Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Giles's Church, Edvin Loach (1) (20k) St Giles's Church, Edvin Loach (2) (52k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie
St Giles's Church, Edvin Loach
St Giles's Church,
track, between B4214/B4203,
Edvin Loach, Herefordshire.


This Church 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 1050, but we understand it was closed after 1858.

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 old Norman church dedicated to St Giles is now in ruins; this is however a copy of the photograph taken in about 1880, which is on display on the rear wall inside the present church. The short spire is not dissimilar, in my opinion to that of St Michael & All Angels Church at nearby Edvin Ralph, although interestingly the reproduction of a sketch of the church done in 1851 on the English Heritage display board by the entrance to the ruins shows both walls and tower as considerably higher. Typical Victorian romanticism, perhaps, since the camera of the 1880s cannot lie, although the surrounding hedge in this photograph may make it appear lower, and in both cases the roof has its distinct steep slope.[1]

[Image 2] Showing the ruined nave and tower of old St Giles's Church, which is just a short distance from the new St Mary's Church, built 1858-60, designed by George Gilbert Scott. The Old Church now in the care of English Heritage.

According to the church's guide leaflet, the old church dates from the mid-1000s - the herringbone masonry, visible on the wall on the right of the nave in this photograph being apparently a feature of late Saxon churches of the region. The tower was added in the 16th century, and probably at the Reformation, the church was rededicated to St Mary, which is also the dedication of the modern church which has replaced it.[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 was located at OS grid reference SO6627358433. 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 Edvin Loach, 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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