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St Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire

(51°54′25″N, 2°32′16″W)
SO 631 233
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
17 June 2009

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Weston-under-Penyard is a village 2 miles SE of Ross-on-Wye, on either side of the A40 to Gloucester. The church is on the S side of the village, on the outskirts of Penyard Park; formerly a medieval forest and chase, and now a conservation area. St Lawrence's has a 13thc chancel with a S vestry, a nave with a N aisle and a 12thc arcade, N and S doorways and a W tower. The N doorway, under a brick and timber porch, is on the village side and is the main entrance to the church. Romanesque features recorded here are the N nave arcade with its figural label stops, and the N doorway with the reset corbel heads that flank it. The S doorway is completely plain and is not recorded.


Weston-under-Penyard was held by Gunnar in 1066, and by Bernard from Durand of Gloucester in 1086. His manor was assessed at 2 hides.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features



The forms of the arcade capitals indicate a date after the middle of the 12thc, perhaps 1170-80. Brooks and Pevsner (2012) call it late-12thc, and date the reset cobels in the N porch to the same period.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 660-61.

J. Duncumb, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Hereford. Vol. 3, 1882, 210-20.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 6769.

Historic England Listed Building 155522

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 316.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 208-12.