St Dubricius

Situated alongside the the river Wye, this ancient church (more than 700 years old) has a variety of historical features.

Whitchurch, Herefordshire

Opening times

Open everyday.


Old Wharf Lane

The parish church of St Dubricius is one of the oldest in the Deanery of Ross and Archenfield. Although a list of incumbents dates back to 1289, there was a foundation on site in much earlier times.

The steps of the preaching cross, opposite the south pouch would have been used by friers who travelled up the Wye to preach. The cross, dates back to the 18th century. The church was built of timber first, then of stone. The main church dates back to the 15th century, it was extended and the north aisle was built in the 1860’s. This is when the pews could have been added, the pulpit renovated and other improvements carried out. At the turn of that century, some major repairs took place and the two stained glass window installed.

The tulip tree near the south porch is reputed to be over 300 years old, and blooms every year in June and July. A second tree was planted to commemorate the first priest.

The west side of the churchyard contains the Gwillim tomb. The Gwillims who owned the Old Court Whitchurch from 1600 to 1868 were benefactors of St Dubricius Church. In 1744 Thomas Gwillim built the family grave enclosure. An exhibition within the church highlights their story. Excellent examples of needlecraft produced by parishioners in the latter quarter of the 20th century, contribute to an overall impression of warmth and colour.

St Dubricius himself lived in Herefordshire in the 6th century and founded monasteries. He was also called St Devereux or St Dyfrig.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the tranquility of the church and the beautiful floral and fauna in its surroundings. Special features include the steps of the preaching cross, the font, and the tulip tree which is reputed to be over 300 years old and Gwillim enclose and exhibition.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

  • Community Grant, £10,000, 2010

  • Our Community Grants helped churches to install essential facilities such as toilets and kitchens.

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