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).  NO SERVICE IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

6.3.16     -  10am Morning Worship (Mothering Sunday)

27.3.16   -   Easter Day  -  St Peter's Rowlestone for 11.15am HC (CW Contemporary Language)

Sunday 3.4.16     -  10am Communion (CW Trad)

Sunday 2.10.16  -  Harvest Festival at 10am and lunch at the village hall from 12noon.

Sunday 4.12.16  -  Carol Service at 3pm

24.12.16  -  St Peter's Rowlestone for 8.30pm Christmas Communion (CW Contemporary Language)

5th Sundays 2016:-

30.10.16  -  11am Deanery Service at Dorstone.  All Saint's Sunday.  Pizza lunch afterwards (bring toppings).

1.1.17  -  11am Group Communion, St Mary's Kentchurch.


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The Revd Ashley Evans
The Rectory,
Ewyas Harold,
Herefordshire HR2 0EZ
(01981) 240079 (Rector)

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Carol Service
Carol Service foilowed by refreshments in church
Sunday 4th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1½ hours


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Incumbent: The Revd Ashley Francis EVANS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10761
Built: 15th/16th/19th centuries
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: Walterstone (180040 )
CofE Church Info: (618040 18/40)
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This page was last updated on Sunday 9th October 2016
St Mary : Court Rd, On minor road west of A465, in the hamlet of Walterstone.Grid reference: SO 341250, Walterstone, Herefordshire, HR2 0DX


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