Monday, October 12, 2009

St John the Baptist, Llanrothal, Herefordshire

One of the most isolated churches in Herefordshire, reached by road from Welsh Newton along a 3 mile or so no through road. There is a bend in the road when you first see the church across the fields, and there is a grassed track leading to the church from the road a little further on past the church itself. This is now a Churches Conservation Trust church, and here they have done something unusual, as they have re-roofed the nave. They have also made a chancel arch of sorts, as the chancel had a west wall before vesting. It is probably never locked. Nave and chancel only, with the base of a former west bellcote. The dedication was formerly St Rhyddol, but was changed c1200. This part of England was still welsh-speaking in the early C19.

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