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Gallery: Churches of Herefordshire

by Peter Kessler, 28 January 2020

Herefordshire Part 1: Churches of Woolhope

St George's Church, Woolhope, Herefordshire

St George's Church, Woolhope, stands at the northern head of a long footpath leading off the main street, running parallel with Martins Close to its west. The structure is largely Norman, built in the second half of the 1100s (during the reigns of William of Normandy and son, William Rufus). The tower of the 1200s commands the valley which is named after Wulviva who, with her more famous sister Godiva of Mercia, gave the land to the dean and chapter of Hereford.

St George's Church, Woolhope, Herefordshire

The Norman work is seen in the north arcade, a window in the sanctuary, and a carved head under the tower. The church underwent restoration work in 1848, but much of the present fabric, internal woodwork, and fittings date from a more major restoration in 1883 by Henry Woodyer under the benefaction of the Booker family of Wessington Court. The south porch was added at the same time. The organ by William Vincent of Liverpool (1862) is classed as being particularly fine.

All photos on this page originally published on Lynne's 'Echoes of the Past' blog and reproduced here with permission. Additional information from 'Echoes of the Past'.

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