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Saint Faith's church, Bacton
Bacton is located in Herefordshire
OS grid reference SO369324
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEREFORD
Postcode district HR2
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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51°59′12″N 2°55′10″W / 51.986777°N 2.919323°W / 51.986777; -2.919323

Bacton (Welsh: Bactwn) is a small village in a rural area of south-west Herefordshire, England, 14 miles (23 km) from Hereford.

Parish church

The parish church of St Faith's dates from 13th century and has a relatively long entry in Pevsner's survey of the county's buildings. Inside the church is Blanche Parry's memorial; Parry was Chief Gentlewoman of Queen Elizabeth’s most honourable Privy Chamber and Keeper of Her Majesty’s jewels.

It is possible that an altar cloth belonging to the parish church was made from a dress once worn by Queen Elizabeth of England and given to Blanche Parry. The material of the cloth appears to form part of the clothing of the Queen in the early 17th-century "Rainbow Portrait" attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.

The church is now part of the Ewyas Harold group of parishes. There is a service about once a month. There is a village hall next to the church.

Listed buildings

Bacton has a relatively large number of listed buildings. The parish church is listed Grade II* and another 16 buildings, barns and monuments from the 17th to 20th centuries are Grade II.


One mile to the north are the earthwork remains of a small motte and bailey castle known as Newcourt Tump. The castle seems to have fallen out of use by the 14th century.

According to Domesday Book in 1086, Bacton, in the hundred of Stradel, had a mere two households. The Lord of the Manor was Gilbert of Eskecot, whose tenant-in-chief was Roger of Lacy.

  • Map sources for Bacton, Herefordshire
  • Bacton in the Domesday Book


Bacton has a single, daytime bus service to Hereford on Wednesdays. The nearest railway station is at Hereford (14 miles, 23 km). Bacton is 4 miles (6.5 km) on the secondary B4347 road from the main A465 road between Hereford and Abergavenny.

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