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St Peter and St Paul, Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire

(52°7′18″N, 3°4′19″W)
Whitney on Wye
SO 267 476
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
05 September 2012

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Whitney-on-Wye is a village in the W of the county, 15 miles W of Hereford and under 2 miles from the Welsh border. It stands on the N bank of the River Wye; its dwellings clustering around a road junction on the main A438 Hereford to Brecon road. The church stands outside the village on its W side, and consists of a chancel with a N organ room and vestry, a nave with a W gallery, and a W tower. The medieval church was largely destroyed by the Wye in 1720, and what remained was rebuilt in 1740. There are traces of medieval walling on the N and E sides, but the only Romanesque feature is the font.


Two holdings in Whitney were recorded in the Domesday Survey. The larger was of 4 hides, held by the church of St Guthlac in Hereford in 1066 and 1086, and by Harold from the church in 1086. The second, assessed at half a hide, was held by the King in 1086 and by Alweard in 1066. Both holdings were described as waste in both periods.





The font is dated 12thc or 13thc on a 14thc base by RCHME, the dating accepted by Brooks (2012), and that is probably as accurate as we can be. The list description prefers a probable 12thc date, but that seems a little over-committed to the present author.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 304.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 670-71.

Historic England Listed Building 150670

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 203.