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St Mary, Orcop, Herefordshire on Flickr.

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On a hillside, my first glimpse being of it at the back of a field of maize (I think). Typical local timber tower on a stone base and a timber south porch. The only real surprise outside is the chapter-house-like vestry at the north-east corner. Many of the details seen date from the Victorian restoration. However it is quite charming in my humble opinion

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All Saints, Brockhampton by Ross, Herefs ½ 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.

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Chapelry, Sutton Mallet, Somerset on Flickr.

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An oddity, and difficult to photograph from any other angle but this one. It is vested in the Churches Conservation Trust and a key is available from a nearby farm, although the farmer has tried to leave it open but the village has been plagued by yoof who took to “playing” in here as some entries in the VB still evidence. The church is the work of Richard Carver, 1829, but the tower is medieval altered and heightened.

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St Mary, Moorlinch, Somerset on Flickr.

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Another church trying to hide, but does not do it as well as Cossington as it is on a hill. Quite a long walk to the porch from the road. West tower, nave, porch and chancel. The tower is unbuttressed and C13 below, the chancel is largely C14 and the rest a medley of styles all tidied up in the C19. Yet the outer doorway of the porch seems to be late Norman, probably reused here. The porch itself shelters a C14 door with blank tracery. From the outside came strains of an organ playing and I hoped it was not a service.

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