Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Owen's Church (Demolished), Hereford
St Owen's Church (Demolished),
St Owen Street / St Owen's Gate,
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 1626, but we understand it was closed before 1660.

The parish church of St Owen was destroyed (along with the original St Martin's church) in the Civil War, but unlike St Martin's, does not appear to have been rebuilt. It was situated "without St Owen's gate", one of the 6 gates into the city, which were removed during the period 1782-1798 - "Their removal may be regretted by the antiquary, but the superior healthiness of the city, now that no obstacle is offered to the free sweep of the winds, must be deemed an ample compensation". [Source: Littlebury's Directory of Herefordshire, 1876-7]

The site of the church is still shown on a Hereford Town Plan of 1886 1:500, when it was occupied by St James's Infant School. There is also a large graveyard marked, on the opposite side of St Owen's Street, which stretched as far as Daws Road. This may have been St Owen's graveyard, but that is by no means certain. By OS 1904 1:2,500 the graveyard was marked as "Disused", but by 1967 it had been cleared, and its site occupied by housing.

The area surrounding St Owen's is labelled "Portfields" on modern maps.


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 SO5142939726. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Mar 2013 at 08:22.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:37:56 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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