"EARDISLAND, a parish in the hundred of STRETFORD, county of HEREFORD, 5 miles (W.) from Leominster, containing 791 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford, rated in the king's books at £4. 9. 7, endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Hereford. The church is dedicated to St.Mary. Here is an endowed free school, partly conducted on the Madras system. A court leet is held annually in the village, which is situated on the river Arrow, the rail-road from Kington to Leominster passing through it. A house still exists, called the Nun House, and part of the glebe land is denominated the Monks Court; from which it is inferred that a place called Staick house was once a religious establishment, a supposition strengthened by its peculiar appearance, and contiguity to the Monks Court. The Roman Watling- street is supposed to have passed through this parish, on the line of the road now leading to Street Court." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
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