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St Michael, Kenchester, Herefordshire

(52°4′50″N, 2°49′17″W)
SO 438 428
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
04 September 2012

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Kenchester is a village in central Herefordshire, some 5 miles WNW of Hereford. The village is clustered along a minor road to the N of the A438 Hereford to Brecon road, and at its S end is the site of the Roman town of Magnis, with the church alongside. St Michael’s is a simple, 2 cell building of roughly-coursed sandstone rubble, sited alongside outbuildings of Court Farm. There is a 15thc S porch, but the 12thc origins of the church are revealed by the plain lancets in the chancel and the S nave doorway, described here. There is also a font that might well be a 12thc remodelling of a Roman column from Magnis. The church was restored by Nicholson and Hartree, 1901-02 and 1909.


A manor of 2 hides was held by the canons of St Peter’s, Hereford, in 1066 and 1086. A further holding of 2 hides was held by Thorkil in 1066 and Hugo l’Aisne in 1086.


Exterior Features





For the doorway, similar treatment of a continuous order is very common throughout the county. The font was not noted by Pevsner (1963), but RCHME (1932), followed by Brooks (2012) convincingly suggested that it might be a re-used and remodelled Roman column from Magnis, on a 12thc base.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 187

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 7230.

Historic England Listed Building 154240

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 107-08.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 93-96.