Leominster Priory
Leominster Priory
A 13th-century church in the heart of Leominster, St Peter and St Pauls was originally part of a medieval Benedictine priory. The priory is long gone, a victim of Henry VIII's supression of the monasteries, but the monastic church survives. The church is especially notable for the superb carving of the west doorway.

This carving was executed by the 'Herefordshire' school of craftsmen, who were also responsible for the superb churches at Kilpeck and Shobdon, among others in the area. In the interior is a 'Wheel of Life' wall painting dating to the 13th century.

The architecture is largely Early English, or Decorated Gothic. Within the priory are copies of monastic manuscripts dealing with the history of the priory.

Leominster Priory is home to the last ducking stool used in England. The ducking stool was a form of punishment often reserved for wives whose husband's thought they were too opinionated, but it could also be used as a more deadly form of test for witchcraft.

If a suspected witch was ducked under the water and died, they were presumed to have been innocent. If they survived, it was presumed that the devil had saved them, so they could be executed as a proven witch.