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,
A4110, HR6 9SU,
Aymestrey, 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.

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.


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 SO4259665129. 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 Aymestrey, 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.

Information last updated on 5 Dec 2018 at 14:20.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:46:07 GMT from information held in the Herefordshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 7 Feb 2019 at 13:34.

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