Much Cowarne

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Much Cowarne
Much Cowarne is located in Herefordshire
Much Cowarne
Much Cowarne
Much Cowarne shown within Herefordshire
Population 463 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO 621 472
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BROMYARD
Postcode district HR7
Dialling code 01531
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
HerefordshireCoordinates: 52°07′N 2°33′W / 52.12°N 02.55°W / 52.12; -02.55

Much Cowarne is a village and civil parish in the English county of Herefordshire, located off the A417 about 16 miles from Hereford and 10 miles from its post town of Bromyard.


The village is located in countryside away from main roads, with views to the Malvern Hills and Wye Valley. Composer Edward Elgar considered the landscape around the village as a source of inspiration, frequently cycling in the area to visit the church or friends at Cowarne Court.[2] The civil parish includes the hamlet of Hope's Rough.

Notable buildings[edit]

Church of St Mary the Virgin

Cowarne Hall is a former school building built in a Victorian Gothic architectural style, which has now been converted into a village hall and holiday cottages.

The village has a medieval church building, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, which dates to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. There is a plaque inside the church celebrating Edward Elgar's connection to the village.[3] The church is a grade I listed building [4]


The Much Cowarne History Group has published several books and booklets, including A Jugful of Much Cowarne Cider (2003) and Much Cowarne Church: A Guidebook and History (2008). It is currently involved in producing a collection of stories and pictures about the village as part of a Local Heritage Initiative project.[2]

Local produce[edit]

The village has its own apple variety known as the Much Cowarne Red.[2]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Much Cowarne Conservation Project". Local Heritage Initiative. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Much Cowarne: St Mary the Virgin, Much Cowarne". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary, Much Cowarne". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 30 January 2014.