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St Mary, Burghill, Herefordshire

(52°5′46″N, 2°45′43″W)
SO 479 445
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
04 September 2012

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Burghill is a sizeable village 3 miles NW of Hereford. The church is at the centre of the village and is a large building consisting of a chancel with plain 12thc N window and a N doorway of similar date, now giving access to a vestry and organ room, an aisled nave with a clerestory on the S, and just one high window on the N, at the E end. The arcades are of 5 bays, and while the S arcade is late medieval the N is 13thc except for the W respond, which dates from the late 12thc. The church has a W tower, probably of the 13thc. The church was restored by Henry Curzon in 1880-81, and by Nicholson and Son 1892-93. The tower was rebuilt in 1810-12 by J. Passey. The outstanding Romanesque feature here is a lead font, only partly original, on a stone stem carved with figures under arcading.


Burghill was held by Earl Harold in 1066, and by Alvred of Marlborough in 1086. It was assessed at 8 hides, and houses 16 villans, 19 bordars and a priest, in addition to 4 slaves, a mill and a fishery. It was thus a good-sized settlement with a church at that time.


Exterior Features


Interior Features






RCHME called the stem of the font Late-Norman and the rim of the lead bowl c.1200, a dating agreed by Pevsner (1963) and by Brooks (2012).


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 71.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 155-56.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 372.

Historic England Listed Building 154202

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, I (1949), 15-18.

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, III (1951), 93.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 94-95.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 41-44.