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County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Richards Castle (Hereford)
National Grid Reference:
SO 48433 70280


SO 47 SE; 1/120


Church of St Bartholomew




Parish church, now redundant. C12, extended early C14 and early C15, restored late C19. Random rubble with some ashlar dressings and tile roofs. Nave and chancel C12, south aisle and north chapel C14, south porch C15.

South aisle of three bays divided by stepped buttresses, with angle buttresses to corner. Central window a pair of lancets, that in east bay of two cinquefoiled lights with quatrefoil in head and two-centred arch. West bay contains the south door which has a two-centred arch and moulded stone jambs. The early C15 stone south porch has a two-centred arch of two chamfered orders with chamfered imposts. The side windows are each of two trefoiled lights under a square head. West window of aisle is a pair of lancets, east window of three cinquefoiled lights with tracery in head under two-centred arch; the jambs, arch and mullions are decorated with ball flower ornament. Nave: C12, west wall rebuilt late C14 with a window of four trefoiled lights with tracery in head under a two-centred arch. North wall has two C19 buttresses to west end. Two C12 small semi-circular headed windows, that to west partially hidden by buttress. North chapel of early C14 has a north window of four trefoiled lights with star-shaped tracery in head under a two-centred arch with moulded label and shafts to jambs. East window of three trefoiled lights with tracery under square head, west window of three ogee trefoiled lights under a square head. Chancel: C12, with early C14 windows. South wall of two bays with a window of two ogee trefoiled lights under a square head to west, and of two ogee trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil in the two-centred head. Priest's door of C14 between has a two-centred head and label. Below eastern window a 2-light stone mullioned window and the two-centred head of a doorway to vault, perhaps C16 or C17. East window of four trefoiled lights with flowing tracery is a two-centred head with label.

INTERIOR: C14 south arcade of three bays with two-centred arches of two chamfered orders, piers and responds of same section and square moulded imposts with ballflower ornament. North arcade to chapel of two bays with two-centred arches of two sunk-chamfered orders, piers and responds of similar section with moulded and embattled imposts. Chancel arch has responds and two-centred arch of two sunk-chamfered orders with moulded and embattled imposts partly cut away for rood loft. In south wall of south aisle, at east end, a piscina with cinquefoiled head, projecting bowl cut back flush with wall. To east of it a locker with rebate for shelf. In north chapel under north window the east side of a large tomb recess with moulded jambs, and cusped arch with crockets, the rest hidden by early C18 pew. Roof of chancel of three bays, probably C17 with moulded tie beams and diagonal struts to collars. The wall posts below are pendant with moulded terminals. Nave roof of seven bays, probably C17, has a collar supported by two vertical struts with diagonal bracing, a king post on collar. North chapel roof is C14, common rafter with collar, straight arch braces and ashlar pieces to each rafter couple. South aisle ceiled, with three raking wooden struts with massive wooden screw threads spanning aisle to hold leaning south wall of nave, probably C17. Fittings: C13 coffin lid with foliated cross in relief against west wall of south aisle. Chancel has a C17 communion table altar. Altar rails have C17 turned balusters and moulded hand rail. The C19 pews contain some C17 panelling. Pulpit in north-east corner of nave has a C17 panelled base, the upper part C19 incorporating traceried panels (and in adjoining rector's pew). Pews in nave and south aisle are box pews of C17 panelling, the interior of that to east end of nave with fluted frieze. A door on south side of nave dated "SH 1688". To west end of nave three benches, and then an early C19 - raised seating area. Early C18 family pew in north chapel with canopy supported on slender fluted columns. Fragments of C14 glass. in many of the windows, with a Coronation of the Virgin in the head of the east window of north chapel. C18 floor slabs in chancel to Salway family with armorial bearings. Six diamond-shaped hatchments hang in chancel.

Listing NGR: SO4842970280


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Books and journals
Inventory of Herefordshire III North West, (1934), 172
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire, (1963), 275


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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