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Kenchester, Herefordshire

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Kenchester, Herefordshire

Kenchester is a parish in Herefordshire, England. It is about 5.5 miles west-northwest of Hereford.
Administrative CountyHerefordshire
Traditional CountyHerefordshire
OS GridSO4343
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityWest Mercia
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands

Other names by which Kenchester, Herefordshire has been known in the past


Kenchester, Herefordshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Kenchester, par., in co. and 5½ miles NW. of Hereford, 533 ac., pop. 80; many Roman remains have been found at Kenchester, which was probably the important Roman station of Magna Castra.

Kenchester, Herefordshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

KENCHESTER (St. Michael), a parish, in the hundred of Grimsworth, union and county of Hereford, 5 miles (W. N. W.) from Hereford; containing 99 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the left bank of the river Wye, and intersected by the road from Hereford to Kington; and consists of 509 acres. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 5. 7., and in the patronage of the Crown; net income, £182. According to Camden, this place was the Ariconium, but Dr. Horsley considers it as the Magna, of the Romans. The form of the station is an irregular hexagon: the remains principally consist of fragments of a temple at the eastern end, with a niche of Roman brick and mortar, called the Chair; around this are foundations and holes, similar to vaults. At different periods large vaults, tessellated pavements, a fine Mosaic floor, relics of pottery, urns, and large bones, have been discovered. An hypocaust, about seven feet square, with the leaden pipes entire, and those of brick measuring a foot in length and three inches square, was found in 1670; and at the close of the last century, a stone altar was dug up from the foundation of the northern wall of the station, bearing an inscription implying its dedication to the Emperor Cæsar Marcus Aurelius.

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