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Cusop: St Mary, HR3 5RQ


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Cusop: St Mary, Cusop
Address
Cusop Hereford, HR3 5RQ
Deanery
Abbeydore
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St Mary's Church,Cusop, is a very pretty, ancient church nestling on the Welsh border and surrounded by breathtaking views. We have three services a month. Details of services can be found on the St Mary's Church pages on the Cusop village website and in our local Link magazine.

Do come and visit our church which has "help yourself" tea and coffee and a fantastic Bookstall! The church has a fascinating history and a wealth of intersting features. The churchyard is home to some magnificent ancient yew trees, as well as Sorbus torminalis, the  rare wild service tree. We have a very active "Caring for God's Acre" team of local volunteers. At the back of the church, we have developed wild flower meadows which are cut annually with scythes. We try to encourage as much wildlife as possible in our churchyard which is home to numerous species of birds and even the rare Earthstar fungus.

History

The original dedication of St Mary's Church, Cusop was to the Welsh saint, St Cewydd, the Welsh Rain Saint.  In fact the name Cusop is derived from Cewydd. 
Features of the original Norman Church can still be seen. There is Norman carving on the chancel arch and the small window to the west side of the main door is Norman. The north door is blocked but can easily be seen from outside, at the back of the church. There was once a rood loft and screen, in front of the chancel arch, but all that remains is the built-in doorway above the war memorial.
 The font may date as far back as the 14th century. It is made of a single massive stone decorated with saltire crosses.The roof of the church was constructed in the 14th century. In 1961 a new bellcote was erected with six new bells. In the year 2000 a new Millennium window was designed by Nicola Hopwood and installed in the east window.

Treasures

Cusop Church has many treasures including registers going back to 1698 and a Welsh Prayer Book of 1664 which is fascinating when one considers that the English Prayer Book was printed in 1662, it also indicates that Welsh was probably the predominant language in Cusop Church at that time. Two centuries later, a brass plate was given to the church by the Revd Andrew Pope, who was mentioned in the diaries Revd Francis Kilvert. On the wall of the nave is a memorial dedicated to William Seward. He was a friend of the Wesleys and a lay preacher, speaking to large crowds in the open air. On one occasion in 1740, he spoke to a crowd in Hay who became so hostile that Seward had to withdraw. A week later he died. His grave lies on the south side of the church under a magnificent yew tree.

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday


  • Holy Communion

    Do come along to our service of Holy Communion, everyone is most welcome.

    Every 2nd Sunday at 11 a.m. for 50 minutes

    Communion

  • Matins

    A Matins service using the Book of Common Prayer. Everyone is welcome to this service which takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

    Every 1st Sunday at 11 a.m. for 50 minutes

    Morningworship

  • 1st Sunday Matins Service 11.00am

    A friendly, communion service is held on the 2nd Sunday at 11.00am. Everyone welcome!

    Every Sunday at None for 60 minutes

  • 2nd Sunday Holy Communion Service 11.00am

    A traditional Matins Service is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11.00am.
    Everyone welcome!

    Every Sunday at None for 45 minutes

  • 4th Sunday at 11.00am Morning Prayer

    Every Sunday at None for 45 minutes

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