Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Church (Ruins), Avenbury
St Mary's Church (Ruins),
Avenbury Court,
Avenbury, Herefordshire.

Cemeteries

This Church 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, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

There is very little to see of the ruins of St Mary's Church from Google Satellite view, but according to the British Listed Buildings website, the remains include an early 13th century west tower, with a low pyramidal roof, tower arch, lancet windows, and fragments of the Chancel with small Norman windows. Mike Salter, in his booklet The Old Parish Churches of Herefordshire (1998) mentions the chancel is late 12th century, and it "mostly" survives; he also notes that the nave originally had a north aisle, and three-bay arcade. Pevsner mentions an incised slab to a Knight, crossed-legged, dating from the late 13th century.

With an Avenbury Court nearby, it is assumed the fortunes of the church would have been tied up with the Court, and possibly its manor house, though according to the Listed Building website, "Court Farm" is 18th century, so post-dates the church.

When the church was decommissioned, some of its fixtures and fittings were taken to Mundersfield Church, then in the mid 1990s, to St Mary's Church in Bishops Frome, for its Mundersfield Chapel, dedicated on 14th January 1996.

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 was located at OS grid reference SO6617853145. 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 15 Feb 2012 at 15:45.

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This Report was created 4 Aug 2017 - 12:19:54 BST 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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