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St Andrew, Bredenbury, Herefordshire

(52°12′19″N, 2°34′24″W)
SO 609 565
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Ron Baxter
31 October 2017

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Bredenbury is a village in the N of the county, on the E side of the A44 between Leominster and Bromyard. The church stands alongside the main road, and was built by T. H. Wyatt in 1876-77, on a new site, to replace medieval chuches both here (in the grounds of Bredenbury Court) and at Wacton, a mile to the NE. Wyatt's church consists of a chancel with a gabled S vestry, a nave with a S porch and a W tower with a pyramid roof and a SW stair turret. Construction is rusticated, or rock-faced, with ashlar dressings and a fishscale slate roof. When Wacton church was pulled down in 1881, the font bowl was brought here and is now in the churchyard W of the S porch, where it does duty as a planter. A second smaller bowl from a font or stoup stands in a matching location to the E of the porch. These are the only features described here.


Bredenbury was held by Herman from Roger de Lacy in 1086, and by Leofsige in 1066. It was assessed at 1 hide. The overlordship remained wioth the Lacy family until the reign of Henry III, when the maale line failed and the holdings were divided among coheiresses (Duncumb (1812)). The earliest notice of presentation to the church is in 1287 when Thomas de Balecroft was presented by Paul de Keyrdiff. Wacton is not recorded in the Domesday Survey.





N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 82-83.

J. Duncumb, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Hereford. Vol. 2, pt 1, 1812, 59-65.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 122-23.

Historic England Listed Building (English Heritage legacy ID) 493374

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 25-26, 195.