Dorstone, St Faith Church
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In 1256 the family of Richard de Brito, one of the knights involved in the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, decided to build a chapel here as an act of expiation (an alternate reading of events is that Richard de Brito himself built a chapel shortly after Becket's murder, and his descendants later erected a dedication stone).
Part of the original dedication stone has survived. It reads 'This chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary as promised by Richard de Brito in 1256'. That 13th-century building lasted until 1827 when it was torn down, to be replaced by a new building.
Unfortunately, that first 19th-century church was built so poorly that it had to be replaced itself in 1889 by the current St Faith's church, a Victorian Gothic building in Early English style.
Thankfully, parts of the earlier medieval structures have survived, and are incorporated in the current church. The chancel arch is one such remain; it dates to the 13th century, as does the piscina and a water stoup by the south door. The font base is 14th century, but is topped by a modern bowl.
One intriguing historical note must be mentioned; from 1663 to 1953 that is, for almost 300 years, members of the same family, the Powell's, served as rectors of Dorstone church.
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About Dorstone, St Faith Church
Address: Dorstone, Herefordshire, England, HR3 6AN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the B4348
Website: Dorstone, St Faith Church
Photo Credit: Philip Halling, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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