Ledbury, St Michael Church
Ledbury, St Michael Church
There was a church here before the Domesday Book of 1086, but the current building dates to the 12th century. The 12th-century core was extended and refinished in the 12th and 16th centuries. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner famously said that Ledbury was the 'premier parish church in Herefordshire'.

The impressive tower was built around 1230, with the spire added in 1733. Unusually (for Herefordshire) the tower is not connected to the nave. One of the highlights of the interior is the chapter house, which was built in 1330.

Within the chapter house is the effigy of a Benedictine monk, an iron-bound oak chest used for storing parish records, and objects found after the Civil War Battle of Ledbury.

The sanctuary boasts a 14th-century east window and several fine monuments to members of prominent local families. A special monument commemorates the poet John Masefield, a native of Ledbury.

The exterior is notable for the wonderfully carved and turreted west front, crafted in the 12th century.