Richard Waring gave the most substantial donation of £200
A unique Georgian board dating from 1803, listing in alphabetical order the donors, their residencies and the amount they gave towards the building of the Church. Richard Waring, the vicar of Preston Wynne, gave the most substantial donation of £200, unique amongst the Herefordshire clergy of his time for his generosity. One name of wider historic and artistic significance is that of Uvedale Price of Foxley who gave one guinea.
One name of wider historic and artistic significance is that of Uvedale Price of Foxley
Price was the author of “Essay on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime and the Beautiful”, published in 1794. This text was influential on “aesthetic” taste and a reaction against the formality exemplified by Capability Brown. Price influenced the taste of Sir George Beaumont, the great collector, who made the first bequest of paintings to the National Gallery.
Unusually for an object of this type the Board is embellished with a painting of the church
showing the original larger arched windows and lacking the buttresses of the South wall, providing an eye witness record of the earlier architecture. The Historic England listing refers to the painter as “Wick of Hereford”. The board was renovated by Ruth Bubb (Conservation Ltd) in 2019 with the generous support of Church Care, The Pilgrim Trust, The Leche Trust and The Heritage Lottery Fund.