Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Hereford
St John the Baptist's Church,
Cathedral Close,
Hereford, Herefordshire.


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 before 1604, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

St John the Baptist was one of the 6 ancient parishes of the city, though there seems considerable doubt as to whether there was ever a separate church building. Littlebury's Directory of Herefordshire, 1876-7 says that public worship for the inhabitants of St John the Baptist parish would have always taken place inside the Cathedral church, and... "St John Baptist Church appears to have been always an appendage to the cathedral. The Ladye chapel [sic], recently restored to its ancient beauty, and forming one of the most interesting features in the sacred edifice... is now [in 1876/7] devoted to that purpose. Previous to 1863 the north end of the greater transept, called St Catherine's aisle, was appropriated to the parochial church of St John Baptist".

John Harnden in his booklet The Parish Registers of Herefordshire (1987) confirms this, saying of St John the Baptist that it was "a fragmented parish, the main area containing the cathedral. Probably from the 12th century the cathedral had been the base for this parish and a parish church has been situated in various parts of it from time to time since".

A third source, Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, of 1848 says that beneath the Lady Chapel in Hereford Cathedral "is a crypt, called Golgotha, from the mass of human bones which it contained, it is supposed to have been originally the parochial church of St John the Baptist".


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 was located at OS grid reference SO5099639781. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:19:16 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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