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Hoarwithy - St Catherines

Unusual church in an ornate Italianate style in the heart of rural Herefordshire.

History and Heritage in or near Ross-on-Wye


The attractive village of Hoarwithy is dominated by the remarkable Italianate Church of St Catherine. The original church, built in 1840 by Reverend Thomas Hutchinson, was a simple rectangular stone structure.  When William Poole became vicar in 1854 he was not impressed and decided to beautify it using sandstone in a Romanesque style. 

The church has since been used in many films and is an unusual, eye catching landmark.

Simon Jenkins considers the church; "a complete work of revivalist art, rare for its date, an astonishing creation."


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O/S Ref: SO 545294

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  • Ross-on-Wye