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St Margaret of Antioch, Wellington, Herefordshire

(52°7′50″N, 2°44′10″W)
SO 497 483
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
05 September 2012

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Feature Sets

Wellington is a village 5 miles N of Hereford on the W side of the main A49 road linking Hereford and Leominster. The main village street follows the line of the Wellington Brook, a W-E tributary of the Lugg, and the church stands on its N side. It has a chancel, 12thc in origin; a 12thc nave with a 14thc S porch and a late-medieval N aisle, the E bay of whic is a transeptal chapel. The W tower is of c.1200 in its lower stages, but the tower arch is certainly 13thc, having a deeply chamfered pointed arch. The chancel was restored by Nicholson in 1883-84, and the tower by Bettington and Son in 1912. There is little here that can be called Romanesque sculpture. The N and S nave doorways and the S chancel doorway are recorded here.


A manor in Wellington was held by Thorkil White in 1066 and by Hugh l'Asne in 1086, and was assessed at 5 hides. The population listed are 9 villans, 8 bordars, a priest, a reeve, a smith and 4 radknights, as well as 20 slaves; a good-sized settlement with a church. Hugh had another holding in the villlage, assessed at half a hide, which Ralph held from him.

On Hugh's death the manor of Wellington passed to Robert de Chandos and it remained in the Chandos family until the death of Sir Thomas Chandos in 1375.


Exterior Features



The nave doorways are identical in design, being distinguished only by the number of orders. This type of plain quadrant moulded profile is typical of work around 1200 in the area.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 643-44.

Historic England Listed Building 154100

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 309-10.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 200-04.