All Saints Church Monkland Herefordshire


Dating from around 1100, the church was built by the monks from the Abbey of Conches in Normandy.
The church was beautifully restored in the 19th century, starting in 1866. The Victorian
restoration includes a richly painted ceiling in the chancel and colourful stained glass.
The church is composed of a nave and chancel of roughly equal width, and a stocky west
tower topped with a steep, shingled spire built of oak.

Monkland church’s principal claim to fame is that Sir Henry Williams Baker was vicar of the
parish from 1871 to 1877. Sir Henry Baker is known nationally and internationally as the writer
of many hymns including ‘The King of Love my Shepherd Is'  (this hymn was sung at the fun­er­al of Di­a­na,
Prin­cess of Wales, in West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Sep­tem­ber 6, 1997) and for his role in the publication of
Hymns Ancient and Modern.

Many features of the church remind us of his life and work: the Reredos, stained glass windows,
the carved pulpit, the Lych gate and above all, the organ. This instrument was built in 1866 by
J W Walker in accordance with Sir Henry Baker’s instructions. It is listed by the British Institute Of Organ
Studies as an instrument of importance to our national heritage