St Mary & St David, Kilpeck
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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 an informative and interesting Guidebook on sale in the Church. Copies of 'The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture' by Malcolm Thurlby, postcards and CDs are also on sale.
Guided tours are available by arrangement with the Churchwarden, telephone: 01981 570315.
Our usual Church Services rotate between Kilpeck, St. Devereux and Wormbridge Churches. One Sunday in three is at Kilpeck – so it is important to check the deanery web site. When at Kilpeck these Services are:
1st Sunday - 10.00 am Family Service
2nd Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion, 1662
3rd Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion, 1662
4th Sunday - 10.00 am BCP Matins
We host the Group’s 5th Sunday Holy Communion Service on a rota basis.
We also have occasional special Services.
FROM MARCH 2015 KILPECK'S SERVICE WILL BE ON THE 1ST SUNDAY AT 6.00PM (10am on Easter Sunday) usually Evensong (1662).
You are most welcome to join us.
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