St Mary & St David, Kilpeck

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St Mary & St David Kilpeck is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.  For information on services see below.


Kilpeck Church is a jewel, described as ‘one of the most perfect Norman village churches in England…’ [Pevsner]. In c.850 a charter records [in the Book of Llandaff] the gift of the Church with a surrounding estate to Bishop Crecielis; described as the cil, or retreat / cell, of Pedic in Ergyng, an area in the southern part of Herefordshire, it suggests an earlier dedication to an unknown Saint Pedic. The graveyard was originally rounded denoting an even older religious site. It was evidently an important and ancient site. The present building, in red sandstone, is a typical lay-out of nave, chancel and apse of c.1134-1145, though it may incorporate some Saxon masonry. The builder was Hugh de Kilpeck. The Church’s glory is the wealth of decoration, originally painted and is the prime surviving example of the Herefordshire School of Sculpture. Much of it seems to have been produced about the time the church was given to the Benedictine Abbey of Gloucester in 1143; a priory of this Abbey was nearby. The sculptures on the south doorway, chancel arch and west window are magnificent. The eighty-five corbels, include a ‘sheela-na-gig’, probably a fertility symbol. The massive font, is Norman or earlier, the gallery c.17th century. The church stands between the remains of Kilpeck Castle and the six acre deserted medieval village whose main road still serves as an access road to the church. There is a guidebook on sale in the church, as are copies of 'The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture' (2nd edition, 2013) by Malcolm Thurlby, along with postcards and CDs.

For guided tours call 01981 570603 or email

SERVICES.  (We will be in vacancy from May 2017 and so the normal service pattern may be altered occasionally.)

1st Sunday of each month at 6pm, Communion or Evensong (BCP) - except in October which is usually the Harvest Festival at 3pm with tea.

We share services with St Devereux on the second Sunday (10am) and with St Peter's Wormbridge on the third Sunday (10am).  On the fourth Sunday we worship elsewhere in the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.  On a 5th Sunday there is a 10am Group Service or a Deanery service (see below for list).

Christmas 2017 - Carol singing in the village, meet at the pub, date tbd.  18.12.16, 3pm Carol Service at St Devereux or Wormbridge.  Christmas Eve, 11.30pm Midnight Communion at Kilpeck (tbc).

5th Sunday Group/Deanery Services:-

Sun 30th April - Group Communion (CW Trad) at 10am in Dore Abbey with the Abbey Singers (our Rector's last service)

Sun 30th July 2017 - Deanery Eucharist at 10am in Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort (tbc).

29.10.17  -  Deanery Service, details tba.

31.12.17  -  10am Group Communion, details tba.

You are most welcome to join us.

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10580
Built: old site, present Church12th century
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: The Parish of Kilpeck (180021 )
CofE Church Info: (618021 18/21)
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This page was last updated on Friday 21st April 2017
St Mary & St David, Kilpeck, Herefordshire, HR2 9DB - 10 miles from Hereford, south of A465, in Kilpeck village, Grid Reference SO 445305


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