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St Mary Magdalene, Leintwardine, Herefordshire

(52°21′42″N, 2°52′30″W)
SO 405 741
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
10 July 2012

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Feature Sets

Leintwardine is a large village, and the most northerly parish in the county. The nearest town is Ludlow, 7 miles to the E, and the River Clun flows into the Ribver Teme at the SW corner of the village. There was a Roman fort here, called Branogenium, to the W of the village. The church stands in the centre, on the site of a Saxon minster, and is an imposing structure built of buff sandstone ashlar with a large, steeply-pitched chancel raised 5 steps above the nave, with a N chancel chapel. The nave has a lower pitched roof and N and S aisles dating from the 13thc to 15thc. On the N side of the ave is a transeptal chapel, and on the S at the W end is a tower porch. The only feature recorded here is the S chancel doorway; a much-restored work of the later 12thc.


Leintwardine was assessed with Shropshire in the Domesday Survey, and 2 holdings were listed. The main one was Ralph de Mortimer's manor of 4 hides and 1 virgate that had belonged to Edward the Confessor in 1066. A church was listed in this holding, and 1½ hides of it were held by a knight. The lesser one was Picot's holding of 3 virgates from Earl Roger in 1086, which Fulk held from Picot. In 1184, Hugh de Mortimer gave the church to Wigmore Abbey, and in the 14thc Roger de Mortimer gave lands for chaplains to chant the mass here.


Exterior Features



The multi-order priest's doorway appears extremely Germanic, presumably a result of Thomas Nicholson's restoration of c.1860, although Pevsner (followed by Brooks) considers it the only original feature of the chancel.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 438-40.

Historic England Listed Building 149510

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 222-23.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 105-10.