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St Mary's church
Grid reference: SO415545
Location: 52°11’10"N, 2°51’22"W
Population: 711  (2011)
Post town: Hereford
Postcode: HR4
Dialling code: 01544
Local Government
Council: Herefordshire
North Herefordshire

Dilwyn is a village in Herefordshire, about eleven miles from the city of Hereford and five and a half miles from its nearest town, Leominster, both in Herefordshire. The village stands on the northern edge of a broad valley that stretches from the River Wye through to Leominster. Running through the valley, south of the village, is the Stretford Brook whilst to the north are the rivers Arrow and Lugg.

Dilwyn's civil parish includes the hamlets of Sollers Dilwyn, Little Dilwyn, The Haven, Hill Top, The Hurst, Headland, Bearton, Bidney, Henwood, Stockmoor and Stockingfield amongst others. There are over 200 dwellings spread throughout the 6,400 acres of the parish. The population in 2001 was 758.


The 12th-century village church of St Mary is a grade I listed building. It was realigned from the original Norman setting, the south arcade surviving with buttresses in the southern part of the old nave.

The chancel contains unique example of ballflowers decoration in the chancel, and with the north transept dates from 1310-30. The rood and parclose screens are also mediæval. The foliated crosses on coffin lids in the south aisle are mediæval with 14th century tiles. The south porch in 16th century. The only surviving effigy is one of a knight from circa 1320. There is a damaged cement or composition of a kneeling couple from the late 15th century under canopies; the damage is modern.[1] The churchyard contains Commonwealth war graves of a Royal Navy seaman and a Royal Garrison Artillery soldier of the Great War.[2]

Cottages in Dilwyn

Dilwyn is in the popular tourist area of north-west Herefordshire and is on the black and white village trail. The village, the surrounding area and the market towns of Leominster and Kington are well known for their black and white timber-framed buildings. Dilwyn itself has many black and white half-timbered houses, both within the central village and scattered throughout the many hamlets within the extensive area of this rural parish.

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  1. "Church of St Mary, Dilwyn". British Listed Buildings. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-149798-church-of-st-mary-dilwyn-. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. [1] CWGC Cemetery report, details from casualty record.