Clifford, Herefordshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868
1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
"CLIFFORD, a parish in the hundred of Huntington, in the county of Hereford, 3 miles N. of Hay, its post town, and 9 W. of the Hereford railway station. It is situated on the river Wye, and contains the township of Vowmine. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Hereford, value £300, in the patronage of W. W. Trumper, Esq. There is a district church at Hardwick, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £40, in the patronage of Mrs. Penoyre.
The parish church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure in the Norman style, and contains several monuments. The charities amount to £13 per annum. Here are free schools for both sexes. The ruins of the ancient castle are still visible. It was built by W. Fitzosborne, became the seat of the Cliffords, and tradition says that here Fair Rosamond was horn. The place gives name and title of baron to the Cliffords of Ugbrooke. There are several gentlemen's seats in the neighbourhood."
"VOWMINE, a township in the parishes of Dorstone and Clifford, county Hereford, 4 miles S.E. of Hay."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]