Norman. Their inadequacy was presumably the reason for the rather large and clumsy gothic window in the newer part of the nave. The north tower dates from only 1790 and the pretty timber south porch from 1875.
So far, so unexceptional. Of much more interest is the blocked north door which has a heavily decorated lintel. The belief is that this is c12 and hence later than the nave itself. The south door also has a decorated lintel, also thought to be a later insertion. The church is within the geographical precincts of the renowned Herefordshire School Of Romanesque Sculpture but those that are experts on that do not regard Bredwardine as belonging within it artistically.
There are two effigies of mediaeval knights. The finest is believed to be Sir Robert Vaughan who was killed at Agincourt defending Henry V. The other is believed to be Walter Baskerville who died in 1369. What is interesting about this is that the very unlovable Ralph de Baskerville (1135-1194) was a patron of the Herefordshire School at Eardisley and at Stretton Sugwas. For more about him see my page on Eardisley. Bredwardine with its now-disappeared motte and bailey castle passed to the Baskervilles in the early c13. So there is a connection. More interesting still, however, is that a slab inset into one of the windows of Eardisley Church has very similar decoration to the lintel of the south door at Bredwardine Church. Where did that slab come from? It was surely a fragment of the church that was redundant when Eardisley acquired a south aisle in 1200.
So let’s sum all that up. Eardisley’s south door (at least) would have become redundant in around 1200. A fragment looking very like the Bredwardine lintels in set into a window in Eardisley Church. The de Baskervilles acquired Bredwardine at around 1200 and everyone believes that the lintels at Bredwardine post-date its original Norman doors. The two places are four miles apart. Does that rather sound to you as if these lintels came up the road from Eardisley to Bredwardine? Yes, it does to me too! Bredwardine may not be within the Herefordshire School but I’m pretty sure it carved the door lintels!