Holt

 

Anglican: St Martin.


The Norman South Doorway shows the origins of this impressive church. Built of red sandstone it was enlarged in the 13th/14th centuries.  The chancel is 14th century and the west tower, 15th century.  Much restoration and embellishment was carried out during the second half of the 19th century by the rector, Charles Sale, and his wife Mary. She did a lot of the stone carving which can be seen inside the church.  A Grade I listed building it features in Simon Jenkins' England's Thousand Best Churches and in Betjeman's Best British Churches (2011). St Martin's is open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Holt_exterior          Holt_interior

                                                                St Martin's Church from old undated postcards.

Holt Ext Aug 2011          Holt Int Aug 2011

                                                                       St Martin's Church, August 2011.

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References and some further sources:
Aiken, John. Census of Religious Worship, 1851: The Returns for Worcestershire.
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations.  Volume I (1848)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society, New Series, Vol X (1933), Vol XVI (1939)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive Worcester, Parish Papers: Holt, Ref. 850

n.b. Full details of these books are on the Bibliography Page.

Websites:          British History Online:   Entry for Holt.  
                           Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.    
                           Church Plans Online: Rough seating plan of 1829. 
                           Parish Website. (Hallow, Grimley and Holt)
                           A Church Near You.
                           Family History Website.

Nearby churches are  Hallow,  Grimley,  Ombersley,  Worcester West Deanery

Wilden to Witley Church Trail.

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