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Kempley

Small village on Glos/Herefordshire border that holds "Daffodil Teas and Walks" in the spring. It has two churches that are well worth visiting.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Description

The village of Kempley can be found in the North Forest of Dean district, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Kempley has two very special churches,

St. Mary's dates back to Norman times  has the oldest timber roof of any building in England. Its greatest glory, however, comes from having some of the best preserved medieval wall paintings in Britain. Those in the chancel are particularly rare, dating from the early 12th century, and are the most complete set of Romanesque frescos in northern Europe. Because of the great historic value of the frescoes it is now managed by English Heritage.   

St. Edward's Church dates back to 1903 and was designed by Randall Wells during the Arts and Crafts movement. John Betjamin described St. Edward's as "a miniature cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement". The church, dedicated to Edward the Confessor, was built because St Mary's was too far away from the main centres of population in the parish and liable to flooding

Located between Kempley and Dymock village, lies the delightful Dymock Wood, which is varied in its array of wild flowers, especially in the spring, when you can see the daffodils and the bluebells. "Daffodil teas" are a traditional source of refreshment, held in the local village hall during the daffodil season.


Features

  • Towns and Villages

Location


Kempley
Gloucestershire
GL18 2BU
O/S Ref: SO 6729

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