Church Interior

Shobdon Church
The church of St John the Evangelist, Shobdon, Herefordshire


Welcome to the web site of the Shobdon Church Preservation Trust, protecting the fabric of this building of national importance for future generations.

Church Interior

Shobdon Church is a hugely important work of architecture. It has a direct connection to Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill in Twickenham and the members of the "Committee of Taste" which strongly influenced its design. Its amazingly intact interior and matching furniture are the sole example of this Walpolean Gothick style of Georgian church architecture and furnishing.

Service of re-dedication

The Feast of All Saints, Sunday, 4th November, saw the culmination of twelve years and some £1.25 million of repair work to restore our unique "Strawberry Hill Gothic" Church.

Donors, patrons and contractors enjoyed a reception at Shobdon Court hosted by Penny Corbett who welcomed Revd Brenda Jacobs, parishioners, members of the PCC and Shobdon Church Preservation Trust prior to a service of thanksgiving in the church with Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, Bishop of Hereford to celebrate the restoration of this unique and much-loved church. During the service the church was rededicated by the Bishop and Ministers and the congregation enjoyed contributions from the Hereford Church Singers.

Other guests included Rt Revd Bishop John Oliver, The Very Revd Michael Tavinor Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Ven Paddy Benson, Archdeacon of Hereford, Lord Lieutenant, Lady Darnley, and ex Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire Sir Thomas Dunne.

As well as celebrating completion of this project, the afternoon gave the opportunity to thank all involved in enabling this restoration project to be completed. Particular thanks must go to English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, The World Monument Fund, The Paul Mellon Trust, The Garfield Weston Trust, the National Churches Trust, The Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust and so many others, without whose support much of the project would have been unachievable for a small parish church.

Church Open

Shobdon Church is now open again following extensive building work. The church is open from 9.00am to 6.00 pm in Summer and until dark in Winter. If you would like to come later, please ring on 01568 708364. For more information on services click here.

Photographs and updates on the work achieved can be found here.

This video will give you an insight into the building.

World Monument WatchWorld Monument Fund
Herefordshire Church raises £1m to make essential repairs

Vital repair work is well underway at the church of St John the Evangelist in Shobdon, Herefordshire following a 10 year, £1million campaign to raise the necessary funds. Shobdon, famed for its striking and unique 'Rococo Gothick' interiors, has been recognised by national and international architectural conservation bodies as a notable example. This support has harnessed the necessary funds to complete the fundraising campaign so the important high level repair work be completed. Find out more here.