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St James, Kinnersley, Herefordshire

(52°8′30″N, 2°57′30″W)
SO 345 497
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St James
now St James
  • Ron Baxter
05 September 2012

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Kinnersley is a small village in W Herefordshire, 11 miles WNW of Hereford and 5 miles E of the Welsh border. It is a centre for apple growing, but the village itself is compact, centred around the church and Kinnersley Castle, an Elizabethan house built on an older moated site. The church consists of a chancel, an aisled nave with N and S porches, and a tower at the W end of the N aisle. The N porch has been converted into a vestry. The chancel is 13thc, restored in the 19thc; the N nave arcade is of c.1300 and the S arcade, probably 15thc. The church was restored by T. Nicholson in 1867-69, and much of the interior is by G. F. Bodley (1873). The only Romanesque features are on the W wall of the nave; the doorway and a stringcourse above it.


Kinnersley was held by Eadric in 1066 and by Richard from Ralph de Mortimer in 1086. It was assessed at 1 hide.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

String courses

The most striking feature of the church is the tower with its saddleback roof, simple in its details by probably 14thc in date.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 408-09.

Historic England Listed Building 150416

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 211-12.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 96-100.