Herefordshire Places of Worship

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St Catherine's Church, Hoarwithy
St Catherine's Church,
off A49, opposite Bridge,
Hoarwithy, 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 1870, 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] Swallows were swooping in and out of the bell tower on this delightful church on the day of our visit.[1]

[Image 2] St Catherine's church was designed by J.P. Seddon for William POOLE, Vicar of Hentland, in 1870. French and Italian architecture influenced his design. The Cathedral of Le Puy in France provided inspiration for the interior; the mosaics were copied from Saint Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, and The Cloister is similar that of Lyons Cathedral. The Pulpit is similar in shape to that of Fiesole Cathedral near Florence.

Local heroes are however not forgotten! Figures on the Choir Stalls represent British Saints of the period - St Weonard, St David, St Cynog and St Tysilio - panels on the end of the stalls depicting scenes from the life of St Dubricus, patron said of the Mother Church of Hentland.[1]

[Image 3] This Cloister (on the south side of the church) is similar to that of Lyons Cathedral in France. It overlooks the Graveyard with its Monkey Puzzle tree.[1]

[Image 4] The four pillars supporting the domed ceiling are of French and Cornish marble, resting on a solid base of green marble.

The altar is white marble inlaid with Lapis Lazuli. Its central cross is of Tiger-Eye.[1]

[Image 5] Looking towards the west end of the church, the smallest stained glass window in the apex is the “Angel of Doom”, by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Below it are stained glass lights representing the Archangels, whilst those on the lowest level represent Prophets of the Old Testament.

The hanging lamps were made in Italy, purchased via an Italian Exhibition in London. They are copies of ones in St Mark's Cathedral in Venice, and were intended originally to have wicks floating in oil, but were later ‘upgraded’ to use paraffin.[1]

[Image 6] The five stained glass windows in the apse are a memorial to William POOLE, Vicar of the parish, who inspired the building of this church. They were designed by architect Seddon, and installed by John Gunter.

The central window has a figure of Christ - “Lux Mundi” (Light of the World), and He is flanked by Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.[1]

[Image 7] Here is a “Monkey Puzzle” tree. Monkey Puzzles belong to an era. They were introduced to Britain during Victorian times, and were planted as tiny shrubs as the decorative centrepiece in a formal garden. They were not expected to grow so big - becoming variously a joke, or an embarrassment!? However I think they look rather elegant and attractive![1]

[Image 8] The War Memorial is on the south wall of the nave, and may be seen on the left of the accompanying photo of the Interior of St Catherine's Church (facing west).[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 SO5457829396. 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 Hoarwithy, 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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