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St Michael's parish church in Moccas

Moccas is a village and civil parish in the English county of Herefordshire. It is located 14 miles (23 km) west of Hereford. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 census was 105.[1]

The parish is mainly farmland with a number of woods, including Woodbury Hill Wood and the Moccas Park Deer Park (though mostly in Dorstone parish). The parish church of St Michael is well known as the site of the very early Welsh Moccas Monastery, founded by Saint Dubricius in the 6th century,[2] as recorded in the Book of Llandaff.[3] The church has a notable monument to the de Fresnes family, lords of the manor in the 14th century.[4]

Moccas Court, north of the village, replaced the old manor house which once stood next to the church. It is a fine Georgian country house, now a hotel, built between 1776 and 1783 for the Cornewall family by the architect Anthony Keck.


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "DA Monastic Site, Moccas". Herefordshire Through Time. Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Rees (2003). An essential guide to Celtic sites and their saints. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 169–170. ISBN 0-86012-318-9. 
  4. ^ Peter R. Coss (2010). The foundations of gentry life: the Multons of Frampton and their world, 1270-1370. Past & present. Oxford University Press. pp. 166–167. ISBN 0-19-956000-5. 
  • Nikolaus Pevsner (1963). Herefordshire. Buildings of England. 25. Penguin Books. pp. 253–254. 

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Coordinates: 52°05′N 2°56′W / 52.083°N 2.933°W / 52.083; -2.933