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St Michael, Hope Mansell, Herefordshire

(51°52′25″N, 2°32′40″W)
Hope Mansell
SO 626 196
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
07 Jun 2011

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Hope Mansell is a small village in a secluded valley of the N edge of the Forest of Dean. The nearest towns of any size are Ross-on-Wye, 3 miles to the NW, and Monmouth, 8 miles to the SW. The church consists of a nave with its chancel offset to the N, and a small vestry curtained off in the SW corner of the nave. The S doorway, under a porch, is triangular headed but probably mid-13thc or later. There is no tower but the W gable of the nave has a 19thc double bell-cote. The nave is 12thc to judge from the plain lancet windows, while the chancel is 13thc. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


Hope Mansell was held by Salomon from William fitzBaderon in 1086, and it was held as two manors by Leofric and Eadwulf in 1066. It was assessed at 4 hides. A third part of the manor belonged to the church of St Peter, Gloucester, as witnessed by the shire.





The list description and Brooks and Pevsner (2012) offer a 13thc date for the font. The Herefordshire SMR suggests that it is early 12thc while Pevsner (1963) did not record it.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 371.

J. Duncumb, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Hereford. Pt 1 of vol. 2, 1812, 367-75.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6774

Historic England Listed building 155419.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 196.