Withington, Herefordshire

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Withington
Herefordshire
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Withington War Memorial
Location
Grid reference: SO563431
Location: 52°5’6"N, 2°38’13"W
Data
Population: 1,588  (2011)
Post town: Hereford
Postcode: HR1
Dialling code: 01432
Local Government
Council: Herefordshire
Parliamentary
constituency:
North Herefordshire

Withington is a village in Herefordshire, about five miles north-east of Hereford.

History

One of the historical features of Withington is the Roman mile post on the Worcester road. The only thing that can still be read on it is "This is the road to Hereford"; it was part of a cross but was made into a milestone in 1700.

Withington also has a church a small primary school, and the Cross Keys pub. It is a small village surrounded by fields, but has a growing population with new houses being built.

Withington used to be home to the Meadow Market, a supermarket that serviced the local community, and it was later bought and renamed by the Normans Super-Warehouse chain. This became the northern most branch of Normans. The store closed in 1998 and became several smaller shops on the newly named Withington Retail estate. The site now stands as a housing estate.

Landmarks

Withington Church

The village church is dedicated to St Peter and has a tall, slender spire on a late 13th century tower.

There are Norman doorways to the nave and windows in Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles.[1] In the churchyard, north-east of the building, are the Commonwealth war graves of a Royal Fusiliers soldier of the First World War and a Royal Air Force airman and WAAF airwoman of the Second World War.[2]

Railway reopening

There are proposals for new stations on the Cotswold Line at Withington and Chipping Campden. A long-standing proposal for a new station at Worcester (Norton) Parkway where the line crosses the Birmingham and Bristol Railway has now substantial funding.

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References

  1. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Herefordshire, 1963; 2012 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-12575-7
  2. Cemetery report: Commonwealth War Graves Commission