The Scudamores of Kentchurch and Holme Lacy tells the story of two branches of this prominent and important Herefordshire family – the senior branch originating in the eleventh century and still living at Kentchurch in the Monnow Valley, and the younger branch from the fourteenth century based at Holme Lacy until the early twentieth century.
Clear contrasts exist between the two families, with the more liberal ‘quiet and home-keeping people’ of Kentchurch taking little part in national affairs, becoming overshadowed by the ambitious and powerful Holme Lacy family. A wealth of interesting characters emerge, people of fame, fortune and failure, some strong and flamboyant, others quiet and reflective – and with them their stories.
Although this book is primarily about the Scudamore family, it has been written as a local history, setting the people and places within the wider context of emerging events at Kentchurch, Holme Lacy and beyond, from the eleventh century up to the middle of the twentieth century. The history, traditions and legends of the present Lucas-Scudamore family have been carefully traced through hundreds of documents, maps, papers, paintings and photographs, spanning a period of almost 1,000 years.
Heather Hurley lives in Herefordshire and has a keen interest in local history. She has written a number of books, including The Story of Ross, Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley, The Green Lanes of Herefordshire and Herefordshire’s River Trade – Craft & Cargo on the Wye & Lugg.
Paperback | 240 pages | 242 x 171 mm | 2019