BRAMPTON BRYAN CHURCH Herefordshire
see also the article on Brampton Bryan Castle

The village of Brampton Bryan is on the A4113, 11 miles west of Ludlow. The church is in the centre of the village.
(grid reference SO 370725  -  postcode SY7 0DH)

The vill of Brampton Bryan came into Mortimer hands in 1075 when it was held by the Barre Family who gave the village its second name of Brampton Barre to distinguish it from the many other Bramptons in the country. By the 1140’s the Barres had been succeeded by a new family who probably married an heiress of Richard Barre mentioned in Domesday. This family took their surname from Brampton and lived here until the family died out in 1294. The vill of Brampton Bryan then passed to the Harley family. They still live in the great house built on the site of Brampton Bryan Castle next to the Church.

The church as it stands today has been much altered. The bulk of the south wall is probably thirteenth century, but the rest of the church was demolished during or soon after the siege by the Royalists in 1643. It was then rebuilt to a peculiar shape using the modified old roof from the castle hall in 1656. This makes it one of only six churches built during the period of the commonwealth (1649-60). If you look carefully at the exterior west wall you can still trace a ghost of the line of the original nave wall and roof.

Brampton Bryan
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Notes by Paul Remfry
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