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All Saints, Clehonger, Herefordshire

(52°2′12″N, 2°46′52″W)
SO 465 379
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now All Saints
  • George Zarnecki
  • Ron Baxter
22 June 2006, 13 April 2016

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Feature Sets

Clehonger is a village in central Herefordshire, 3½ miles SW of Hereford. It extends along a network of minor roads, and is set in rolling mixed farmland. The church is outside the village to the W, on a lane to the N of the Hereford road. It consists of a nave with a S aisle and a S porch, a chancel with a N transept and a W tower. The S doorway is late 12thc, and there are traces of a 12thc window in the W wall of the nave. The unbuttressed W tower is early 13thc in date, and the S arcade dates from the mid-13thc. The Y-tracery S aisle windows date from c1300, as does the chancel. Sir Richard Pembrugge built the N transept as a chantry chapel, and the chantry has a foundation date of 1341. Nine chevron voussoirs have been set in the exterior S chancel wall.


Earl Harold held an estate in Clehonger before the Conquest, and in 1086 it was held by Ansfrid de Cormeilles. It then consisted of five hides of ploughland paying geld and one hide waste, with woodland and a mill. Gerard held three virgates of this land in 1086. A smaller estate of one hide was held by Leofnoth before the Conquest and by Ilbert fitzTurold in 1086. No church or priest was recorded in either estate.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration


The reset voussoirs include 3 different designs of chevron, suggesting that they came from an elaborate, multi-order doorway. This was earlier that the surviving S doorway of c.1180-90, and possibly contemporary with the blocked W window.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 167-69

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Records 6870.

Historic England Listed Building 155330.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 101.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 35-37.

G. M. Snewin, All Saints Church, Clehonger, A Short History, 1970.