Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Lawrence's Church, Weston under Penyard (1) (31k) St Lawrence's Church, Weston under Penyard (2) (28k) St Lawrence's Church, Weston under Penyard (3) (48k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Lawrence's Church, Weston under Penyard
St Lawrence's Church,
off A40 - Car Park,
Weston under Penyard, 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 13th 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 Lawrence's church is on a steep bank, and the churchyard at the rear provides the best vantage point for a photograph. I don't have the head for heights to feel comfortable walking backwards trying to get the best view from the other side! Yes, ok, if I were walking backwards I wouldn't be looking at the drop below, but that's not the point...[1]

[Image 2] There was a delightful flower-fragrance inside the church on our visit. There are several Memorials on the walls, including to Thomas Merrick of Bollitree Castle, and I liked the Stained Glass (although Pevsner disagrees, saying it is too recent, or over-restored)[1]

[Image 3] Weston under Penyard enjoys the best of Herefordshire, but is overshadowed to the south by Penyard Park, which has an aura of the Forest of Dean. There is a convenient car park for the churchyard, off the A40 Ross to Gloucester road which passes through the village.

The North Porch is 14th-15th century according to Pevsner. Timber framed, but the sides appear to be criss-cross (herringbone) brickwork.[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 SO6313323227. 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 Weston under Penyard, 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 5 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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