We use cookies to improve your experience, some are essential for the operation of this site.

St Bridget, Bridstow, Herefordshire

(51°55′15″N, 2°36′17″W)
SO 585 249
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter
16 June 2009

Please use this link to cite this page - https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=2600.

Find out how to cite the CRSBI website here.

Feature Sets

Bridstow is a small village in the ancient region of Archenfield, lying on the west bank of the river Wye, less than a mile from Ross-on-Wye. The village consists of little except the church. St Bridget’s was rebuilt by T. Nicholson in 1862, and consists of an aisled nave with no clerestory and four-bay arcades, a timber south porch, a chancel with a north chapel (now used as an organ room and vestry) and a west tower. The Victorian work incorporates earlier features, notably the 12thc upper parts of the chancel arch including capitals by theDymockSchool, and the 13thc north chapel.


Bridstow is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but according to Gethyn-Jones’s account it would appear to have been included in Cleeve, with its berewick called Wilton, held by the king.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The volute capitals are typical of the Dymock school, and Gethyn-Jones suggests that they are by the same sculptor as similar work at Kempley, and suggests a date of 1125-50. Pevsner (1963) notes that they are Norman, and Brooks and Pevsner (2012) call them late-12thc.


A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 128-29.

E. Gethyn-Jones, The Dymock School of Sculpture, London and Chichester 1979, 44-46, 71.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 4090

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 85.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 1: South-west, 1931, 28.