Halford, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman north doorway with carved tympanum and capitals.
Ah, but walk around to the south side of the church and the Norman origins of the church quickly become apparent. There is a blocked south doorway with a typical rounded 12th century arch and carved capitals, and the slender lancets letting light into the tower are of 12th century date also.
The east doorway capital is carved with an upside-down figure of a human head. The western capital is worn, but bears a fascinating series of small carvings. At the centre is a human figure holding a sceptre and the stem of a plant. The figure is flanked by a griffin and a lion, and below are fleur-de-lys.
On the south side of the 12th century chancel arch, immediately behind the chair, is a round-headed niche with a very worn statue. There was originally a matching statue niche on the north side of the arch, but this has been filled in. Behind the statue you can make out traces of colour from medieval wall paintings, though the design is too difficult to make out.
On the north wall of the chancel is a simple tablet to Frances Granger, who died in 1674, and in the nave is a rather nice wall tablet to Mary Plumb (d. 1763).
Wow! I loved this church. The setting is fantastic, with Cotswold stone cottages clustered around the churchyard. The age of this simple church and the many, many features of historic interest - especially the wonderful north doorway - make it a pleasure to visit.
Address: Queen Street, Halford, Warwickshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the end of Queen Street. For satnavs use the nearest postcode CV36 5BT
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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