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St Leonard, Blakemere, Herefordshire

(52°3′52″N, 2°55′55″W)
SO 362 411
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • George Zarnecki
22 June 2006

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Blakemere is a village in SW Herefordshire, midway between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye. It lies E of a wooded ridge separating the flood-plain of the Wye to the NE from the valley of the Dore to the SW. The village is one of a chain of settlements on the E side of this ridge, including also Tyberton, Moccas, Bredwardine, Shenmore and Cublington. The church stands in the centre of the village, and is simple two-cell building of coursed sandstone rubble with a triple bell-cote on the W gable and a timber S porch. It was rebuilt in 1877 by G. Truefitt, who reused the 12thc S doorways to both nave and chancel, and the 12thc chancel arch. The font is also 12thc.


Blakemere is not found in the Domesday Survey. By the 13thc it was in the hands of the Le Strange family.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




The fonts at nearby Peterchurch is similar in having a band of heavy cable marking the bottom of the bowl, but not the bottom of the block, and rather further away, near Leominster, is another example at Humber. The Stretton Sugwas font is similar, with a plain band instead of the cable ornament. This looks like a workshop practice.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 110-11.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 7370

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, I (1949), 10-11.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 76.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 23.