All Saints, Monkland
- On A44 – 2 miles west of Leominster
- OS Grid Ref: SO 460 577
- Ours of access: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Summer), 9.00am – 4.00pm (Winter)
- Parking available
- Disabled access
Dating from circa 1100, was built by the monks from the Abbey of Conches in Normandy. The church was beautifully restored inthe 19th century.
Monkland church’s principal claim to fame is that Sir Henry Williams Baker was vicar of the parish from 1871 to 1877. Sir Henry Baker is known nationally and internationally as the writer of many hymns including ‘The King of Love my Shepherd isand for his role in the publication of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
Many features of the church remind us of his life and work: the Reredos, stained glass windows, the carved pulpit, the Lych gate and above all, the organ. This instrument was built in 1866 by J W Walker in accordance with Sir Henry Baker’s instructions. It is listed by the British Institute Of Organ Studies as an instrument of importance to our national heritage.