Yesterday Mrs Sixwheeler and I visited the Church of St Mary and St David in the village of Kilpeck in Herefordshire. This church is well known among students of church architecture but almost unknown to everyone else; I came across it by a chance reference on Twitter and decided it was worth a visit. How right I was.
on top of the column on the right.
Two birds eating a snake.
you can look and make your own decisions!
The amazing thing is that these decorations in the Hereford style of stonemasonry date back to the time the church was built in around 1140 AD and that they have survived. The stone is red sandstone which is normally quite soft but here it has a high mica content that makes it much harder.
Moving into the interior of the church you find a very simple layout in the Romanesque style with more decoration in stone; there is a very large font that is believed to have been brought in at a later date. I was particularly delighted by this Holy Water Stoup
which was also brought in much later but is now used for fresh flowers.
Before returning to the car we walked up to the adjacent ruin of Kilpeck Castle which offers very little other than spectacular views from the top and on a hot day is very smelly indeed as the farmer has had his sheep in there and there is much evidence of their presence.
As a footnote I would add that The Kilpeck Inn is most welcoming and provided us with a very good lunch.
24 June 2015