St. Mary the Virgin, Snead

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A priory and convent of Augustinian canons was founded alongside the River Camlad at Snead in the 12th Century. The restored Victorian church retains remnants of earlier history. Visitors are primarily aware of an essence of worship in this isolated and peaceful churchyard, lovingly maintained as a sanctuary for flora and fauna. The small community of Snead hope that our hidden church will be found by those who seek.

The church is open during daylight hours. See “A Church Near You” for services and events.


Snead, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6EB, United Kingdom


Grid reference: SO 316920

By car Please DO NOT use SATNAV! On A489 two miles from Churchstoke is a layby on the right hand side. Park here and follow directions below. Alternatively there is sometimes space to park in the paddock under the oak tree.

By public transport (rail/bus): limited bus service to Bishop’s Castle

On foot: At right angles to the main road is a lane, follow down the hill to the church notice board, cross the paddock, keeping left of the log cabin and take the hedge lined grass path to the church. It may not be possible to see the church until the end of the path.


Unfortunately the uneven path prevents disabled access to the church and there are no toilet facilities. There is a wooden bench outside the church and there are views of the riverside and undisturbed countryside.
Refreshments are available at Churchstoke and Bishop’s Castle, and there is accommodation available at Daisy Bank caravan park (adults only), The Farm Snead B&B, or in Bishop’s Castle

The Hospitaller is not on site but please feel welcome to make contact.

Hospitaller/Contact Person

Pamela Blaxland

Tel: 01588 638145


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