Church of England Diocese of Hereford Stretton Sugwas

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The church was built in 1878 after demolishing the old church due to disrepair, using the timbers from the old church as beams and they raised a tower much higher than the original and a loftier nave, entered through old Norman arches from the South door and tower. Light streams through generous windows showing up some of the treasures in stone.

The greatest of the treasure is the Samson Tympanum, as you walk in at the South door it faces you above the door to the belfry. It is a semi-circular carving of breath taking beauty, depicting Samson seated astride a lion and forcing its jaws open with bare hands. It is a brilliant example of the work of the great mediaeval sculptor known as the Chief Master , working under the patronage of Sir Ralph de Baskerville.

The incised memorial stone of Richard Greenway and his wife is built into the South Wall by the Norman font, in the old church it was laid over their grave.

The old Chancel screen was re-erected at the entrance to the Vestry, consisting of two fixed panels and double doors it shows that the Chancel Arch of the old church was quite narrow.

Samples of heraldic tiles can be seen in the Vestry

Stretton Sugwas
Hereford
HR4 7PT

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