St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne

This church incorporates some elements of its late-Saxon predecessor on this site. The present building can be traced back to early Norman times, and was possibly damaged by Welsh raiders in the 11th century. The church was extended to its current length in the late 12th century, when a self-standing tower was erected. Another enlargement followed in the 14th century, adding the existing nave and a south aisle which connected the tower to the rest of the building.

Further alterations were made at various times, and restoration works in the 19th century and 1920s had a major influence on what we see here today.

When the Church in Wales was disestablished in 1920, Presteigne remained in the Church of England – although the parish church is in Wales. Part of the parish lies over the border in Herefordshire.

Inside the church is a Flemish tapestry depicting Christ entering Jerusalem. Woven c.1510, it was given to the church in 1737.

Among the many interesting memorials in the church is that to Joseph Baker (you can see it in the Lady Chapel, high up on one of the walls). He was part of Captain Vancouver’s exploration of North America in the late 18th century, when he played the important role of map and chart maker. Mount Baker, in Washington State, is named after him. He settled in Presteigne, where he died in 1817.

In a recess in the north wall is an ornate 13th-century coffin lid. It’s thought to relate to a member of the once-powerful Mortimer family.

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Postcode: LD8 2BE

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