Ashton-under-Hill, St Barbara's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Finely carved 15th century font
Reader what needs a panegyricks skillThere is very nice stained glass, much of it late 19th century glass in Arts and Crafts style by the F Holt Company of Warwick. A small fragment of medieval glass is set in one of the windows in the south wall, to the west of the south door. This roundel depicts the arms of the Cheyne family, who held the Priory of Beckford from 1379-1437. Sir John Cheyne served as Speaker of the House of Commons.
A limmers pensill or a poets quill
They are but miserable comforters
When bad one die that paint their sepulchres
And when the life in Holiness is spent
The naked name's a marble monument
To keep from rottig piety and almes
Doe farr excell the best Egyptian balmes
Then whoever thou art this course is safe
Live live thy self both tomb and epitaph
AMORIS ERGO POSUIT
April 8 Ano Dom 1651
The glass is set in a very large 15th century window. The size of the window suggests that it was brought here from a nearby abbey at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
In the churchyard, to the south of the church, is a yew tree thought to be at least 350 years old, and just outside the lych gate is a 15th century cross. The cross shaft is entirely original, but the cross head has been lost and replaced by a sundial. It is thought that the cross stands on the site where visiting monks from Beckford Priory preached sermons to the local residents before the church was built.
About Ashton under Hill
Address: Elmley Road, Ashton-under-Hill, Worcestershire, England, WR11 7SX
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Opposite the T-junction in the centre of Ashton village, by the medieval cross. Parking along the main road. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Ashton under Hill
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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