Aconbury St John the Baptist: from the Sisters of St John of Jerusalem to Diocesan Store

It was time to go south for our third trip out, a quarter of an hour down the Ross road to the delightful hamlet of Aconbury, off just about everyone’s beaten track these days but a great spot for a country spring walk. Park on the hard-standing not the grass though as the local farmer has some pretty big machinery to move around (and some nice grass to keep unspoiled).

Back in the day (in the thirteenth century in fact) the Sister of St John of Jerusalem (Hospitallers) had a priory here – it became an Augustinian house later after a big row – and you can still see the remains of a cloister on the south wall. An early piece of carved columns also hiding in the fifteenth century porch with its fine angels greeting you as you arrive. Not that you can go in now, though, as the building is preserved by virtue of being used a diocesan store. Every diocese needs one…

Before you leave for that country walk remember to look up and see the very picturesque shingled bell-turret added by G.G. Scott who restored the church in the nineteenth century (these Scotts got everywhere, even to the back of beyond like here).

One thought on “Aconbury St John the Baptist: from the Sisters of St John of Jerusalem to Diocesan Store

  1. I must go and visit in July when Visit my brother in Colwall. What do you think of Kilpeck church?
    Barry Evans took me several years ago when we went to see where my grandmother used to live in Allensmore. It’s carvings are quite strange.

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