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Church of St Mary and St David
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kilpeck
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“I really am not sure I should share this with you!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

This tiny church built in the 1100's is absolutely incredible. Inside it is simplicity itself and the act of worship would certainly have been unincumbered by idolatory distractions. The exterior of the church however is full of attention drawing wonders. Around the outside there are a number of corbels depicting a variety of images which, it has been suggested were used to impart moral lessons to the attending parishoners, a number of which certainly seem to hark back to a more pre Christian time. The Sheelaghnagig - a pagan goddess of fertility is represented in her fecund splendour and the "wrestlers" who seem engaged in a particularly energetic grapple.The corbel representing the earliest depicition of the Welsh Crwth (a forerunner of the fiddle) is one of our favourite stones, although it must be said that in common with s1mpkin we have a great affection for the dog & (?) rabbit (or could it be a hare?)... To get the full benefit of these wonderful adornments do take a pair of binoculars or a long lens on the camera will do as well...

Visited September 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A true wonder of the world”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This Romanesque jewel is truly worth crossing continents for. I have known it for over 30 years and yet I am still amazed each time I visit. All that is in heaven & earth found its way onto the decorative corbels that surround the church: mythical beasts, lewd ladies, saints and even a dog & rabbit that make me laugh out loud every time I see it. The fact that this is just a quiet English parish church only adds to its magic and charm.

Visited September 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simply amazing”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

This church is the number one example of the Herefordshire School of Romanesque sculpture and is richly decorated with the most bizarre mediaeval carvings. I won't say more, just go and see it for yourself.

Visited July 2012
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Masham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Must visit”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Very historic and in a beautiful setting. Walk through the graveyard to see the remains of the castle - you might need wellies!

Visited July 2012
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