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St Mary, Kenderchurch, Herefordshire

(51°57′3″N, 2°52′12″W)
SO 403 284
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Cyndir
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
08 October 2013

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Kenderchurch is SW Herefordshire, 10 miles SW of Hereford and a mile from the Welsh border. The church stands on a hill above the A465, overlooking Pontrilas Sawmill, and Kenderchurch consists of little more than this. The church was closed for public worship on 1 January 2013, and the parish largely transferred to Kilpeck. St Mary’s consists of a chancel with a 19thc N vestry, and a nave with a S porch and a bell-cote over the W gable. The church was almost entirely rebuilt by William Chick in 1870-71. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


The vill is not recorded in the Domesday Survey. The church was originally dedicated to Saint Cyndir/Keneder, a disciple of Saint Cadoc who reputedly negotiated with Arthur. The site is mentioned in a list of churches in Ergyng, south Herefordshire, in the Book of Llandaff. Saint Cyndir’s name, or variants thereof, was still being used in 1291 and 1341 (Bannister (1916).





Glasbury church (Powys) is dedicated to the same saint. The location of the church, on a steep hill, and the evidence of a bank and ditch around it suggest the possibility of a re-used, pre-Christian site.


R. T. Bannister, The Place Names of Herefordshire: their origin and development, Cambridge 1916, 103.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 381-82.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6824

Historic England Listed Building 155542

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, II (1950), 29-30.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 199.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 152.