Lyonshall, St Michael Church
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Much of the interior was remodelled by a Victorian vicar named Rev. Charles Edward Maddison-Green. The Reverend Maddison-Green was also responsible for the nearby school (now a private dwelling) and the vicarage.
The church is built of red sandstone rubble to a plan that has not changed appreciably since 1250. Even older is the west wall of the nave, which dates to the 11th century and is the oldest section of the church. The north nave arcade is made up of slender pillars with beautifully carved column capitals from about 1250.
The south arcade dates to a century later, and here the pillars are octagonal in section. Above the first column on the south side of the nave is a carved head which may have survived from an earlier church.
The north aisle features a 13th-century lancet window, the same date as the chancel arch, windows and door. Also in the north aisle is a 13th century stone effigy, and a poignant floor tablet to 7-month-old John Cheese (d. 1795).
About Lyonshall, St Michael Church
Address: Lyonshall, Herefordshire, England, HR5 3HR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Lyonshall, St Michael Church
Photo Credit: andy dolman, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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