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St Peter, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire

(52°8′29″N, 2°33′18″W)
Stoke Lacy
SO 621 494
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • George Zarnecki
  • Ron Baxter
06 August 1989 (GZ), 03 May 2005 (RB)

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Feature Sets

In 1812 the church was described by Duncumb as a small building with one aisle, a chancel and a low tower. This church was rebuilt in 1863 by F. R. Kempson, architect of nearby Bishops Frome, who here uses a 13thc. idiom with plate-traceried windows. Kempson's church consists of an aisleless nave and chancel and a W tower with a short broach spire. Externally all appears to belong to the 1863 campaign, and Pevsner especially disliked the tower, the spire and the mixture of rock facing and smooth ashlar dressings, all of which he described as ugly. The interior is more satisfying; plain, bright and retaining its 12thc. chancel arch - the only Romanesque feature.


Stoke Lacy was held by Roger de Lacy in 1086, and consisted of 10 hides. No church or priest was recorded at that time. Roger had inherited the manor from his father Walter de Lacy (d.1085) who had been a tenant of William fitzOsbern (d.1072), Earl of Hereford, immediately after the Conquest, and then of Roger of Breteuil, William's son. In 1075 Roger of Breteuil forfeited his lands through revolt, and Walter de Lacy became tenant in chief. Duncumb reported that the church had been a possession of St Peter's abbey, Gloucester.

Benefice of Stoke Lacy and Moreton Jeffries with Much Cowarne, Ocle Pychard and Ullingswick.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The chancel arch is mid-12thc.


Archenfield Archaeology. Available online at http://www.archenfield.com/Herefordshire%20projects%20index.htm

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 609-10.

J. Duncumb, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Hereford. Vol. II, 1812.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 293.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: E, 1932, 173-74.