The Anglican Church of St Peter and St Paul is a fine example of a 14th century church, though some earlier parts remain. Services are held every Sunday at 10.30 am, and also at 8.00 am on the first Sunday of the month. The first stone church on this site was built in the twelfth century by Hugh de Lacy which replaced an earlier wooden building, erected during Saxon times. Hugh de Lacy became Lord of the manor in 1091 having already helped to found Llanthony Priory in 1085.
The first vicar of whom we know was Philip de Woonton in 1287. The present building is essentially the third church on this site, built in the decorated Perpendicular Style, with some early English remnants, and dating mainly from the thirteenth century.
This magnificent Church has a fourteenth century 185’ spire and is the only spire in the county to be supported by little flying buttresses connected to pinnacles rising from the tower.
Other features include medieval stained glass, ball-flower decorations, a scissor-beamed roof and a Norman archway in the South Porch. There are some fine 15th century figures of little angels in the tracery of the north window.
It contains a fine marble memorial to Cromwellian supporter and Parliamentarian Col. John Birch. Col. Birch was a turncoat during the Civil War and active in this area. He retook Hereford from the King with a small group of men dressed as ice-breakers as they crossed the river Wye. He was also responsible for preventing Hereford Cathedral from being sacked by Cromwell's men.
Parish Priest Father Simon McGurk. Tel: 01544 318325 or 01432 374721
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas in Kington Road is the oldest Catholic Church in Herefordshire, consecrated in 1834. Its plain, chapel-like exterior was so designed to avoid attracting hostile attention at a time when Catholicism was still regarded with suspicion by many English people.
Services are held at:
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Morning Worship - 10.30am every Sunday.
Prayers for Healing & Wholeness - 1st Monday of the month at 11.30am.
· Messy Church is for children up to the age of 11, accompanied by an adult.
· Come and join in with art and craft activities, an act of Christian focused worship and an informal meal….no charge!
These are mainly at Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest. Anyone, whether a regular church goer or not, is welcome to join us. For information about events or to become involved, please telephone Jo Ware on 01544 318296