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St Peter and St Paul, Weobley, Herefordshire

(52°9′46″N, 2°52′37″W)
SO 401 520
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
04 September 2012

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Feature Sets

Weobley is a village in W Herefordshire, 9 miles NW of Hereford. The village boasts a high proportion of timber-framed houses and is now a tourist centre. The church is appropriate to Weobley’s former status as a market town, and stands at the N edge of the village. It consists of a long, broad 13thc chancel with a N vestry, an aisled nave with 5-bay arcades, a 14thc S porch, and a tower with an octagonal spire at the NW angle of the nave. The S aisle is 13thc, and its E bay is gabled. The tower dates from the 14thc and was originally detached. The N aisle was added in the 15thc, and incorporated a 14thc N transept. The only Romanesque feature is the reset S doorway.


Weobley was held by Eadwig Cild before the Conquest, and by Roger de Lacy in 1086. It was assessed at 3½ hides and had woodland half a league long amd four furlongs broad. Its Domesday population of 10 villans, a priest, a reeve, a smith, 5 bordars and 11 slaves indicates a thriving settlement of perhaps 150 in all, and certainly the presence of a church at that date.

It had borough status by 1255, and a market and a fair from an early date. The fair was recorded in 1231, held at the manor by Walter de Lacy.


Exterior Features



The RCHME calls the doorway late-12thc, which is accepted here. It is difficult to be more precise.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 651-52.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6911

Historic England Listed Building 149911

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 311-12.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 192-203 (with church plan).