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All Saints, Monkland, Herefordshire

(52°12′53″N, 2°47′30″W)
SO 460 577
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
11 July 2012

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Monkland is a village on the River Arrow in NW Herefordshire, 2 miles W of Leominster. The village is bypassed by the A44 road to Brecon, and the church is at the E end of the village, alongside the river crossing. The church was rebuilt by Street in 1866 re-using some Norman material. It consists of a chancel with a N vestry and organ room, a nave and a W tower with a broach spire. There are 2 reset 12thc lancets in tufa surrounds on either side of the nave, all quite plain and therefore not recorded in detail here, and under the tower arch is a 12thc font.


Monkland was held by Almaer and Ulfkil as 2 manors in 1066, and by Saint-Pierre of Castellion (i.e. the Abbey of Conches-en-Ouches) from Ralph de Tosny in 1086. It was assessed at 5 hides. From the late-11thc there was a cell of the abbey here.





Marshall (1949), repeated by the Herefordshire SMR relates the encircking band to “earlier wooden fonts with metal hoops”. The list description dates it “probably 13thc” which might be true of the base but not the bowl. RCHME has “12th or 13th-century”.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 515-16.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6332.

Historic England Listed Building 149862

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, I (1949), 7-8.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 254.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 150-51.