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St Giles, Downton on the Rock, Herefordshire

(52°21′10″N, 2°50′23″W)
Downton on the Rock
SO 429 731
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Ron Baxter
10 July 2012

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Feature Sets

Downton on the Rock is a small village on the W bank of the River Teme, on a hilly site in north Herefordshire, 5 miles W of Ludlow. Old St Giles, with which this report is concerned, was formerly the parish church and stands in the centre of the parish. In 1861 a new church was built at the N end of the parish, about a mile to the NE, and since then the old church has been allowed to fall into ruin. By the time it was recorded by the RCHME in the early 1930s it was already in a ruinous state, but a N doorway was described as 12thc that no longer survives. It is of local sandstone rubble and consists of a nave that is largely roofless but has both its gabled end walls. The side walls are largely fallen. The chancel is newly roofed and rendered. The only surviving 12thc feature is the chancel arch.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

A. Brooks and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. New Haven and London 2012, 205-06.

Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 1644.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 116.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 3: North-west, 1934, 44-45.