Leominster Priory

Leominster Priory

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  • OS Grid Ref: SO 498 593
  • Open Access.
  • Parking available.
  • Disabled access.
  • Toilets only available for parties on request.
  • Visit the website.

Christianity came here with the Northumbrian St Edfrith around 660AD who converted the local King Merewald, but nothing remains of his church. The majestic Norman nave survives from the former Benedictine Priory established by Henry I, its west doorway and window above containing unique Herefordshire School carvings (lion, reaper and green man). There are the remains of a 13th century ‘Wheel of Life’ mural. The east end was demolished at the Dissolution in 1539. Contrasting with this nave, the ‘Early English’ central nave and ‘Decorated’ south aisle offer light and air (some Gilbert Scott restoration). The south windows represent the Annunciation, the Birth of Jesus (these by Kemp), the Visit of the Magi, and the Presentation in the Temple. The great ‘Perpendicular’ west window shows St Peter and St Paul, the Priory’s dedicatees. The ‘Sea of Faith’ tapestry beneath the east window has roundels representing the variety of local community groups. The town Ducking Stool preserved here ducked Jenny Pipes, the last such event in England. The tower contains a peel of 10 bells, but its clock has no face. For visitors there are history boards and a DVD (when available), and a shop. Parties welcome (phone 01568 612124).

Leominster Priory