St Mary, Kentchurch

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St Mary's Kentchurch is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.

The village name suggests that the original dedication was to the 5th century nun Saint Cein / Keyne, or more possibly her sister Saint Ceingar. Both daughters of King Brychan of Brycheiniog/Breconshire, Saint Ceingar’s son was the Saint Cynidr of Kenderchurch. Certainly Saint Ceingar founded a church, usually said to be in Maelienydd, north-east Radnorshire, but it could have been the church at Kentchurch. Although the present church is in the style of c.1290-1350, it was rebuilt in 1859 by the Scudamore family of nearby Kentchurch Court. A number of 17th and 18th monuments and floor-slabs were retained from the old church. That commemorating John Scudamore, 1616, also depicts his widow and their ten children, one a baby in a cradle. The bells were cast by the famous firm of Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester, who cast hundreds of bells between 1684 and 1835, and are rung regularly.

Our usual Church Services are:
2nd Sunday - 11.15 am Holy Communion CW Order One Contemporary Language
4th Sunday - 6.00pm BCP Evensong

20.12.15  -  6pm Carol Service (arrive early)

Christmas Day 2015  -  10am All-age Communion

27.12.15  -  10am Group HC (CW Trad Lang) at Dore Abbey

10.1.16  -  11.15am Plough Sunday Service at St Mary's (non-eucharistic)

31.1.16  -  10am Group HC at St Devereux Church (Candlemas)

27.3.16  -  Easter Day HC at 11.15am


You are most welcome to join us.



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The Revd Ashley Evans
The Rectory,
Ewyas Harold,
Herefordshire HR2 0EZ
(01981) 240079 (Rector)

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Incumbent: The Revd Ashley Francis EVANS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10579
Built: old site, 19th restoration
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: KENTCHURCH (180020 18/20)
CofE Church Info: (618020 18/20)
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This page was last updated on Friday 4th December 2015
St Mary , On minor road to Garway, west of B4347.Grid reference: SO 420256, Kentchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0DA


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