BELIEVE it or not, close to this ancient church in
Hereford diocese is the spot marked by a stone
(right) where St George killed the dragon. It is said that
the dragon lived in a well there, making a nuisance of itself until
St George came to deal with it.
Be that as it may, St George's, Brinsop, also has a lot of other
interest. The present building dates from 1300-50, although there
was presumably an earlier church, for it has a tympanum of George
and the dragon clearly identifiable as the work of the
Herefordshire school of Norman sculptors, two centuries previously.
There are early wall-paintings, and a coffin lid, and -from more
recent times - Comper windows.
The immediate restoration concern for its worshippers is the
bells; they are some of the most ancient in the country, and were
cast in Worcester in the mid-15th century. One is badly cracked,
and they all need to be rehung. An appeal has gone out, and what is
remarkable is that the family who probably sponsored them as long
ago as 1440 have responded.
They heard the church featured on the radio last year, and
members of the Dansey family, now living in New Zealand, made
contact. For about 500 years, the Danseys owned neighbouring
Brinsop Court, a 14th-century manor house, until it was sold in
1815. Reinforcing the probability that John and Margaret Dansey
sponsored the bells, the churchwarden Katrina Morris says, is the
Latin dedication of two to St Margaret and St John. They have not
been rung since 1974, she says.
"This is a big project for our small church and congregation,
but, despite the costs, we feel we must restore them. The cost of
the work will be around £20,000. Since October 2013, parishes have
been able to claim back the VAT on work on bells, which saves us a
lot of money. But we still need all the help we can get."