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The entrance and bell gable
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Location Kemeys Commander, Monmouthshire
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Status Parish church
Founded C13th century
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 18 November 1980
Architectural type Church
Parish Bettws Newydd and Kemeys Commander
Deanery Raglan/Usk
Archdeaconry Monmouth
Diocese Monmouth

The Church of All Saints, Kemeys Commander, Monmouthshire is a parish church with its origins in the 13th century.


The hamlets of Kemeys Commander and Kemeys Inferior formed part of the Monmouthshire estates of the Knights Templar. The Templars administered their holdings through commandry, accounting for the name of the hamlet. A reference to a church on the site dates from the 13th century, but the present building was constructed in the 15th century. The Lordship of Kemeys dates from the Middle Ages and was held by the Kemeys family until the estate was sold in the early 18th century.

The church was restored by Richard Creed in the late 19th century. At the time of the restoration, the vicar was The Rev. Herbert Sheppard M.A., of Clare College, Cambridge.

Architecture and description

The church is built of local limestone in the Perpendicular style. The entrance is through a timber porch and under a bell gable.

The building has suffered from subsidence and the bell gable is off-vertical.

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