Church of St Swithin, Ganarew

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Church of St Swithin, Ganarew
Bannerman family memorial

The Church of St Swithin is a parish church in Ganarew, south Herefordshire, England. The parish church is dedicated to St Swithin,[1] although the 1868 National Gazetteer notes a dedication to St Luke. The parish is within the Church of England Diocese of Hereford, and the church is a Grade II listed building.[2]


Giles Rawlines served as rector in 1624.[3] Tamalanc, a son of Brychan, may be the same person as Tiuinauc (or Tywinauc or Tywannog), a patron saint connected with the Church of St Swithin's history.[4] The church was rebuilt[5] in about 1850 by John Prichard, a noted church builder and restorer of the Victorian period. The church required the expensive restoration because of the failing foundations.[6]

Architecture and fittings[edit]

The church, of English Gothic architectural style, is described by Pevsner as Middle Pointed or Decorated Period.[7] The building is of coursed sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings and has a decorative tiled roof with bands of fishscale tiles.The nave, south porch, chancel and north vestry, are in the Decorated style.[8] The nave has two square-headed windows with hoodmoulds. They have cusped ogee-headed lights and spandrels. A square-set bellcote is partly supported by a central buttress at the west end and has similar cusped ogee-headed openings in square surrounds and spirelet with decorative lucarnes, and three-cusped ogee-headed lancets in the chancel.[8]

The church interior has a decorative arch-braced roof with moulded members and cusped wind-braces. There is a mock sepulcural recess in the north wall of the chancel with cusping and crocket ornament.[9] The reredos forms the village war memorial, a sculpture in white marble featuring the figure of Christ accompanied by two angels.[10]


The graveyard contains a Gothic pinnacle[7] memorial to the Bannerman family who lived nearby at Wyastone Leys. The medieval churchyard cross is a scheduled ancient monument.[11] There is also a war grave of a Royal Engineers soldier of World War I.[12]


  1. ^ "Ganarew: St Swithin, Ganarew" at
  2. ^ "Church of St Swithin, Ganarew" at
  3. ^ University of Oxford; Foster, Joseph (1891). Alumni Oxonienses: L-R (Public domain ed.). Parker and Co. pp. 1235–. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Orme, Nicholas (9 March 2000). The saints of Cornwall. Oxford University Press. pp. 242–. ISBN 978-0-19-820765-8. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England); Crawford, David Lindsay (1934). An inventory of the historical monuments in Herefordshire. H. M. Stationery off., printed by William Clowes & sons, ltd. p. 96. Retrieved 25 March 2012. Parish Church of St. Swithin, was entirely rebuilt in 1850... 
  6. ^ Freer, Richard Lane (1863). Charges delivered to the clergy of the archdeaconry of Hereford (Public domain ed.). J. Head. pp. 140–. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1963). Herefordshire. Yale University Press. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-14-071025-0. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1099453)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (3 July 1985). "Church of St Swithin - Ganarew - Herefordshire - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Remembering The Great War" by Ray Westlake, November 2001, at
  11. ^ "Churchyard Cross in St Swithin's Churchyard". Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  12. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.

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Coordinates: 51°50′37″N 2°41′04″W / 51.84356°N 2.68442°W / 51.84356; -2.68442