There is a really
interesting website www.british-history.ac.uk - this includes
information about manors, economic, social and religious history, local
government For example it says that twenty four people were recorded in
Kempley Manor in 1086 and fifteen persons were assessed for tax in the
parish in 1327 - it goes on from there......
Friends of Kempley Churches
Friends of Kempley Churches was set up in the early 1990’s to manage
the 12th century Grade I*-listed church of St Mary on behalf of English
Heritage into whose gift it had been assigned by the then Secretary of
State for the Environment.
The “Friends” was registered as a charity in 2005 having assumed a
wider role in village life. The objectives of The Friends are to
promote, encourage, develop and disseminate knowledge of the history,
heritage and environment of the churches of Kempley and the involvement
of the churches with villagers and residents of the surrounding area;
to provide support for the realistic financial needs of the churches;
and, to liase appropriately with English Heritage concerning the
structure, contents and environment of St Mary’s Church.
Membership of The Friends is open to all residents of the Parish of
Kempley, Gloucestershire and to those who live outside the Parish who
have an interest in the heritage of Kempley Churches. A subscription,
currently £10.00 pa, is payable annually to the Membership Secretary.
The management of The Friends is vested in the hands of a Management
Committee consisting of a Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer and up to
five (5) other Trustees, together with a representative of the clergy
of the Parish. In addition, there are two non-Trustee positions of
Membership Secretary and Minutes Secretary. The Trustees are appointed
by the members at the AGM, usually held in late February.
The Friends raise funds for the churches through the organisation of
concerts and other events, by sale of literature and postcards about
the churches and by giving talks to visiting parties. We welcome
pre-booked coach parties of people who are interested in the social and
religious history of Kempley, its churches, farms and people and
especially those with an interest in the architecture and artefacts of
our churches of St Mary (12C) and St Edward the Confessor (20C).
Friends of Kempley Churches www.kempleytardis.org.uk/friends.php
Kempley Guestbook www.kempleytardis.org.uk/guestbook.php
Council Kempley Parish Council
Kempley Parish Council
Dymock - www.dymock.org.uk
are nearby: Several houses in the Dymock area were occupied by members
of a group of friends known as the Dymock Poets. The American poet,
Robert Frost stayed there with his family in 1914. John Masefield was
not one of the Dymock Poets, but the eponymous daffodil fields of his
own poem were nearby.
See also Ledbury
Poetry Festival - www.poetry-festival.com
Three Choirs Vineyard
Much Marcle - www.wyenot.com/muchmarcle.htm
Hellens Manor, located
in the heart of the village is a monument to much of England’s history
since 1096 when the manor was granted to the De Balun family who were
witnesses to the Magna Carta. It contains a wealth of period
furnishings, paintings and decorations as well as Tudor Gardens. Roger
Mortimer who killed Edward II came here often. It was the home of Sir
James Audley, a close friend of the black prince. Queen Mary visited
when still a princess.
Westons Cider - www.Westons-cider.co.uk
Church of Saint
Bartholomew with its 13th century nave, 14th century alter tomb of
Blanch Grandison and tombs of several members of the Kyrle family.
Ross Walkers website - http://www.ross-on-wyewalkersarewelcome.co.uk/