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The Parishes of 'A Vicar's Life'


Episode 4

St Michael's, Breinton

A village church on the outskirts of Hereford. The building, which is close to the River Wye,  is grade 2 listed and dates back to the 12th century. It was completely restored in the second half of the 19th Century. The parish is very friendly and all are welcomed at services.

St Clydawg, Clodock

Clodock church is dedicated to St Clydawg, King of Ewias, who was martyred about 500AD. The present building stands on the site of his tomb, beside the river Monnow and overlooked by the Black Mountains. It dates from the 12th century and is Grade 1 listed.

Episode 3

All Saints, Hereford 

All Saints Church has been a focus of Hereford life for over 800 years. Its dramatic twisted spire dominates the skyline, and the medieval interior is an inspired meeting of the sacred and the secular. The original All Saints, probably dating from 1200AD, did not last long and it may well have been damaged by an earthquake. Rebuilding was soon started, but took a long time and it was not until about 1330AD that the new church was completed, very much as we see it today.

Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock

A fine 12th Century church built by Clunaic Monks of Wenlock Priory. Holy Trinity contains interesting Norman, Jacobean, Victorian and Contemporary features and offers a warm welcome to the many visitors who often sit in thought, light a candle and leave a prayer on their Prayer Board.

St Clydawg, Clodock

Clodock church is dedicated to St Clydawg, King of Ewias, who was martyred about 500AD. The present building stands on the site of his tomb, beside the river Monnow and overlooked by the Black Mountains. It dates from the 12th century and is Grade 1 listed.

Episode 2

Hereford Cathedral

Built on a place of worship used since Saxon times, Hereford Cathedral contains some of the finest examples of architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the 13th century Shrine of St. Thomas of Hereford, the recently restored 14th century Lady Chapel and the award-winning 20th century New Library Building. Hereford Cathedral Website

Ripon College, Cuddesdon

A centre of Excellence in Theological Training and Research. We train men and women for ministry in the Church of England through a wide range of residential and non-residential programmes, to suit students at different stages of life, various personal circumstances and all kinds of academic abilities. Ripon College Website

St Peter's Centre, Peterchurch

Home of the Hub, a rural community development project based at St Peter’s Centre in Peterchurch in the heart of Herefordshire’s Golden Valley. St Peter's has been recently renovated and now hosts cooking and toilet facilities, a very popular cafe, and several community groups and events.

Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock

A fine 12th Century church built by Clunaic Monks of Wenlock Priory. Holy Trinity contains interesting Norman, Jacobean, Victorian and Contemporary features and offers a warm welcome to the many visitors who often sit in thought, light a candle and leave a prayer on their Prayer Board.

St Mary's, Craswall 

If you like your churches grand and opulent, stay away from St Mary’s, Craswall. This tiny Norman church has remained pretty well untouched by time, except in the 18th century when a west gallery was installed. Its very remoteness is somehow enhanced by the fact that it stands in a field. A regular feature of the church’s life are the wonderful Concerts for Craswall

Episode 1


Dore Abbey, Abbeydore

Dore Abbey nestles in the Golden Valley where the white robed Cistercian monks chose to build in 1147. Their prayerful life included farming and gardening which created income to improve their abbey. Much of their engineering and building skills stand today. Their peace was shattered by the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The present building was saved and restored in the 1630’s by John, Viscount Scudamore. Today it enjoys regular Church services, has a fine organ and a peal of 6 bells. It is also the venue for many concerts and local community activities.

Holy Trinity, Hereford

Holy Trinity Church serves a large parish to the west of the city, and is part of the West Hereford Team Ministry. The building has been the centre of worship for the community for over a hundred years. Today, the building is used for a wide range of activities, including concerts & exhibitions.

St Clydawg, Clodock

Clodock church is dedicated to St Clydawg, King of Ewias, who was martyred about 500AD. The present building stands on the site of his tomb, beside the river Monnow and overlooked by the Black Mountains. It dates from the 12th century and is Grade 1 listed.

Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock

A fine 12th Century church built by Clunaic Monks of Wenlock Priory. Holy Trinity contains interesting Norman, Jacobean, Victorian and Contemporary features and offers a warm welcome to the many visitors who often sit in thought, light a candle and leave a prayer on their Prayer Board.