Bodenham, St Michael's Church
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The church consists of a chancel, a 3-bay nave with clerestory, south and north aisles, and a solid west tower on a square plan topped by a truncated lantern spire. The nave and tower were built between 1280 and 1400. About two centuries later the nave roof was raised and large clerestory windows inserted, making the interior light and spacious.
Within the church are several intriguing historical monuments and a 13th-century panelled font. The ceiling of the chancel is worth note for its beautiful ribbed vaulting. On the north side of the chancel is a tomb niche containing an unidentified medieval effigy of a woman, possibly a member of the Devereux family.
The carving detail of her wimple and coif is wonderful, and her hand rests lightly on the shoulder of a child, presumably deceased. It is a very touching portrayal and much more 'personal' than many stylised monuments.
Against the outer wall of the north aisle is a parish chest dated to 1684. Several of the nave pillars bear whitish stains showing the highest point reached by waters of the Lugg in spate! Look for medieval mason's marks on several of the nave pillars.
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About Bodenham, St Michael's Church
Address: Bodenham, Herefordshire, England, HR1 3JU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a minor road off the A417 about 7 miles north of Hereford
Website: Bodenham, St Michael's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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