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St David, Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire

(51°58′33″N, 2°45′19″W)
Much Dewchurch
SO 482 311
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
17 June 2009, 13 April 2016

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Much Dewchurch is a village in the south of Herefordshire, 5 miles S of Hereford. The church, in the village centre, has a 12thc nave and chancel with a 19thc N vestry and organ room to the chancel, a 19thc N aisle and a S porch to the nave, and a big, unbuttressed 13thc W tower (restored 1849 by William Heather who also added the pyramid roof). The church was restored in 1877 by Thomas Blashill (who added the N vestry and the aisle). There are plain Romanesque windows in nave and chancel, but the only Romanesque features recorded here are the chancel arch, the S nave doorway and the font.


Much Dewchurch is not recorded by name in the Domesday Survey, but has been convincingly identified as part of the manor of Westwood in Wormelow hundred, held by the church of St Peter in Gloucester (Jones (1986).


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Loose Sculpture


RCHME dates the font, chancel arch and doorway to the early 12thc, while the SMR offers the last quarter of the 12thc for the font.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 524-25.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6847

G. R. J. Jones, “The Portrayal of Land Settlement in Domesday Book”, in J. C. Holt (ed.), Domesday Studies: Papers Read at the Novocentenary Conference of the Royal Historical Society..., Winchester 1986, 183-200. esp 192.

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, II (1950), 23-24.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 48-52.

Seaton, History of the Deanery of Archenfield. Hereford 1903, 25.