Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Bridget's Church, Bridstow (1) (40k) St Bridget's Church, Bridstow (2) (47k) St Bridget's Church, Bridstow (3) (48k) St Bridget's Church, Bridstow (4) (39k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie/Phil Draper
St Bridget's Church, Bridstow
St Bridget's Church,
off A40,
Bridstow, 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 Bridget's church tower is original Perpendicular, but the remainder externally was rebuilt by T Nicholson in 1862. Inside however is a Norman chancel arch, and Early English north chapel. There appears to be the base of a former cross in the churchyard, but this is not mentioned by Pevsner.[1]

[Image 2] View from the road. Bridstow is a short distance from the Wilton roundabout, where the A49 meets the Ross on Wye bypass.

Bridstow was better known as ‘Lann San Freit’ (or Lann San Bregit) before the arrival of the Saxons, in whose language it became translated as ‘Holy place of St Bride’.[1]

The LOWV study encompasses 12 parishes, which make up the northern part of the Wye Valley between Fownhope and Bridstow. There is a display inside St Bridget's church illustrating the extent of the study, which includes a list of the holy places in the area before the arrival of the Saxons, with their respective place-names in Welsh.

Lann Badgual (Carey)
Hennlan Super Gui (Llanfrother) Lann Timoi (Foy)
Henlann dibric et lann teilau (Hentland) Lann Suluc (Sellack)
Lann Mihacgel Cil Luch (Gillow) Lann San Freit (Bridstow)
Lann Petyr (Peterstow)

[1] Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley (LOWV).[1]

[Image 3] It would be nice to think this is perhaps a reproduction of a Celtic Cross which used to be in the churchyard! Unfortunately the inscription is not readable.[1]

[Image 4] Apart from the tower, this church looks entirely rebuilt, but it is on a grand scale, especially for somewhere with so few residents. Four-bayed nave and aisles and chancel with north chapel/organ/vestry. The surprise inside is the large and ornate Norman chancel arch, and a strange shrine in a recess on the north side of the sanctuary. Sadly a credence shelf is fitted immediately above making appreciation of the carving on the top very difficult.[2]


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 SO5845424826. 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 Bridstow, 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.

2. Information provided by Phil Draper.

Information last updated on 4 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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