St Michael's Church, Michaelchurch, Herefordshire

Address: Michaelchurch, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire, HR2 8LD
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Nearly 1000 years old

Said to be founded by Bishop Herwald of Llandaff in 1056, this lovely church hugs the side of a remote valley.

A Roman altar is built into a blocked doorway and 13th-century wallpaintings decorate the walls in the form of masonry lines, borders with chevron design and consecration crosses.

Super-imposed on these on the north and south walls are black letter inscriptions from the 16th-and 17th- centuries.

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Road directions

6 miles west of Ross on Wye; access via a single track to the west, off the A4137 immediately to the north of St. Owens Cross; church adjoins the single track Michaelchurch Road

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Hereford (9.3 miles). Bus route numbers 38/411.

OS Reference No.

SO 522 255

What’s on & news

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.








PDF iconHerefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (04 Jul 2011, 17:36)

    I sensed the site had been a place of worship before the church was built - is this likely? In any event, I found this place magical.

  2. Mary Shaw (24 Sep 2012, 15:17)

    A plain but tranquil place, I felt at peace and thought this would make an ideal pilgrimage site. Its satate of repair is clearly deteriorating and the floor was quite wet when we visited today. We are so pleased to have found it and will re-visit as it is less than 30 mins drive from home.

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St Michael's Church, Michaelchurch, Herefordshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.