St Hermes seems to divide opinion. Referring to a complete rebuild by John Foulston in 1820, Henderson says that a ‘new plan was unhappily chosen’. Pevsner seems to think that this rebuild retained much of the original fabric but accepts that the nave was widened.
Whatever the truth, E H Sedding had another go in 1908: ‘efforts were made to reconcile this work …’ (Henderson).
We wish we could report our view but St Erme enters our Hall of Shame as it was locked at 4 pm with no sign of where to obtain the key. Local enquiry suggested a house a few doors away but answer came there none.
The churchyard has been swept clear of all its headstones which now face north, south, east and west around the circumference, the open space manicured grass below which its inhabitants no doubt rest in anonymity.
One good sign was the delightful green lichen around the west door.