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Hope Bagot – St John the Baptist

About this churchyard

St John the Baptist is an ancient church built next to a venerable yew which has survived since the Roman occupation and a holy well. The churchyard has been traditionally managed as a species rich grassland for many years and is left to flower until late July when it is scythed and raked.

In early summer the churchyard is a sea of oxeye daisies with selfheal, yellow rattle and meadow buttercup scattered throughout the mix of grasses.  Later in the season devils bits scabious betony and back knapweed emerge.  Over 100 species of plant and 60 species of fungi have been recorded in this churchyard so far.

Key Features
  • Wildflower areas
  • Wildlife haven
  • Birders paradise
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Lovely lychgate
Visitor Information

🥾 This is a sloping site both the access at the lych gate and from the car park have steps. Once in the churchyard there is a solid path to the church and across the churchyard.  Other paths are grassy and uneven.

🅿 There is a small car park shared with the village hall to the south of the church.

 

Address

St John the Baptist’s Church, Hope Bagot , Ludlow, SY8 3AF

Opening Times

The graveyard is accessible at all times.

Contact details

Website for the church http://www.tenburyteam.co.uk/

Accessibility

This is a sloping site both the access at the lych gate and from the car park have steps. Once in the churchyard there is a solid path to the church and across the churchyard.  Other paths are grassy and uneven.

Toilets

Castle Street Car Park (behind Ludlow Market), Ludlow, SY8 1AT (15 mins drive) Male toilets, Female toilets, Urinal, Unisex Disabled toilets – Radar Key accessible, Baby Changing facilities. Opening Times: 7.00am – 7.00pm, 7 days a week. There is a charge of 20p for the use of these toilets.

Seating

There are a couple of benches in the churchyard and seating in the porch.

Parking

There is a small car park shared with the village hall to the south of the church.

Cafe

Ludlow (15 mins drive) has a number of cafe’s and take away options.