Staunton on Wye

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Staunton on Wye is a relatively unpopulated civil parish in West Herefordshire, which is perhaps one of the most uninhabited locations of England. The parish of Staunton, which includes Moorhampton and Bredwardine, is a key player in trading in Herefordshire. The population of this parish taken at the 2011 census was 213. Recently, the village has become a growth area for various forms of development, unfortunately several developments have actively sort to undermine local planning rules and neighbourhood development frameworks, which has tarnished the reputation of the village to some extent.


Staunton was inhabited until 1089 AD. The parish church dates from around 1190–1200, when King Richard I was on crusades, and several of Herefordshire's other churches are thought to have been founded. The nave has round-headed doorways with a small lancet. Some of the windows date from 14th century. The west tower has a pyramidal roof constructed in about 1300 to which oak panelling was added in 17th century. The church was burgled in 1992 when six invaluable medallions from the Reformation were stolen. Two bay arcades remain from the demolished north transept which was a chapel. Modernisation has replaced the windows in the 18th century chancel. The village itself is fairly unusual as it has huge Victorian mansions within it. Within the medieval parish there is a small school and the grade I listed church of St Mary.Located nearby is a nature area known as The Scar, situated on the banks of the River Wye. Included is a sheer 100 feet drop net to the river. The Scar is considered dangerous to children. There was a small station in the early 1900s consisting of staff who would warn the major towns and cities downstream of the impending flood waters of the large River Wye. Staunton has historically been a village notorious for harbouring a shallow gene pool. This stereotype is likely to be because of an unintended after effect from the monetary legacy of G.Jarvis who bequeathed a large amount of money to the area in the 1800s. It is understood that families married close relatives in order to prevent the wealth from flowing out of the village. Still to this day, despite improvement in social mobility, it is not uncommon to find members of the village who are particularly closely related to one another.
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