English country #churches are amazing… fabulous architecture & full of local history, legends and spooky tombs. The best way to visit is on a #bike, during your #cyclingholiday, it means you get to see how diverse they are…here are a couple of examples
This is St Bartholomew’s church in Richards Castle near Ludlow. Its no longer used by the community (the main church is a Victorian church built about a mile away) & you can visit this on any of our Black and White villages cycling holidays. It stands high on a hill next to a ruined castle. It has a separate fortified bell tower and a stark, but beautiful interior. The original box pews for the villagers & local gentry are still in place, and huge wooden screws hold up the walls and there is a Knights Templar chapel. You can see that in medieval times this was the centre of a thriving community; in fact at one point Richards Castle was a bigger community than nearby Ludlow. There are fabulous views, & with the castle it makes a good stop to catch your breath on your cycling holiday.
At the other extreme St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny, is very much in use by the community , in the centre of the town. It was built in 1067 on the site of Romano/British and Celtic site of worship. There are some amazing tombs and best of all a unique and huge 15th century carving of Jesse (the father of King David). carved from one piece of oak. You can visit this on our Lon Las Cymru cycling holiday.