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St Andrew, How Caple, Herefordshire

(51°58′20″N, 2°34′3″W)
How Caple
SO 611 306
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew and St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
07 Jun 2011

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How Caple consists of a few dwellings alongside a minor road in the Wye valley, 3 miles N of Ross-on-Wye. How Caple Court stands in wooded parkland at the E end of the village, and the church is alongside the Court. Only the chancel is medieval, dating from the 14thc. The nave and the S porch (now blocked and used as a vestry) were remodelled for Sir William Gregory in 1693-95, and a W tower and S transept were added at the same time. It is a red sandstone building; the chancel of coursed rubble and the later work of ashlar. Set into the interior E wall of the chancel is a scallop capital used as a shelf support. The more important Romanesque survival, however, is an octagonal font with relief carvings in the nave.


How Caple was held by the canons of Hereford Cathedral in 1086. It was assessed at 5 hides, and also contained a mill and 8 acres of meadow.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





The RCHME entry records that the font was found buried in the tower, and dates it to the 13thc. The list description places it in the 12thc. Pevsner (1963) called it Late Norman, repeated in the 2012 edition. The scallop capital is here dated to the 1170s or ‘80s.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 373-74.

Historic England Listed Building 154289

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 197.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 91-93.