Bromyard, Herefordshire - Kelly's Directory, 1858


Extract from Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1858

Transcription by Richard Lane © 2002


BROMYARD is a market town, polling place, and Union town, 14 miles south-west from Worcester, 14 north-east from Hereford, 12 east from Leominster, 12 south from Tenbury, 13 north from Ledbury, and 125 north-west-by-west from London; it is in Bromyard district, Broxash Hundred, Union of its name, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric. It is a parish, and consists of the townships of NORTON with BROCKHAMPTON, LINTON, and Winslow. The population, in 1851 was 3,093; and the acreage was 8,611. It is situated on the Hereford and Worcester turnpike road, near to the River Frome, and consists of several irregular streets; the districts around abounding with orchards, and the surrounding country diversified by hill and dale. The magistrates' sittings are held at Dumbleton Hall, Church Street, every Monday, as also the Savings Bank meetings. The Board of Guardians meet every Monday at the Union House, which is situate in the township of linton, 1 mile from the town, and embraces 33 parishes; it will accommodate about 160 persons. The Manor Courts are held quarterly, and the County Court monthly, at the Falcon Hotel. The church of St. Peter, an ancient building, in the Norman and early English style of architecture, is a large and venerable stone structure, standing on an eminence, with square tower containing six bells and a clock.. The interior has been recently repaired and beautified (the pews, organ-loft, and gallery, which will accommodate 1,100 persons, having been stained and varnished), and consists of nave, aisles, chancel, a fine-toned organ, and a small painted window to the memory of the wife of the late vicar; the chancel also contains several mural marble monuments and tablets. The living is vicarage, worth £600 yearly, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Worcester. There are Chapels for the Independents and the Primitive Methodists. The Free Grammar School, in Church Street, a stone building, was founded and endowed by Queen Elizabeth, and subsequently augmented by Alderman Perryns, a member of the Goldsmith's Company. In 1850 the original endowments were munificently increased by this company, and a competent master appointed by them. There is also a British School for boys, with an average attendance of 80, and an Endowed School for girls. The Town is chiefly agricultural, a small trade being done in malting and tanning. The population of the township, in 1851, was 1,396; and the acreage is 261. The Bishop of Hereford is lord of the manor. The market day is Monday, and the principle fairs are held on the 25th March, 3rd May, 24th October, and the second Monday in December. The Town is lighted with gas. About 4 miles distant, situated on WALLS HILL, is an old Roman encampment in a very excellent state of preservation.

   About 2 miles north-east, is Saltmarsh Castle, the residence of Edmund Higginson, Esq., a noble and splendid edifice, having been renovated from time to time by its present occupier at an enormous expense to a more modern style of architecture, with towers and battlements. A portion of the old castle remains in its primitive state. Buckenhill House, the residence of W. H. Porritt, Esq., is delightfully situated about 1½ miles north-east from the town, and commands a most beautiful view of the country around. About 2½ miles south-east, and adjoining the same is a private chapelry, endowed by the proprietors of Brockhampton House. Here is an infant school for boys and girls. The Bishop of Hereford is lord of the manor; and E. Higginson, Esq., R. B. Phillips, Esq., and the representatives of the late John Barneby, Esq., are the chief landowners. The soil is clayey and loamy. The population in 1851, was 528, and the acreage is 1,708. The chief crops are wheat, barley, and beans. Saltmarsh Castle, Down House, Bank House, Staples, Three Mills, The Rhea, Newbarnes, New House, Little Bridge, Brockhill, Home House, Crumplebury, The Grove, and the Warren, are places here.

   LINTON is 3 miles south from Bromyard. Clater Park is delightfully situated, about 2 miles from the Town, closely adjoining the turnpike road leading from Bromyard to Worcester, and commands an extensive and picturesque view of the Ankerdine Hills and the River Teme with its beautiful windings for several miles. R. B. Phillips, Esq., is lord of the manor, and William Barneby, Esq., and John Freeman, Esq., are the chief landowners. The soil is clayey and loamy. The population in 1851 was 587, and the acreage is 2,430. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans, peas, and hops. Clater Park, Pool Hall. Down House, Fearsett, The Scar, Linley Green, Walshcroft, Bringstye Common, Bedlam, Southington, Burley, Cider House, Orchards, Deabley, Downside, Hodghatch, Streamhall, Grundys, and Ashmonten are farms. Burley was occupied by the Romans.

   WINSLOW is 2 miles west. The chief crops are wheat, beans, barley, and hops. The population, in 1851, was 491, and the acreage is 3,106.

   POST OFFICE. - John Bennett, postmaster. Croxwell Street. Night mail arrives daily from Worcester at 7 a.m.; despatched 9 minutes to 6 p.m.; box closes at 5 p.m. Letters may be posted until 20 minutes to 6 p.m. with an additional stamp. Day mail arrives from Worcester at 20 minutes past 5 p.m.; despatched the following morning at 10 a.m. Money Orders are granted and paid at this office.

National Provincial Bank of England, open from 10 to 2, (draw on Spooner and Co.), M. W. Osborn, Manager Savings Bank, open every Monday from 12 to 2; James Eckley, Esq., treasurer; John Oakley, actuary
Albion Life, John Bennett Provincial Fire and Life, Mrs. M. A. E. Cullum
British Protection Mutual Life, Joseph Miller Royal Exchange Fire, Thomas Watkins
Medical, Invalid, and General Life, W. Wilkes Royal Farmers and General Fire, Life and Hail, J. G. Devereux
National Guardian Life and Fire, Joseph Welch Scottish Equitable Life, M. W. Osborn
Norwich Union Fire and Life, J. and F. Oakley Sun Fire and Life, J. W. Williams
Phœnix Fire, Edward Grubb, senr. Wesleyan Provident, R. Marley
Bromyard Union House, Linton, Francis Brilsford, Master; Mrs. Elizabeth Brailsford, Matron; Rev. John Booth, B.A., Chaplain; Miss. Elizabeth Charles, Mistress Magistrates Room, Dumbleton Hall
County Court, Falcon hotel, Benjamin Parham, Esq., Judge; Wm. West, Esq., Clerk; Francis Wyatt Dyer, High Bailiff Police Station, Sherford Street.
Inland Revenue Office, Falcon Hotel, Wm Ashton, supervisor  
Clerk to Board of Guardians, T. Griffiths Parish Clerk, John Warburton
Clerk to Magistrates, Wm. West, Esq. Relieving Officers, William Vernall, Edward West
High Constable, John Cook, Broad street Sub Stamp Distributor, John Bennett
Organist St. Peter's, John Bennett  
Independent Chapel, Sherford Street St. Peter's Church, Rev. J. Palmer, incmbt.
Primitive Methodist, Tower Hill  
British, Mr. Morgan, master Free Grammar, Henry Wm. Weltch, master
Endowed, Miss Ann Garner, mistress  
LEOMINSTER AND PRESTEIGN - Royal mail, from Bridge Inn, at half past 5 afternoon WORCESTER - Royal mail, from bridge Inn daily, at half past 10, morning
WORCESTER - From Mason's arms, Joseph Booton, Tuesdays and Fridays, at 5 p.m. returning Wednesday and Saturday
Abel John, farmer, Oak Cottage Lewis J., Crown & Sceptre Inn Sherford Street
Allen Richard, carpenter, Sherford Street Lewis Thomas, maltster, Sherford Street
Amiss Hannah, New Inn, Broad Street Marley Richard, surgeon, Cruxwell street
Amiss J., plumber and painter, Sherford Street Marshall John, gardener, High Street
Badham R., solicitor, Cruxwell Street Masters James, tailor, Cruxwell Street
Baggott William, Falcon Hotel Millechap J., shoemaker, High Street
Bayliss T., wheelwright, High Street Mine Mrs. Elizabeth, boarding and day school, Broad Street
Beniams Samuel, corncfactor, Broad Street Morris Mrs., Queen's Arms Inn, High Street
Bennett and Handley (Misses Patience and Mary), Linen drapers, Market Place Morris W., earthenware dealer, High Street
Bennett J., corndealer, Market Place Moss E., saddler, Market Place
Bennett J., newsagent, Cruxwell Street Moss Edward, smith, Church Street
Bishop J., shoemaker, High Street Mucklow Samuel, farrier, Market Place
Booth rev. John, B.A., Sherford Street Neat Charles, grocer, Market Place
Box Henry, painter, High Street Oakley H. E., stationer, market Place
Box J., shoemaker, Broad Street Oakley, John and Frederick Warburton, auctioneers and appraisers, Market Place
Bray Philip, attorney, Highwell Osborn Marmaduke William, Esq., banker, Broad Street
Bridgewater J., shoemaker, Broad Street Owen John, surgeon, Nunwell House
Bridgewater Samuel, butcher, Broad Street Palmer Joseph, tailor, High Street
Carter John, Dragon Inn, Cruxwell Street Palmer Rev. John, M.A., Vicarage
Charlwood Bartholomew, tinman and brazier, High Street Partridge J., beer retailer, New Road
Coldrick W., shopkeeper, Cruxwell Street Payne Mary, boarding school, Cruxwell Street
Cook John, grocer, Broad Street Phillpott Edmund, King's Arms Inn, High Street
Corbett Joseph, butcher, Market Place Phillpott John, chemist, Market Place
Cottrell D. W., Hope Pole inn, Market Square Philpott Arthur, draper, Broad Street
Cullam M. A., chemist, High Street Powell G., hosier, Market Place
Dadwell Frances and Maria, boarding and day school Pumphrey H., draper, High Street
Davies Eliza, bonnet maker, High Street Ricketts E., shopkeeper, Cruxwell Street
Davies J., grocer, Broad Street Ricketts Richard, blacksmith and farmer, Cruxwell Street
Davies James, millwright and machinist, Market Place Rogers Hannah, shopkeeper, Church Street
Devereux Edward, grocer and baker, High street Rogers R., shopkeeper, Sheep Street
Devereux George, Bay Horse and Commercial Inn, High Street Rouse George, grocer & builder, Cruxwell Street
Devereux J. G., chemist, High Street Russell M. A., draper, Broad Street
Devereux William, Esq., Sherford Street Shelton J. B., surgeon, High Street
Eckley James, solicitor, High Street Sirrell Charlotte. Blacksmith, Olditch Road
Eckley Sophia, stationer, Market Street Smith John, shoemaker, Church Street
Edwards Hannah, stationer, High Street Taylor John, baker, Broad Street
Frencher S., post messenger, High Street Taylor William, marine store dealer, High Street
Gordon, Miss, Church Street Thorn John, woolstapler, leather dresser, and glover, Broad Street
Green W., earthenware dealer, High Street Tunks Charles, shopkeeper, high Street
Griffiths Mr. Thomas, High Street Turbill Joseph, builder, Church Street
Grubb Edward, ironmonger, Broad Street Turbill Joseph, builder, Church Street
Gwillim Rev. John, M.A., Pump Street Vaughan Fras., baker
Harris John, butcher, Cruxwell Street Vernall W., relieving officer, Frog Lane
Harris T., watchmaker, High Street Walker Joseph, farmer, church Street
Hays E., Tailor, Cruxwell Street Walters G., basket maker, Broad Street
Hill Joseph, stonemason Warburton E., ironmonger, Broad Street
Hodnette M. J., White Horse inn, Sheep Street Warburton J., post messenger, Back Street
Howey E. W., surgeon, Broad Street Warburton John, registrar of Births and Deaths, Church Street
Hughes H., hairdresser, Church Street Ward George, saddler, Broad Street
Imms Wm., cabinet maker, High Street Watkins T., ironmonger, Broad Street
James John, horse and cattle dealer, Church St Weaver Elizabeth, baker
Jenks J., tanner, Tanhouse Weeks V., Lion Inn, Broad Street
Jenks Miss Mary, Tower hill Welch Joseph, shoemaker, High street
Jenks Mrs. Sarah, The Elms West Wm., solicitor, High Street
Johnson Joseph, cooper, Back Street Whitehouse Miss, Church Street
Jones E. grocer, Broad Street Wilkes Wm., druggist, Market Place
Jones rev. John Peter, Chapel House Willcox Samuel, tailor and draper
Jones Thomas, tailor, broad Street Williams J. W., grocer, High Street
Kelly James, grocer, Broad Street  
Booton Joseph, carrier Preece Saml. miller
Higginson Edmund, Esq., Saltmarshe Castle Smith Richard Houseman, collector of taxes, Bank House
Jones James, shopkeeper Tolley Mr. Francis, Down House
Lea Walter, shopkeeper Turbill Wm., blacksmith
Littlewood T., Esq., Down Villa  
Beavan Mrs. Sarah, Staples Payne Richard, (and Builder), The Rhea
Jones John, Middle Norton Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth, Upper Norton
Mitchell Benjamin, Downs Smith John, Newbarnes
Nott Wm., Newhouse Woakes Harcourt, LittleBridge
Bond Mrs., farmer, Homehouse Lewis Timothy, farmer, The Grove
Holloway William, farmer, The farm Rix John, farmer, The Warren
Jones John, farmer, Crumplebury  
Barneby Mrs. Clater park Higginson Thomas, blacksmith, Bedlam
Eviralls Theophilus, wheelwright, Bringstye Common Jones Watkins, shopkeeper
Gough Mrs. Jane, blacksmith, Linley Green Summers Samuel, shopkeeper
Harris Samuel, shopkeeper, Bringsty Common  
Arden Joseph, Middle Yearsett Mitchell John, Cider House
Berriman Thomas, The Scar Page Samuel, Orchards
Cook Mrs. Susan, Washcroft Rowberry John, Ashmonton
Crawford John, Linton Brook Rowberry William, Burley
Green George, Linton Mill Wall Gregory, Downside
Hemming Thomas, Yearsett Court  
Cave E., miller and farmer, Rowden Mill Evans John, spade tree manufacturer & haulier
Cross Thomas, blacksmith Upfill James Esq., The Green
Dorrell Richard, miller, Hardwick Mill Weltch Mr. Henry wm., Fir House
Cooke Mrs. Louise, Wallcroft Redfern John, Firbush
Ferkins Samuel, New House Sherritt H.
Green Thomas, Quist's Place Skyrme Thomas, Steward's Hyde
Griffiths Edward, Oakeridge Taylor Thomas, Hardwick Hall
Hill John, Turkey hall Teague John, The Tack
Mercer Thomas, Keep Hill West George, Hardwick
Morris Wm., Rough Mintridge Wright Mrs. Mary, The Grove
Munn James, Landoline  


[Transcribed by Richard Lane in December 2002
from a copy of Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1858 in Hereford Central Library]