St Mary, Kentchurch
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St Mary's Kentchurch is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes. www.kentchurch.org.uk
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
4th Sunday - 6.00pm BCP Evensong
We host the Group’s 5th Sunday Holy Communion Service on a rota basis.
We also have occasional special Services.
You are most welcome to join us.
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