St David's, Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire

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The churchyard at St David's is a very special place. It is roughly circular in shape, with the church at the centre, and this together with its position in a valley with a stream passing through suggests that there was a place of worship here in Saxon times. So it has probably been a holy place for at least a thousand years. Find out more about its history and some of the interesting graves and memorials.

The churchyard is also an important refuge for plants and animals: birds, small mammals and bats, slow-worms and grass snakes, butterflies, bees and all kinds of minibeasts, find a home here. Lichens flourish on the old grave stones. The results of a lichen survey carried out in 2006 can be seen here.

The flowers and grasses of the churchyard were surveyed in 2004 and the trees in 2006. See the results Plants and Trees.

There is a management plan in place which ensures that the churchyard is cared for in such a way that it provides a place of peace for quiet reflection, and a haven for wildlife where people can appreciate the beauty and diversity of nature.

Churchyard Medieval Preaching Cross:

English Heritage are running a project to renovate 10 of the most at risk medieval Preaching Crosses in Herefordshire, and St David's cross is one of those. The work was completed in February 2013. The plinth stones at the base of the cross were dug out, and then rebuilt using as much of the original stone as possible. The renovated base and column for the cross now look very smart, safe and secure. We have no knowledge of what the original cross on top of the column would have been like, so no replica will be made to put on top of the column.

 

 

 





Medieval preaching cross

The base of a 14th century preaching cross stands on the south side of the church, probably moved here from somewhere outside the churchyard in the 15th or 16th centuries.

Building the wall

Rebuilding the churchyard wall.