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St Giles, Acton Beauchamp, Herefordshire

(52°9′0″N, 2°28′8″W)
Acton Beauchamp
SO 680 503
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • George Zarnecki
  • Ron Baxter
08 August 1989 (GZ), 15 March 2005 (RB)

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Feature Sets

The church consists of W tower, nave and chancel, the latter two rebuilt in 1819 in Georgian style, but the original doorway was saved and inserted as S doorway of the nave. The W tower includes a S doorway with a lintel made from an Anglo-Saxon carved cross or gravestone, the most important pre-Conquest sculpture in the region. This is not described here, but photographs are included.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1086 Acton was held by Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and Urso from him.

Benefice of Acton Beauchamp and Evesbatch with Stanford Bishop.


Exterior Features



The south doorway is of the type very common in the region at the end of the 12thc.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 79-80.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6890. Now available online at http://www.smr.herefordshire.gov.uk/db.php/p

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 21, 63.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 1-2.