St Peter’s – Dixton

Daphne Smith

Dixton Church photo 1 winter Dixton


Correspondent: Daphne Smith


St. Peter’s Church, Dixton sits in a quiet spot on the
banks of the River Wye on the outskirts of
Monmouth. The present building dates back to the
11th Century but it is thought that people were
worshipping there long before that. It was originally
dedicated to St. Tadioc, an early Celtic saint, and later to St. Mary Magdalene before it became St. Peter’s.

It consists of a tower, nave and chancel with barrel vaulting and very thick stone walls. Inside there is a patch of exposed Saxon herringbone stonework on the north wall and there are brass markers on the chancel arch showing the depth of the floods. We only put up a marker if a flood is over 3 feet deep and the Church has been flooded many times. There is a Royal Arms of Queen Anne panel on the north wall and two panels showing the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments on the south wall. At the back there is a modern carved oak gallery, where the organ can be stored safe from the floods. In the porch there is a relief of St. Peter’s crucifixion upside down and opposite, a list of all the vicars since 1257 and children are always thrilled to see ‘William, an alien’. The reredos behind the altar was carved by Belgian refugees during WW1.

In the churchyard, the preaching cross is a listed monument and on the south wall there is a leper’s bench. There are a number of beautiful specimen trees.

Note: Unfortunately, the recent floods caused a lot of damage for a second time this winter so St Peters is drying out. There was incredible support from the community to help clean up and before long, this historic old church will be up and running again. On a lovely summer’s day, when the River Wye is where it should be and not filling up the nave, it is an idyllic place to visit and enjoy.

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A Walk around Dixton pdf

St Peter’s Dixton

Dixton Church Leaflet

The Wye Reaches Benefice