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St Andrew, Bridge Sollers, Herefordshire

(52°4′43″N, 2°51′18″W)
Bridge Sollers
SO 415 426
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Ron Baxter
05 May 2005

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Bridge Sollers is a village on the River Wye 6 miles W of Hereford. The village consists of a few dwellings and the church clustered around a crossing of the river. The church is on the N bank, alongside the main A438 road from Hereford to Brecon. It consists of 12thc nave with a later 12thc W tower and N aisle and a 13thc chancel. The Romanesque features here are the S doorway, under a 19thc timber porch, and the later 12thc N arcade.


Bridge Sollers was held by a the Bishop of Hereford in 1066, and in 1086 5 hides were held by a knight from the Bishop and a further hide was held by another knight.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



Pevsner (1963) followed by Brooks and Pevsner (2012) relates the carvings on the S doorway imposts to the Herefordshire School. For Thurlby (1999) it is an indication of the role of Hereford Cathedral in the formative years of the school. He points out that Bridge Sollers was held by the Bishop, and relates the dragon-spewing head on the W impost of the doorway to a base at Shobdon. This is merely a formal similarity between motifs, and neither Thurlby nor the present author would agree that the Herefordshire School sculptors worked here.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 127-28.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 7237.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 84.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 21-22.

M. Thurlby, The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture. Logaston 1999, 80-81.