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St Mary, Humber, Herefordshire

(52°12′10″N, 2°40′49″W)
SO 536 563
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
24 June 2006

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Humber is in NE Herefordshire, 3 miles SE of Leominster. The village consists a few houses and the church clustered on a by-road on the Humber Brook, a tributary of the river Lugg. The land here is hilly and wooded with much pasture.

St Mary’s is largely of the 13thc, and consists of a nave with a lower chancel and an unbuttressed W tower with a shingled broach spire. The nave has a transeptal N pew and a timber S porch. Both nave doorways are 13thc, as are the nave and chancel windows and those of the W tower, except for the bell-openings which date a rebuilding of the upper storey in 1884. Inside, there is no chancel arch. The church was restored by T. H. Wyatt in 1876-78 and the N pew was added in 1884. The only Romanesque feature is the font, but it is heavily reworked and contains little that is original.


In 1086 the 3½ hides of ploughland in Humber belonged in the King’s manor of Leominster, and were held from him by Roger de Lacy. The church of Humber was given to Brecon Priory by Walter del Mans and his wife Agnes before 1155.





The font is presumed to have been like those of Peterchurch and Blakemere originally, i.e. with a monolithic bowl divided by a cable roll. The octagonal section may indicate a slightly later date, towards the end of the 12thc. The upper rim must have been shaved back to remove damage and the entire original surface retooled.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 375.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 5166.

B. Kemp (ed.). Reading Abbey Cartularies, I (1986), 283.

G. Marshall, Fonts in Herefordshire. Hereford (Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club), I (1949), 9.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 197.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 72-74.