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St Andrew, Allensmore, Herefordshire

(52°1′4″N, 2°46′46″W)
SO 466 358
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Ron Baxter
04 May 2005, 12 April 2016

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Feature Sets

Allensmore is a village 4 miles SW of Hereford, on the A465 road to Abergavenny. The village is clustered around a network of lanes on the E side of the main road, with the church at its centre. St Andrew’s has a chancel with a N vestry, an aisleless nave with a S porch and a W tower. The S doorway is 12thc, and in the churchyard is a cross topped by a Romanesque cushion capital, perhaps from the doorway


Allensmore is said to take its name from Alan de Plokenet, the 13thc Lord of Kilpeck who is reputed to have reclaimed a large area of moorland from Haywood Forest. It is unsurprising therefore to find that it is not recorded by name in the Domesday Survey.


Exterior Features



The suggestion that the cushion capital used in the churchyard cross may have come from this doorway is taken from Brooks (2012).


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 82-83.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 8232

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 64.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 14-18