St David’s Church, Much Dewchurch

This church, situated in the area known as Archenfield, formerly the little Welsh principality of Erging, may have been a Christian site since Roman times. The present church has an obvious Norman core reflecting its position as a border stronghold, though its inhabitants were allowed to keep their Welsh customs – as long as they manned the vanguard and rearguard when the Welsh were being attacked…

The Pye family are well memorialised! And with so many of their children lined up in height order for remembrance it is good to find several others in the church too, as well as good number of spruce bishops to balance the weather-beaten one on the porch.