All Saints, Brockhampton by Ross, Herefs 1/2 on Flickr.

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All Saints dates from the early C20, has a central tower and a short south porch tower with half-timbered bellstage. The church itself is thatched and all is of the Arts & Crafts period. Inside transverse stone arches, and fine attention to detail. Burne-Jones tapestries, cute conical suspended light fittings, and a set of stalls with panelled fronts, each panel differing from the others and depicting local flora.

St Andrew, Evesbatch, Herefs on Flickr.

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Quite remote and really cutely proportioned church, not tall and rather narrow. Over restored, but containing a good Jacobean font cover and early glass by Kempe in the East window. However the star attraction here is the hanging monument to a Mrs Dobyns d1658, a mix of rustic framing and allegorical flanking figures but a frontal bust of the lady holding a baby of exquisite detail.

St Mary, Bishop’s Frome, Herefs on Flickr.

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Medieval tower, huge Norman south doorway and Norman chancel arch, which was sufficient enough for F R Kempson to rebuild the rest of the church in a crazy neo-Norman style. Two unusual monuments, in the east end of the north aisle a painted memorial sadly behind glass and a point and shoot nightmare to photograph, and on the south side of the nave a wonderful effigy of a late C13 knight, his head beautifully and perfectly detailed to the point you must question whether it has been retooled. A first for me was a medieval wooden screen in the aisle to which net curtains have been added……..

St Michael, Castle Frome, Herefs on Flickr.

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I can happily report that this church was open. Seemingly set into the hillside this picturesque church is largely Norman, altered since, and gone over heavily by the Victorians. Those in the know do not really come to see the architecture, but to marvel at a treasure inside. However my fellow churchcrawler Aidan told me that he had never been here before but had seen the treasure it holds in an exhibition in London in the 1980s. How annoying it would be to make the effort to come to this remote spot and find the star attraction was away on tour! I am talking of course about the astonishing Norman font, an ornately carved bowl showing the Baptism of Christ on a short base with three crouching supporters of which only one now looks out into the gloom of the church. There is also an ornately carved pair of effigies on a tomb chest with family around three sides. It also shows traces of colouring. However my favourite feature is a small little knight holding possibly his heart on the sill of the south sanctuary window. (Written before the little knight was stolen)

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