Foy, Herefordshire

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St Mary's church, Foy
Foy is located in Herefordshire
Foy shown within Herefordshire
Population 158 
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ross-on-Wye
Postcode district HR9
Dialling code 01989
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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HerefordshireCoordinates: 51°57′11″N 2°35′13″W / 51.953°N 2.587°W / 51.953; -2.587

Foy is a hamlet and parish in Herefordshire, England. By road, it is 7 kilometres (4 miles) north of Ross-on-Wye, 23 kilometres (14 miles) south east of Hereford and 27 kilometres (17 miles) south west of Ledbury. The hamlet lies in a loop of the River Wye with the nearest vehicle bridges at Ross and Hoarwithy.[1]

The church is dedicated to St Mary. The south porch dates from the early 14th-century and the tower is in the Decorated style.[2]

The civil parish of Foy includes Hole-in-the-Wall, and Old Gore and had a population in mid-2010 of 158.[3] Hole-in-the-Wall on the east bank of the River Wye is accessible by a footbridge, built in 1919 by David Rowell & Co.. It featured in the British television series Survivors, in an episode titled "Gone Away" (1975).[4]

The Herefordshire Trail and Wye Valley Walk long distance footpaths pass through Hole-in-the-Wall.[1]

When Peter Mandelson was introduced to the House of Lords, he was introduced as Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham. He had bought a cottage in the village in the mid 1980s and sold it in 1992. The Labour Party's red rose logo is said to have been inspired by a shrub in his garden there.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hereford and Ross-on-Wye (Explorer Maps) (A2 ed.), Ordnance Survey, 2009, ISBN 9780319240977 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1963). The Buildings of England - Herefordshire. Yale University Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-0300096095. 
  3. ^ "Mid-2010 Civil Parish SYOA population estimates for England and Wales" (xls). Office for National Statistics. 
  4. ^ "Terry Nation's Survivors", Wyenot News, 19 April 2005, viewed on 2007-05-10
  5. ^ Mine’s a double: Lord Peter Mandelson reveals full title, The Times 12 October 2008