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St Mary, Welsh Newton, Herefordshire

(51°51′33″N, 2°43′38″W)
Welsh Newton
SO 500 181
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Ron Baxter
01 November 2017

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Welsh Newton is a village in the S of the county, a mile from the Welsh border. The closest towns are Monmouth, 3 miles to the S, and Ross-on-Wye, 7 miles to the NE. The Mally Brook, a tributary of the Wye, runs through the village. Welsh Newton is on the A466 road from Hereford to Monmouth, with the church at the village centre. St Mary's has a 13thc nave and chancel in one, separated internally by a 3-bay stone screen decorated with ballflower and dateable c.1330. There is a slender W tower with a small broach spire at the W end, and a S porch of the 14thc. The only Romanesque feature here is the font.


Welsh Newton is not recorded by name in the Domesday Survey. The church was held by the Kinights Templar until 1312, when it passed to the Knights Hospitaller.





RCHME notes that the font is of the 12thc or earlier, but that there are no structural features of that period.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 649-50.

Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 421105

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

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 249-53.