Holy Trinity & St Mary (Dore Abbey), HR2 0AA

Holy Trinity & St Mary (Dore Abbey), Abbeydore
Abbeydore Hereford, HR2 0AA

Holy Trinity & St Mary's Abbeydore (Dore Abbey) is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.  The Cockyard Mission Hall is also part of our parish with an afternoon service on the first Sunday of the month (except January; see separate ACNY entry).   See below for our normal and seasonal services.

Dore Abbey stands in a beautiful part of Herefordshire’s Golden Valley. The present church was once the chancel, crossing and transepts of the medieval Cistercian monastery whose domestic buildings and chapter house can still be traced. The cloister garden is a lovely place to sit to enjoy the tranquillity of the site. The white robed monks first came here in 1147 and their skill in gardening is commemorated in the stylised foliage of the capitals. By the 13th-14th centuries the wool from Dore’s sheep was the best quality in Europe, fetching the highest prices and selling as far away as Italy. The profit paid for the church to be enlarged, decorated and re-painted. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, the building was saved from total destruction and was restored in the 1630s by John, Viscount Scudamore. It is a rare, surviving example of a Laudian Church. Among the many points to note are the lovely bosses, saved from the medieval roof because the King’s Commissioners were sympathetic, the original altar top, the carved screen, the newly restored stained glass and the wall texts. More information can be found in the guidebook on sale in the Abbey. Guided tours can be arranged. Facilities - portaloo toilets are available in the summer months.

The six bells were originally cast in 1710/1712 by the first Abraham Rudhall at his Gloucester foundry. Four were recast: the treble by Thomas Rudhall in 1770, the tenor by Charles and John Rudhall in 1782, the fourth by Thomas Rudhall in 1810, and the second by Llewellins and James in Bristol in 1892. The bells were restored and re-hung in a new bell frame in 2013.

The Newsletter of The Friends of Dore Abbey has further information on Church Services and Events - see www.doreabbey.org.uk

Also available: The Definitive History of Dore Abbey edited by Ron Shoesmith and Ruth E. Richardson; the fifteen contributors cover all aspects of the Abbey. Contact the Treasurer of The Friends of Dore Abbey, cost £14.95+p.p.

For tours and visits please contact Peter Rostron - rostron@oakford57.fsnet.co.uk - 01981 570628; or Geoff Loosemore on gploosemore@gmail.com.

Our usual Church Services are*:

2nd Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion (HC) CW Order One Traditional Language (CW Trad)
4th Sunday - 10.00 am Holy Communion 1662
1st Wednesday of the month - BCP Evensong at 4pm April to Oct, 3pm Nov to March.
We occasionally host the Group’s 5th Sunday HC service (30.4.17 and 30.7.17)
We also have special Services, several connected with our Events – see below and our web site ...

* We will be in vacancy from May 2017 and so the normal service pattern may be altered on account of availability of service leaders.


Easter Sunday 16.4.17 - 6.30am Dawn Service; 10am Holy Communion (CW Trad)

Sun 23rd April 2017 - Foundation (1147AD) Eucharist at 10am with the Archdeacon of Hereford, Ven. Paddy Benson

Sun 30th April - Group Communion (CW Trad) at 10am with the Abbey Singers (our Rector's last service)

Sun 11th June 2017 - Patronal Eucharist (Trinity Sunday) at 4pm with the Abbey Singers

Sun 30th July 2017 - Deanery Eucharist at 10am with the English Choral Experience Consort (tbc)

Sun 10th Sept 2017 - Patronal Eucharist (Mary) at 4pm with the Dean of Hereford Cathedral and the Abbey Singers

Sun 8th Oct 2016 - Harvest Festival and refreshments at 6pm

Sat 11th Nov 2017 - Remembrance Requiem service at 7.30pm (tbc)

Sun 10th Dec 2017 - Carol Service at 3pm

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion at 11.30pm in Dec 2018

You are most welcome to join us.

5th Sundays:-

29.10.17  -  Deanery Service, details tba.

31.12.17  -  10am Group Communion, details tba.

Visit the website


  • Holy Communion

    Please check to see if there is a Special Service on in its place

    Every 4th Sunday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

  • Holy Communion

    Please check to see if there is an alternative Special Service

    Every 2nd Sunday at 10 a.m. for 38 minutes




  • Evensong (BCP)

    Please check to see if there is an alternative Special Service

    Start time in the winter (Nov-Mar) is at 3pm

    Every 1st Wednesday at 4 p.m. for 30 minutes