Herefordshire Places of Worship

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


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 SO6617853145. 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 Avenbury, 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 15 Feb 2012 at 15:45.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:34:32 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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