Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist & St Alkmund's Church, Aymestrey
St John the Baptist & St Alkmund's Church (link to Church's website)
A4110,
Aymestrey, Herefordshire.

Cemeteries

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.

St John the Baptist and St Alkmund's Church is a Grade I Listed Building - the British Listed Buildings website describes its main architectural features. Mike Salter's booklet The Old Parish Churches of Herefordshire (1998) poses a conundrum regarding the quatrefoil-shaped arcade piers. He says they have either been reset or brought in from elsewhere and given new capitals and arches; however he dismisses the suggestion that it might have been from Wigmore Abbey, as that was aisleless. His plan shows them, and the chancel as being 12th century, whilst the walls of the nave are later, and west tower, are late 15th, to early 16th century.

He also mentions "fine rood screen with linenfold panelling on the dado and a covering with lierne ribs" dating from c.1540, and a Jacobean pulpit.

His plan shows the church has north and south aisles, separated from the nave by the aforementioned arcades, shown in cross-section to be indeed quatrefoil. The arcades meet the east and west walls in half-piers.

The dedication of the church jointly to an Anglo-Saxon, and a Biblical saint is unusual. Perhaps this was a case when it was founded, of wanting to propitiate both Saxon and Norman worshippers, though Littlebury's Directory of 1876-77 mentions just St John.

In the present day, the church belongs to the Benefice of Kingsland with Eardisland, Aymestrey and Leinthall Earles.

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO4259665129. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 11 Feb 2012 at 13:52.

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This Report was created 23 Nov 2017 - 20:37:30 GMT from information held in the Herefordshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 3 Jan 2016 at 13:34.

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