St Michael, Sollers Hope, Herefordshire

Feature Sets (2)

Description

Sollers Hope is a small village set in a hilly pasture and woodland area, 8 miles SE of Hereford and 6 miles SW of Ledbury. Settlement is scattered, and the church and Court Farm which form the focus are reached via a series of increasingly narrow single-track roads. St Michaels has a chancel with a N vestry, and a nave with a S porch and a timber framed W bell turret with an octagonal spire. Otherwise construction is of coursed local sandstone rubble, roughly squared. The body of the church is 14thc, and it was restored by Nicholson and Son in 1885. They added the vestry, and replaced the spire and the wagon roofs. The only Romanesque feature here is the font.

History

The manor of Sollers Hope was held by Haghni in 1066 and by Richard (de Solers) from Ansfrid de Cormeilles in 1086. It was assessed at 5 hides, of which 1½ were held by an unnamed knight. The Solers family continued to hold the manor, and Richard Whittington c.1354-1423, four times Lord Mayor of London was descended from the female line.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

At the W end of the nave in the centre is a plain tub font on a modern or retooled chamfered drum base. The bowl is of Caplar sandstone, vertically tooled, chamfered around the top edge and unlined, and has the remains of staples on the rim at SE and NW.

Dimensions
Diameters
External diameter of bowl at rim 0.84 m
Internal diameter of bowl at rim 0.58 m
Heights
Height of base 0.31 m
Height of bowl 0.63 m
Height of font 0.94 m

Comments/Opinions

RCHME and the List Description date the font bowl 'probably C13', but for Marshall, Brooks (2012) and the present author it is a 12thc piece.

Bibliography

  • A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 602.

  • W. H. Cooke, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Herefordshire in continuation of Duncumb's History, III (Greytree Hundred) 1882.

  • Historic England Listed Building (EH Legacy ID) 154313.

  • G. Marshall, 'Sollers Hope Church, Herefordshire', Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. Volume for 1924, 1925, 1926 Part III 1926, 186-87.

  • G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”,  Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, II (1950), 41.

  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 290.

  • RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 168-70.

Location

Site Location
Sollers Hope
National Grid Reference
SO 613 332 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Herefordshire
now: Herefordshire
Diocese
now: Hereford
medieval: Hereford
Dedication
now: St Michael
medieval: St Michael (pre-Reformation)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter 
Visit Date
01 November 2017