Herefordshire Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Foy (1) (42k) St Mary's Church, Foy (2) (34k) St Mary's Church, Foy (3) (46k) St Mary's Church, Foy (4) (35k) St Mary's Church, Foy (5) (57k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary's Church, Foy
St Mary's Church,
west bank of River Wye,
Foy, 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 14th 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] Prior to the Saxon invasion, this place was dedicated to Saint Moi, becoming ‘Lann Timoi’, later transmuting to ‘Foy’.[1]

According to Pevsner, the south porch (shown here) is early 14th century. There is a Perpendicular East window which is a deliberate copy of that at Sellack, by a mason in the 1640s acting for John ABRAHALL, who in 1640 made a bequest in his Will for ‘a fayre windowe contayning three lights and there place the same after the same manner as such a windowe is placed in the church of Sellack’.

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

[Image 2] Sadly, most of the older gravestones have suffered the ravages of erosion, and are no longer readable.[1]

[Image 3] The church is pleasant enough and its setting is enchanting, on a tall bank overlooking the River Wye a little to the south beyond the saturated meadows below the churchyard. You have to want to come here, as it stands at the far end of a huge river loop and you can go no further. The entrance is from the north, not via the porch on the south side where the views are to be had.[2]

[Image 4] Inside there is much of interest - a 17th century pulpit, a fancy screen of a similar age (heavily restored) which incorporates parts of an earlier loft with small carvings: my favourite is of a hedgehog or wild boar no more than five inches across.

In a cusped recess by the pulpit (presumably once an altar recess) is a small 13th century effigy. The glass in the east window is dated 1670. Come here - the setting alone repays, but the fascinating contents will detain the church enthusiast as well.[2]

[Image 5] This small (5-inch) carving is part of the 17th-century altar screen.[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 SO5979928343. 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 Foy, 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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