Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Kilpeck Church

  • Off A465 Map It
  • Kilpeck
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

One of Britain's best-preserved Norman churches, built of red sandstone in the mid-12th century, is lavishly decorated inside and out with exceptional sculpture. The intricate portal displays a lavish wealth of Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Saxon influences, and there are countless amusing carvings depicting a green man, a manticore (a lion with a human's head and dragon's tail), and the legendary sheela na gig, a gargoyle whose ribald and explicit eroticism is incongruous in such pious surroundings and is said to vengefully represent a tight-fisted patron's wife. Much of the tiny hamlet is protected as an ancient monument. Guided tours can be arranged through the churchwarden. The church is 7 miles southwest of Hereford.

Sight Information

Address:

Off A465, Kilpeck, HR2 9DN, England

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Phone:

01981-570315-Churchwarden

Sight Details:

  • Free; dontations accepted
  • Daily 9–dusk

Published 08/18/2015

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