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Church Heritage Visit - Pipe Aston, Shobden, Eardisley and Kilpeck
Mr Robert Garman
Wednesday 29th July 2015
During the next 12 to 18 months Robert Garman (Church Recording Group Leader) and Sue Child (a Church Recorder) will be visiting a variety of interesting churches to look at particular aspects of church buildings and furnishings, ranging from the Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture found in the Norman churches extending from Kilpeck through the Teme Valley to Rock and Ribbesford bordering The Wyre Forest, to the best of the Victorian churches such as Downton and All Saints Richards Castle. They also hope to visit all of the churches previously recorded by Teme Valley Church Recorders.
Members of Teme Valley DFAS are welcome to join Robert and Sue on these visits which will be informal and very much on a DIY basis - there will be no booking forms and no charges, arrange your own transport ( share if possible to reduce the number of cars needing to park at the churches ) and bring your own coffee and food or take pot luck in whatever pub is available.
Robert will lead the visits, armed with the latest up to date editions of Pevsner's The Buildings of England for Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, Simon Jenkins' England's Thousand Best Churches, Richard Taylor's How to Read a Church and Malcolm Thurlby's The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture, considered to be the authorative work on the subject and obtainable from Castle Bookshop, Ludlow, for £17.50. No doubt we will also refer to Inside Churches, published by NADFAS, which is the Church Recording "Bible".
The first day out will be on Wednesday 29th July, visiting Pipe Aston (to see the tympanum), Shobdon, Eardisley (to see the famous font) and Kilpeck to see particularly the remarkable carving around the doorway and the carved eaves corbels. At all of these churches the meaning and symbolism of the carving will be considered. Meet at Pipe Aston (on the minor road from Ludlow to Leinthall and Wigmore) at 10.30. Timing should allow for a lunch break in Eardisley where, it is understood, there is a decent enough pub.
Details of further visits and dates will be announced at TVDFAS lectures and published on the website.