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“A beautiful gem hidden in the Herefordshire countryside - not to be missed” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Church of St Mary and St David

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
Oxford
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“A beautiful gem hidden in the Herefordshire countryside - not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a beautiful Norman church with astounding carvings inside and out, and should be on every visitors' tour map, for its uniqueness. It's situated in peaceful surroundings and with lovely country views so it's well worth packing a picnic and enjoying the place. The carvings range from depictions of the Green Man, the Sheelagh na Gig, and all sorts of creatures, mythical and real, including my favourite, the Rabbit. You can buy postcards and a CD of the carvings inside the church. Come with your camera and enjoy taking photos of the intricate carvings on the door frame, plus the archways inside the church itself.

Visited August 2013
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“A Lovely Slice of English History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

The castle may have fallen down but the church is still standing! There are obvious Saxon influences in this primarily Norman place of worship that point to an earlier building being on the site and the combination of the church and the castle remains give a real sense of what it might have been like in the 12th century.

The views are fantastic too!

Visited June 2013
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Solihull UK
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“A Romanesque gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

How can this wonderful church be off the travel maps. I have seen many rural churches, this is the finest full stop. Look it up on google. The Shelagh is "interesting", the carving around the door hinting at Saxon and Celtic art.

Visited May 2013
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“A national treasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Visited on 24th April 2013. A beautiful little Church that has stood the test of time. It has an incredible Norman door on the south side with amazing carvings surrounding it. There are about 80 Corbels lining the outside of the Church running all round it, including the famous Sheelagh - this needs looking up but be aware it is rude! Remarkably, the Church seems to have been left untouched by the Puritans, this despite Cromwell's men blighting the adjacent Castle and eventually destroying it. Also, there appears to be evidence of Saxon work, which the Normans usually would have destroyed all evidence of. Most definitely worth a visit. It is normally left open most days and services are still held on about every third Sunday.

Visited April 2013
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“I really am not sure I should share this with you!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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