Herefordshire Places of Worship

St James's Church, Kinnersley (1) (33k) St James's Church, Kinnersley (2) (27k) St James's Church, Kinnersley (3) (31k) St James's Church, Kinnersley (4) (33k) St James's Church, Kinnersley (5) (34k) St James's Church, Kinnersley (6) (26k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St James's Church, Kinnersley
St James's Church,
off A4112 (visible),
Kinnersley, Herefordshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] This Church wasn't on our itinerary, but it looked so inviting when we drove past from nearby Eardisley on our route to Stretford, that we just had to stop to see it, and it proved well worth our time!

The west wall of the main body of the Church (facing us) is the oldest part of the building, and dates from the 12th century. Note the blocked up Norman doorway (partly hidden by the bush). The Tower dates from the 14th century, and is unusual in being offset from the body of the church, but still remaining attached. The entrance to it is from the west end of the north aisle, inside the church.

Kinnersley Church is plainly visible to the right, travelling northbound on the A4112 from Eardisley towards Leominster.[1]

[Image 2] The replacement of the Chancel Arch in a refurbishment in 1868 by Thomas Nicholson also resulted in the removal of the upper portion of a Jacobean Rood Screen, and the blocking of the staircase which gave access to it. The pulpit has 4 Flemish allegorical figures, and dates from c1530.[1]

[Image 3] The pièce de resistance in this church is surely these exotic 19th century wall paintings, executed by the Rev. Frederick Andrews from designs by George Frederick Bodley.

Even Pevsner has some kind words for it - describing it as “exceedingly pretty”... wow!  It is certainly spectacular, so possibly this rather dark photograph doesn't quite do it justice, and one should see it for oneself.[1]

[Image 4] This magnificent monument on the north wall of the Chancel commemorates Francis Smallman, 1635. He was lord of the Manor of Kinnersley and Letton. He and his wife Susan are kneeling under a canopy held by cherubs with trumpets, with their six children in a row beneath them. Below the monument is a small brass commemorating a former Rector, William Leviot, in Mass vestments, d. 1421. Sorry, but none of the inscriptions are readable from my photograph.[1]

[Image 5] This Chancel arch was rebuilt in 1868 as part of the Church's refurbishment by Thomas Nicholson, but the wall decoration surrounding it is part of a design by George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907) Bodley's elder sister married a brother of George Gilbert Scott, and possibly because of this association, he became a pupil of Scott in his architectural practice. He married, in 1872, Minna Reavley, whose family then lived at Kinnersley Castle, and his designs at Kinnersley date from the following year, and the arrival of the Revd. Frederick Andrews, who was Rector of Kinnersley between 1873 and 1920. Rev. Andrews himself coloured the designs, and the survival of his work is believed now to represent one of the few remaining examples of Bodley's designs.

Bodley's other work includes Holy Angels at Hoar Cross (Staffordshire), St. Augustine at Pendlebury, the Chapel at Clumber in Nottinghamshire, and St German in Cardiff. Both he and Revd. Andrews are buried in the churchyard at Kinnersley - their tombstones are on the west side of the Church.[1]

[Image 6] This rather splendid monument is set against the west wall of the Church. The inscription reads:

Near this Place are deposited the Remains of Dame Anne MORGAN, Wife of Sir John MORGAN Bart. and youngest Daughter of Sir Jacob JACOBSEN Knt. and Anne his Wife, eldest daughter of Sir Gilbert HEATHCOTE, Bart.
She departed this Life universally lamented, September the 18th 1764, aged 50. In Respect to whose Memory, her Affectionate & Afflicted Uncle, Theodore JACOBSEN Esqr. erected this Monument with the Consent of her Surviving Husband.
This Excellent Christian was distinguished by the most exemplary Piety towards God, & Love & Duty towards her Parents & Husband. Her good Sense & Sweet Disposition; her Humility & Affability engaged the Affections of her Relations & Friends & the Esteem of all her Acquaintance. To the Poor & Afflicted She Administer'd (with a liberal Hand) Comfort & Support. In Friendship, her Sincerity was perfect. & her Benevolence was universal.
In Short, she was a Shining pattern of Religion & Virtue, & an inestimable Ornament to human Nature. Few approaching so near to the Divine Perfection proposed for Our Imitation, by our blessed Lord him Self
Be Ye therefore perfect, even as Your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.

Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to read who the other two wall tablets commemorate.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO3455549608. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Kinnersley, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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