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St Mary, Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire

(52°5′52″N, 2°54′49″W)
SO 375 448
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
05 May 2005

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Staunton-on-Wye is a good-sized village built around a cluster of minor roads on the River Wye 10 miles W of Hereford. The A438 road from Hereford to Brecon passes by the village and was formerly a Roman road. The church is on the E outskirts of the village. It consists of a long aisleless nave, a chancel and a W tower. The nave is 12thc, and at its E end on the N wall are two blocked bays of an arcade, probably 13thc in date. The chancel has the remains of a 12thc window and a 12thc S doorway, but is otherwise modern. The Romanesque features recorded here are the N and S nave doorways, the S chancel doorway and the font. Worryingly, in the churchyard S of the chancel is a worn medieval effigy of a figure with its feet on a lion.


Staunton-on-Wye was held by Earnwig from Eadwig Cild before the Conquest, and by Leofric from Roger de Lacy in 1086. It was assessed at 2 hides.


Exterior Features





The Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record suggests that the W window could be a reset doorway of c.1200. The RCHME dates the blocked arcade in the nave to the 14thc, while for the Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record the central capital is ‘so enormous and crude that it looks 11th century’. They also suggest a date 0f 1170-80 for the font, and suggest that the bowl may have been cut down. The upper rim is certainly suspiciously crisp.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 606.

Historic England Listed Building 150469

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 291-92

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 7235.