Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Donnington (1) (30k) St Mary's Church, Donnington (2) (49k) St Mary's Church, Donnington (3) (33k) St Mary's Church, Donnington (4) (60k) St Mary's Church, Donnington (5) (41k) St Mary's Church, Donnington (6) (47k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary's Church, Donnington
St Mary's Church,
off B4216,
Donnington, 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 before 1305, 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] My first photograph of this special little church - St Mary's smouldering in the hot, hot summer of 1997.[1]

[Image 2] “The Church in the Field”.

“The grey stone church of Saint Mary stands amongst yew trees in a field at the end of a track guarded by a sheep-dog who lives at the adjacent red brick farm.”[1]

The sheep-dog's name was Roxy, but sadly she is no longer with us. Some young upstart called Floss has taken her place...

[1] Raven, Michael - A Guide to Herefordshire. Privately published by Michael Raven, 1996.[1]

[Image 3] This window commemorates
Elizabeth LANDER died Aug 31st 1854 and Maria LANDER died July 20th 1850.
Maria was the first wife (née Le BRETON-PIPON) of John LANDER, Rector of Donnington 1845-90, and Elizabeth was his mother (née WATKINS).

Dappled sunlight and mixed greens in the leaves of trees outside the window make a perfect foil for the designs and colours in this stained glass.[1]

[Image 5] St Mary's Church is built within the confines of an ancient moated site. Part of the embankment can still be seen in the foreground of this photograph.[1]

[Image 6] I couldn't resist the diffused lighting on this one! The timing is late morning on a bright, but chilly February day.[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 SO7085834199. 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 Donnington, 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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