Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Bartholomew's Church, Westhide (1) (39k) St Bartholomew's Church, Westhide (2) (36k) St Bartholomew's Church, Westhide (3) (45k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Bartholomew's Church, Westhide
St Bartholomew's Church,
between A4103 & A417,
Westhide, 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 in the 12th century, 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] St Bartholomew's is a stark contrast to its neighbour, St Peter's Church, at Withington. The immediate impression is of a much older church, yet the structure of both is contemporary, being late Norman.[1]

[Image 2] The tower is late 12th century - note the narrow windows, which (one imagines) might have dualled as arrow-slits, if - in common with a lot of other Herefordshire church towers - it was a refuge for the villagers during the Welsh Border disputes.

Slits are also echoed on the sides of the porch - but no more than an attractive decoration, as the porch is a relatively new (19th century) addition.[1]

[Image 3] My first impression of the porch was that it was old, but it is in fact a 19th century addition.[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 SO5862144187. 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 Westhide, 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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