Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church, Staunton on Arrow (1) (32k) St Peter's Church, Staunton on Arrow (2) (29k) St Peter's Church, Staunton on Arrow (3) (27k) St Peter's Church, Staunton on Arrow (4) (56k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Peter's Church, Staunton on Arrow
St Peter's Church,
off Stansbatch/Pembridge Road,
Staunton on Arrow, Herefordshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded after 958, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] The sun was just beginning to break through for our arrival at Staunton on Arrow, on a previously gloomy day.

In AD 958, the estate of Staunton was granted by King Edgar to Ealthstan, one of his noblemen. Near to the church is the motte and bailey of a medieval castle, the church at one time being inside its perimeter. The river Arrow runs to the south west, whilst to the north of the village are the remains of the Iron Age fort at Wapley Hill.[1]

[Image 2] The present building of St Peter (according to Pevsner) dates from 1856, but the church site is much older, and the tiles of the floor appear to be old, too.[1]

[Image 3] This is one of two transeptal side chapels on an otherwise aisleless church. Here, on the south side, are monuments to the KING family of Staunton Park, and it appears to have been their private chapel, as it also contains a fireplace! Obviously this was the fashion in the neighbourhood, as the same arrangement may be seen at nearby Shobdon, and perhaps likewise here at Staunton on Arrow, the opposite north transept was for the servants.

Today this chapel also contains several displays relating to the history of the church, and a list of memorial inscriptions as transcribed by the Herefordshire Family History Society in 1991. There is also a graveyard plan, showing the location of each grave.[1]

[Image 4] This view of St Peter's Church is from the delightful Millennium Garden, attached to the churchyard.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO3700160056. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Staunton on Arrow, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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