St Margaret's Church Welsh Bicknor is one of my favourite places, initially visited
in 1974 whilst canoeing with the Youth Hostels, since then I have visited the setting
most years but it was not until 2009 that I obtained permission to borrow the key
and look inside. At that time -
Welsh Bicknor [97/85] 4 October, 1858
From Herefordshire Churches through Victorian eyes by Sir Stephen Glynne Picture
by Charles F Walker
(Logaston Press 2006)
A small church close to the Wye, of which the whole of the body has recently been
taken down and is being rebuilt. The tower remains untouched — is small and plain,
ending at the west end of the south aisle has a pointed tiled roof — is without buttresses
and has only slits for openings. The nave has a short south aisle stopped by the
tower — the new arches have marble shafts in the pier, as has the chancel arch.
The whole of the church, including the tower, was expensively rebuilt in 1858, the architect being TH. Rushforth of London.
Interestingly the watercolour by Charles Walker painted between 1849 and 1851 is the only image I know of the previous church, the size and shape are similar but note the different arrangement of the windows......
The next pages are a description of the church based on the report of the Council for the Care of Churches, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P3NZ