8 BLAKEMERE (B.b.)
(O.S. 6 in. XXXII, S.W.)
Blakemere is a parish and hamlet 9 m. W. of Hereford.
The church is the principal monument.
(1). Parish Church of St. Leonard, stands near
the middle of the parish. The walls are of local
sandstone and the roofs are covered with stone slates.
The church, which dated probably from the end of
the 12th century, was entirely re-built, on the old lines,
in 1877, but incorporates many of the features of the
The Church, Plan
Architectural Description—The Chancel (24 ft. by
16½ ft.) has, in the E. wall, three late 12th or early
13th-century lancet-windows, with modern heads and
all modern internally. In the N. wall are two single-light windows, the eastern with a pointed and the
western with a round head; they are of the same date
as the E. windows, but are modern internally. In the
S. wall are two windows, the eastern of the 15th century,
and of two cinque-foiled lights with restored vertical
tracery in a square head; the western window is of
early 14th-century date, and of one trefoiled ogee light;
farther E. is a late 12th-century doorway, with chamfered jambs and round head; it is now blocked. The
late 12th-century chancel-arch is two-centred and of
two orders with a moulded label; the outer order is
chamfered and continuous and the inner order is
moulded and springs from corbels with short shafts,
scalloped capitals and square chamfered and grooved
The Nave (34 ft. by 18½ ft.) has in both the N. and S.
walls two windows, all modern except a few stones in
the jambs. The blocked 14th-century N. doorway has
chamfered jambs and segmental-pointed head. The
late 12th-century S. doorway is round-headed, and of
two orders, the inner moulded and the outer chamfered
and with a moulded label. In the W. wall is a late 14th-century window of two cinque-foiled ogee lights in a
square head with moulded external reveals; the
mullion and internal stonework are modern.
Fittings—Bells: three, inaccessible. Bracket: In
Chancel—under N.E. window, moulded corbel with
socket-hole in top, 15th-century. Churchyard Cross:
S. of chancel, octagonal shaft, about 9 ft. high, on
octagonal base stopped outwards to a square; in W.
face, small trefoil-headed panel, 14th-century, head
modern. Communion Table: of oak with turned legs,
enriched top-rail with shaped brackets, early 17th-century. Communion Rails: of oak with turned
balusters, square posts with attached half balusters, late
17th-century. Floor slabs: In nave—(1) to James
Winston, 169–, with shield-of-arms; (2) to Penelope,
wife of (James ?) Seaborne, 1693. Font: round bowl,
moulded necking with cable-moulded top member, late
12th-century, stem modern. Pulpit: made up of old
woodwork, including balusters as to communion-rail,
enriched panels above, carved with rosettes and fluted
ornament, 17th-century. Recess: In nave—in N. wall,
wide recess with moulded two-centred arch and label,
14th-century, probably tomb-recess.
The following monuments, unless otherwise described, are of the 17th century, and of two storeys or
one with attics; the walls are timber-framed and
plastered; in some cases the infilling is of brick-nogging,
and some have stone plinths; the roofs are of stoneslates. Several of the houses have exposed ceiling-beams and original chimney-stacks.
Condition—Good or fairly good.
(2). Church House Farm, house and barn, 60 yards
W.N.W. of the church. The House (Plate 22) has a
later addition on the N.W. side of the house. The
timber-framing is exposed on the N.E. wall. Inside
the building there is a moulded ceiling-beam of 16th-century date, which indicates the existence of an earlier
house, which was either much altered or re-built in the
The Barn stands to the N.W. of the house and is
timber-framed and weather-boarded with some interlacing slat-work in the upper parts of the walls.
(3). Cottage (Plate 22), on the E. side of the road,
170 yards N.N.W. of the church, has exposed timber-framing.
(4). Cottage, now two tenements, on the W. side of
the road, 20 yards N.W. of (3), has had the W. and S.
walls re-built in brick and has a modern slate roof.
(5). Old Vicarage, cottage, 40 yards S. of the church,
dates probably from late in the 16th or early in the 17th
century; the S.E. wall has been refronted in modern
(6). Cottage, now two tenements, on the S. side of
the road, 200 yards S.E. of the church, has later
additions at the back. Inside the building there is a
panelled oak door of early 17th-century date.
(7). Cottage, on the E. side of the road, 200 yards S.
of (6), has early 18th-century and modern additions.
(8). Cottage (Plate 22), on the W. side of the road,
80 yards S. of (7), has the end walls of stone. On
the W. side is a modern addition with a corrugated
(9). Cottage, 10 yards S. of (8), was built probably
early in the 18th century. The roof is covered with
corrugated iron. There is a modern addition at the
(10). Cottage, on the W. side of the road, 80 yards
S.S.E. of (9), was built probably late in the 17th or
early in the 18th century. There is a modern outbuilding at the S. end; the roof is of corrugated iron.