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St John the Baptist, Fawley Chapel, Brockhampton, Herefordshire

(51°57′44″N, 2°35′48″W)
Fawley Chapel, Brockhampton
SO 591 295
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
07 Jun 2011

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Fawley chapel is in the parish of Brockhampton, in the Wye valley, 3 miles N of Ross-on-Wye. It is situated at the end of a lane, alongside a farm on the N bank of the River Wye, and is a two-celled building with a barrel-vaulted chancel. Construction is of sandstone rubble with a rough ashlar facing to the S wall of the nave. The earliest parts are 12thc, it was widened to the S and lengthened westwards, probably in the 14thc and further work dates from the 16thc and 17thc, when a W bell chamber and double bell-opening was added. The chancel was rebuilt in 1827. Romanesque features recorded here are the triple-arched chancel arch, the blocked N doorway and the font.


Fawley is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but the chapel was at some stage a chapel of ease to Brockhampton, and it is fair to assume that the it fell within that manor. In 1086 Brockhampton was made up of 5 English hides and 3 Welsh hides, held by the Canons of Hereford Cathedral.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Pevsner (1963) remarked that the large top scallops of the font look as if they had been ‘chopped about’, perhaps suggesting later modifications to a simple tub form.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 234.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6830

Historic England Listed Building 154275

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 131.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2. East, (1932), 34-35.