Ewyas Harold

Our St David’s Day church-crawl in the direction of Wales took us first to Ewyas Harold: once a small Welsh lordship (Ewyas/Ewias) but occupied by the English (Harold was a grandson of Aethelred the Unready). Its most striking feature is its massive tower, earlier than the rest of the (rebuilt) church and eminently defensible.

A few other items from earlier times survive, notably the “heart burial” with effigy (the head-dress is said to indicate a vow of chastity) of Lady Clarissa Tregenz, niece to St (Bishop) Thomas Cantilupe.

I rather liked the churchwarden’s crooks as well: not crooked churchwardens you understand but echoing the pastoral authority of the bishop whose officers they are.