusters. Entrance under 2-centred moulded C14 arch, contemporary ledged door with ornate strap hinges and 3 vertical fillets Interior: mainly C17 roof is supported on 7 pairs of chamfered posts extending to wall-plate level.

Consoles on each post carry struts supporting tie-beams with pendants; above the ties are collars supported by queen struts and angle struts. Between the last and penultimate pair of posts, corresponding to the liturgical chancel, are 2 C14 (?) trusses without posts consisting of foiled principal rafters and V-struts above arch-braced collars rising from the wall-plates. The chancel is also defined by a C17 screen enriched with 2 terms beneath a central pediment and a plank and muntin derived dado supporting balusters. In the chancel are 2 inward-facing benches incised "RK 1636", C17 altar rails with turned balusters, a C13 piscina with 2-centred head and 2 basins and a shelf, also a late C19 heating stove inscribed "FLAT TOP/ ROMEESSE". Nave: pulpit is probably C18, 5-sided with plain moulded rail and bulbous pedestal with 3 feet. West of the pulpit in the north wall are two plain arched tomb recesses. On the south side west of the screen is a large niche, possibly the remains of access door to rood loft Oak panelling, probably C17, runs along both sides of the nave. The font has a fluted circular basin, probably C12, supported on a C19 base. At the west end of the nave 2 parclose screens with balusters, possibly C17, divide off the north-west and south-west corners and in the centre is a C17 heavy open timber-framed belfry support with a large central pendant and angle struts to the bottom storey. Monuments: on the south side of the east wall a tapering marble wall plaque in the style of Canova containing a head, to Sir Edward Boughton, died 1794, of Poston Court (qv); on the west side of the south door, a simple stone plque supported on a bracket, to Matthew Seaborne, died 1798. Graded I on account of unusual interior with posts supporting roof trusses.

Listing NGR: SO3618536466


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0721 IOE Records taken by G Jane Fleet; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© G. Jane Fleet. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Fleet, G. Jane

Rights Holder: Fleet, G. Jane


Rubble, Sandstone, Slate, Stone, Timber, Medieval Parish Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Church, Place Of Worship, Wall Monument, Commemorative, Commemorative Monument, Plaque