Church of St Andrew, Wolferlow
Description: Church of St Andrew
Date Listed: 9 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 412009
OS Grid Reference: SO6686561723
OS Grid Coordinates: 366865, 261723
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2527, -2.4868
Location: Wolferlow, County of Herefordshire HR7 4QA
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09-JUN-67 Church of St Andrew
Church. C12. Late medieval timber base to bell tower probably inserted in the C17. Restored in 1863 by F. R. Kempson and in 1890-94 when the chancel, south porch, south side of the nave, and upper parts of the bell turret were rebuilt and the north-east vestry added.
MATERIALS: The north side is constructed of stone rubble with evidence of many phases of rebuilding. The chancel and south side of the nave are constructed of bands of red and grey sandstone with Bath stone detailing. The roof is covered in horizontal bands of red and blue tiles with a red section to the west end of the nave. Timber-framed bell turret with rendered infill and shingled broach spire.
PLAN: Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch, north-east vestry.
EXTERIOR: Unbuttressed chancel with a stained glass triple lancet east window, possibly by Ward & Hughes. There are two lancet windows in the south wall. The north side of the nave retains a large blocked C12 doorway with imposts and shaft with cushion capitals and saltire cross decoration to the outer band of the round arch. There are three trefoil-headed one-light windows to both the north and the south sides of the nave. To the south side is a gabled porch with a moulded arch on stone corbels to the outer doorway. The inner doorway is C12 and has a roll-moulded round arch with saltire cross decoration to the outer band. The doorway is partially infilled to a segmental cambered arch on imposts. The west tower appears to be wholly late C19 with a tiled lean-to on the west face which has a window of two trefoil-headed lights.
INTERIOR: The chancel has a braced collar-rafter roof with upright struts from the wall plate to the rafter. The roof to the nave is of the same construction with the addition of tie beams. The base of the bell tower is timber framed. The round chancel arch is C12 but it has been heavily restored, and to either side and above is painted text. To the chancel is a stone reredos consisting of two arcades of recessed cusped arches with marble pillars and foliate capitals. To the north side of the chancel within a recess is a C13 stone effigy of a woman with her head supported by two angels and a dog resting at her feet. There are also a number of C18 and C19 memorial tablets. The pitch pine pews have chamfered ends. The polygonal timber pulpit on a stone base has decorated sides: blind cusped arches, with foliate and acorn carving to the spandrels. A large C19 stone font with a quatrefoil bowl on a semi-circular stem.
SOURCES: Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire (2003) 324; Council for the Care of Churches, Pastoral Measure Report: Wolferlow St Andrew (2005)
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The Church of St Andrew is designated at Grade II* for the following principal reasons:
* The church retains a significant portion of its C12 fabric including its doorways and chancel arch
* The fixtures and fittings include a C13 stone effigy of exceptional quality and a number of C18 memorial tablets
* The high quality of the C19 fixtures and fittings with good detailing, in particular the reredos all contribute to its claims to more than special interest
Listing NGR: SO6686461722
Source: English Heritage
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