The Estate Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Yazor stands by the main road in a fairly isolated setting. The tall narrow spire is quite a landmark, and can be seen for miles along the Wye Valley.

 

 

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This church was built in the mid 19th century, mostly paid for by the Price family. Unfortunately, the architect, George Moore, was unable to complete the task due to increasing insanity and the completion of the church, including the spire, was undertaken by the then Rector, Revd. R.L. Freer.

The new church was consecrated at the beginning of December 1851, with the ceremonies beginning at midday, and the following description was in the Hereford Times:

“The church is in form, a cross of early English style, built of two descriptions of stone from the neighbouring quarries of Sir Robert Price;  the one, which is of peculiarly fine grain and quality, as well as of extreme hardness, forming the windows and doorways, and the angles of the building, the other, which is of a coarser grain.

The new church was commenced by the late Mr. Uvedale Price, and is beautifully situated on the right of the road from Hereford to Kington, on a sunny knoll, near the entrance to the Foxley grounds, commanding a lovely view of the valley of the Wye, rich with its native vest of oak and elm and ash, and bounded by the distant line of the Black Mountains, whilst the glorious wood of Foxley and the well known hill called “Lady Lift” form a background of surpassing richness and a secure shelter from the north and east”.

 

This church was declared redundant in 1986 but remained consencrated, and it was one of 9 Herefordshire churches to be rescued by the Churches Conservation Trust.

Recently, a wonderful concert was held in thechurch, covering a wide range of music, all made possible by the restoration of the dilapidated organ to full working order.

Epitaph from Old Stone in Graveyard of Original Church

“Neare to this place

Interrd are laid five

little and one larger

Maid who lived Sweet

Babes but little Space

But Martha lived seven

Years at leaft thrice hap

they to die so foun for had

they lived its ten to one what

others do they would have

done their names in verfe I

cant compofe therefore Ive

Put them down in Profe.

Lucy Mary Suky Sar

Elizabeth & Martha

the Children of Thomas Watkins

and Sibil his Wife

of this parifh of Yazor”