The village of Richards Castle straddles the border between Herefordshire and Shropshire and is about 7 miles from Leominster.

Richards Castle gained its name from a certain Richard Fitz Scrob, who came to England before the Norman Conquest and befriended Edward the Confessor.  When Edward became king, he gave many estates away to favoured Normans and Richard  Fitz Scrob was one who benefitted in this way.

Richard was responsible for building one of the first Norman castles in the country, and although its use was short lived the name of the man lives on through the village.


Churches of Richards Castle

  • St. Bartholomew's Church - Richards Castle

    This 12th century church, the older of the two in the village, stands next to the ruins of the castle which gives the village its name and there is a glorious view from its position on the hill. St Bartholomew’s Church was made redundant in 1982 and is now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

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