Herefordshire Places of Worship

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Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Peter's Church, Withington
St Peter's Church,
NE of Village Green - Car Park,
Withington, 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 Peter's Church Spire is visible from a considerable distance, being sited - as are many churches in the area - on the higher ground of the village. Yet when I first drove past it from the top end of the village, I missed it as it is also shrouded in trees. It is nevertheless a lovely church, and well worth my persistence in retracing my steps.

The church itself, in spite of a very modern appearance, dates from the late 12th century. The Lych Gate, although restored, is later, and according to the history displayed inside the church, dates from the 16th century.[1]

[Image 2] An account of the its history inside the church tells us that nave and chancel were built in the late 12th century - “the evidence being in the thickness of the walls and the 12th century doorways”. The windows were later additions, being added during the 13th century.

Decorations for the forthcoming Harvest Festival can be seen on the top of the Font, in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph, including what appears to be a purple cauliflower, and a succulent-looking marrow.[1]

[Image 3] Looking towards the west (tower) end of the church.[1]

[Image 4] The Font, with its decorations for the Harvst Festival, including a purple cauliflower![1]

[Image 5] The Rood Screen here is decorated with hops for the Harvest Festival - it was added to the church during the 15th century.

This view is from the Chancel. The pulpit is on the other side of the screen; beside it is a piscina of late 13th century, and a rather larger recess (just visible in this photograph) of the same date. The guide leaflet doesn't suggest what it might have been used for, but I wondered if it may have contained a statue, or a memorial.[1]

[Image 6] There is a brass tablet to William Saxeye (1612) on the north wall of the Chancel. He was Chief Justice in Ireland during the reign of Elizabeth I. The Chancel (which dates, like the rest of the church, from the 12th century) also contains some Jacobean chairs (dating from 1626 onwards), and a 17th century Communion Table.

The account of the church history doesn't suggest whether the arches behind the altar served any purpose - perhaps they may have contained statues.

The Inscription on the brass (on the wall on the left of this photo, but not visible) reads:

Here Lyeth the Bodye of William
SAXEYE Esqvier Ivstice of Peace &
Coram in this Covnty of Hereford
He was Cheefe Ivstice of ye Province
of Mvnster in Irland for ye space
of XV or XVI yeares He was
borne at Bristoll and died at
Little Thingill the VIIth of Febrvary
in the yere of ovr Lord God 1612.[1]

[Image 7] The Tower and this lovely, delicate Spire were added to the church in the 14th century. It is a long, aisleless church, which somehow emphasises its height.[1]

[Image 8] The steps and base of the Churchyard Cross are of the 14th or 15th century, but the cross and its plinth are relatively modern - the inscription on the plinth (which is difficult to make out as it is very weathered) appears to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.[1]

[Image 9] The Inscriptions on the Memorials read:

In Reverence, Love and Gratitude for the self- sacrifice and devotion of the Men from this Parish who nobly laid down their Lives at the call of God for the cause of Truth and Righteousness in the Great War A.D. 1914-1919 and to perpetuate their Memory Parents and Parishioners have erected this tablet A.D. 1919.
Thomas W. ABBOTT2nd Lt. R.F.CJames PHILLIPSPte. K.S.L.I.
William CORBETTPte. R.W.F.William REYNOLDS Rflmn. K.R.R.C.
Thomas ELSMOREA.B. HMS DefenceAlbert W. SCANDRETTA.B. HMS Queen Mary
A. Jack HALLCorp. K.S.L.I.Philip WILLIAMSPte. K.S.L.I.
George L. LANEA.B. HMS Queen MaryWilliam C. WILLIAMSPte. Herefords
H. John MASONRflmn. K.R.R.C.Haywood W. YEOMANSCapt. Herefords
Wm. Ernest MAUCANCadet O.T.Corpsattached M.G.C.
Cuthbert NAPPERPte. 15th HussarsWalter J.G. YEOMANS2nd Lt. 5th K.S.L.I.
“I am the resurrection and the life” S.John 11.
“Thy Son Liveth” S.John 4. “Thy Brother shall rise again” S.John 11.


Also sacred to the memory of the Fallen
of this Parish in the War A.D. 1939-1945
Charles E. PILLINERPte. R.A.S.C.Mark TAYLOR-LOWENPte. S.Staffs
Wilfred H. PILLINERSgt. Cldstrm GuardsJohn F. WILKESPte. R.A.O.C.
Charles W. PRICETrp. S.A.S. Regt.Douglas G. WRAGGDriver R.A.S.C.


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 SO5656243479. 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 Withington, 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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