Whitchurch and Ganarew Neighbourhood Plan


Photograph of St Swithins Church


St Swithins Church


Ganarew is a small village and civil parish adjacent to the parish and village of Whitchurch in South Herefordshire.  The village is about 3 miles from Monmouth and 8 miles from Ross-on-Wye.

The name Gana-rhiw, now Ganarew, may derive from the Briton “Gan”, from genau, meaning “a mouth or opening off a pass”, “Rhiw” is the Welsh word for a hill.  Contained within the parish is the adjacent small settlement of Little Doward, a hill of historical repute in that it contains an Iron Age fortified settlement.

The parish church of St Swithin is within the Church of England Diocese of Hereford and is a grade 2 listed building.  Ganarew Manor, adjacent to the church is also a grade 2 listed building.

The parish together with that of Whitchurch, forms a group parish.



Photograph of Little Doward from St Swithins Church


View of Little Doward from St Swithins Church


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