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St Peter and St Paul, Eye, Herefordshire

(52°16′12″N, 2°44′24″W)
SO 496 638
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
10 July 2012

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Eye is a small village in the N of the county; 2½ miles N of Leominster and within 5 miles of the Shropshire border to the N and the Worcestershire border to the E. The village consists of the church, the 17thc Eye Manor alongside, and a few other dwellings. The core of the church is a building of the late 12thc and early 13thc in local sandstone. It has a 13thc chancel with a 2-bay N chapel of the same date and a 19thc S vestry. The nave is 12thc with S aisle added at the end of that century and a N aisle at the beginning of the 13thc. The N porch dates from the 14thc, but the S doorway, facing away from the village, has no porch and is now blocked. The W tower was rebuilt in 1874, when the church was restored and the S vestry addded. Features described here are the S nave arcade, the N and S nave doorways, and the N chancel doorway.


Eye is not recorded in the Domesday Survey by name, but was part of the manor of Leominster. which passed to Reading Abbey at its foundation in 1125, including the church of Eye. In 1216-18, Eye church "with all its chapels" was appropriated by Reading abbey.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



The S arcade is generally dated c.1190 and the N arcade 1210-20. The doorways must date from the same period.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 230-31.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6922

B. Kemp (ed.), Reading Abbey Cartularies, London, (Camden Fourth Series) 1985, I, 333.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 129-30.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 57-61.