St James's Church, Tedstone Delamere

Recent Photograph of St James's Church (Tedstone Delamere)

St James's Church is - according to Littlebury's Directory of Herefordshire, 1876-7 a complete rebuild, in 1856-57 under the direction of George Gilbert Scott, when “the character of the old building was reproduced in the new, so far as was possible, with all its local idiosyncrasies, the Norman and Early English work being replaced, piece by piece”. However both Pevsner in Buildings of England and Mike Salter's book The Old Parish Churches of Herefordshire say only the Chancel was rebuilt.

Note also the Churchyard Cross in the foreground, which Pevsner dates to the 14th century, although the upper part is a replacement, with the original head preserved elsewhere. It has a relief of the Crucifixion on one side, and on the other the Virgin and Child, which Littlebury's describes as a small arched slab. Mention is also made of an hour-glass case - “affixed probably in the days of Puritan preachers to the pulpit, and now placed in the porch”.  Unfortunately, however I missed seeing it.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 22nd October 2008.
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