Pembridge, St Mary Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century detached bell tower
St Mary's bell tower rises in three timber-framed stages from a roughly octagonal stone base. Architecturally it is almost unique in England, having more in common with churches in Sweden and Norway than most other English bell towers. The base is 45 feet in diameter, with a short, pyramidal roof topped with a shingle-clad spire.
When you enter the tower you immediately get a sense of this remarkable structure; the timber-framing is based on 8 huge oak posts in a square pattern, braced by a series of smaller oak cross-pieces. The tower is most likely early 13th century, though there has been much restoration over the centuries. The oldest part are the original corner posts, which have been dated through dendrochronolgy to 1207-1216. The stone walls were probably constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries.
As for the church itself, that is well worth a visit on its own acount! There was a Norman church on the site, but this was replaced by the current building starting in 1320. Of the earlier church the only remains are two arches in the chancel and a carved pillar in the south wall. The church is entred by way of a 14th century porch. The old oaken door boasts a medieval sanctuary knocker.
At the west end of the nave is a 13th century font supported on 4 short posts around a central shaft. The pupit is Jacobean, in octagonal shape, with two tiers of carved panels. The lower tier depicts strange beasts, or monsters, while the upper tier is arcaded.
The exterior of the west door shows bullet holes thought to be the work of Cromwell's soldiers when Pembridge was the scene of fierce fighting during the Civil War.
About Pembridge, St Mary Church
Address: Pembridge, Herefordshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the A44 in the centre of Pembridge.
Website: Pembridge, St Mary Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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