St Peter

The tiny little church at Llancillo, is probably the most difficult of all our buildings to find, but the search is worth it and you will be able to get in.

About this church

The key hangs in the porch but the door is only locked to keep out the sheep. Do remember to lock it up when you go and return the key to its hook.

Its name sounds Welsh but it lies on the English side of what is classic Border country. The mound of a long lost Castle is in view from it. The fabric is mostly medieval but like the preaching cross in the churchyard, where only the plinth is original, it was rescued initially, and repaired, a century ago. The parish was transferred from the jurisdiction of St David's to that of Hereford in 1852, and the dedication is to St Peter, with an apparent alternative dedication to St Tyssillio.

Inside the church survives a 13th century bell, believed to be one of the oldest in Herefordshire, although Frederick Sharpe in Vol III (1970) of his Church Bells of Herefordshire suggests it is even older, ascribing it to the second half of the 12th century 'as ancient a casting as any found in an English Parish Church today'.

The church also retains a 13th century font and a pulpit, mostly of 1632, and an intense east window placed in memory of Joseph Wheatley, Town Clerk of Cardiff, who lived at Llancillo Hall, a listed early 17th century mansion half a mile to the southwest. The window has variously been credited to William Pearce of Birmingham or Jones and Willis. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Other nearby churches

St Clydog

This is a quintessential Borders church, built of red sandstone with a sturdy, castle like tower, and in a very rural setting. Its nave is Norman, the chancel a little later, and the tower later still.

St Nicholas

Grosmont sits within yards of the Wales/England border, here formed by the River Monnow. The church is cruciform, with an unusual octagonal tower.

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