St Mary, Walterstone
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St Mary's Walterstone is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.
The earliest parts of the fabric of this church to survive are the chancel windows of c.1500 and the late medieval base and shaft of the churchyard cross. However, it is likely that the later walls, dating from restorations in the 16th to the 19th centuries, stand on the original foundations. The font is c.13th century. An early 17th century stained-glass window depicts the quartered arms of the family of Cecil, brought here from the family home at nearby Allt-yr-Ynys, where the cousin of Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley (the chief minister of Queen Elizabeth I) lived. This cousin’s funeral at Walterstone Church in 1598 was an extremely grand ceremony, with the church and churchyard overflowing with mourners. The monuments include a 1775 Price tablet of slate signed by Aaeron Brute, a notable sculptural mason of the 18th century. The Price family included Vicars of Walterstone and early pioneers of the Church Missionary Society. The parish has an Iron Age hillfort and reported Roman remains. Walterstone motte-and-bailey castle is adjacent to the church and the views towards the Skirrid are superb. Guided tours available by arrangement.
Our usual Church Services are 1st Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion (CW Order One Traditional Language), except in December when the service is held at 3pm (Carol Service). We host the Group’s 5th Sunday Holy Communion Service on a rota basis. We also have occasional special Services.
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