The Golden Valley
The Golden Valley is a rural area nestling aside the Black Mountains in Herefordshire. In each one of the villages, there is a stone built church in amongst much younger, brick built villages. Some villages are nearly completely stone built. The area is sparsely populated but with active community groups, including heritage groups, historical research groups and ‘friends of’ groups affiliated with some of the proposed sites. From the local groups consulted in the area, there is strong support for the aims and objectives of the project.
Many of the stone buildings in this area are predominately made of Devonian aged sandstone, yet one church, St Michael and All Angels church in Moccas, is predominately made out of the rock type tufa. This, together with the, sometimes random and at other times evidently purposeful, use of small quantities of tufa in nearly all of the churches in the valley is intriguing!
Historically and still today, stone has been extracted from small delves to construct part of all of the main fabric of the buildings.