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St Lawrence, Preston-on-Wye, Herefordshire

(52°4′38″N, 2°54′0″W)
SO 384 425
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
04 September 2012

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Preston-on-Wye is a village in the Wye valley, 8 miles W of Hereford. The village is on the S side of the river, with the church a half mile N of the modern centre, close to the river. St Lawrence’s church was drastically restored by T. Nicholson in 1883, and consists of a long chancel with a N vestry, an aisleless nave with no chancel arch, a N transept used as a store-room, a S porch and a W tower. Romanesque work is found in a lancet at the W end of the N nave wall, the N and S nave doorways and the font.


Preston-on-Wye was held by the canons of Hereford cathedral before the Conquest and in 1086. It was assessed at 6 hides, with woodland a league long andhalf a league broad, and a mill. 2 clerks held 2½ hides of this land, and 1 hide of it was waste in 1086. It was all waste in 1066.


Exterior Features





Pevsner ignores the font, Brooks calls it neo-Norman, of 1883. RCHME calls it a modern bowl on an old cylindrical stem, retooled. The SMR offers the opinion that as the church must once have had a Norman font, the stem belonged to that.

The S doorway with its trumpet capitals must date from c.1170-90, but is heavily restored. The original form of the N doorway is unclear.


Historic England Listed Building 150012.

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 558.

G. Marshall, “Fonts in Herefordshire”, Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, II (1950), 52.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 273.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 218-220.