Edvin Ralph, Herefordshire - Post Office Directory, 1863


Extract from Post Office Directory of Herefordshire, 1863

Transcription by Barbara Haner © 2004


EDVIN RALPH is a parish, 2 miles north from Bromyard (its post town), 9 south from Tenbury, and 16 west from Worcester railway station; it is in Bromyard union, and county court district, Wolphy hundred, rural deanery of Frome, Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric delightfully situated on high ground on the Bromyard and Tenbury turnpike road. The church (name not known) recently restored, is in the Norman style, with square tower and 2 bells, and consists of aisle, chancel, transept, porch, some very old monuments and a modern font. The living is a rectory, commuted at £260 yearly, with residence and 18 acres of glebe land, with the rectory of Collington annexed, in the gift of William Lacon Childe, Esq.; the Rev. Arthur Childe, M.A., J.P., is the incumbent. The rectory-house is situated on an eminence near the church. The population in 1861 was 165; the acreage is 1,590. The soil is stiff clay. W.L. Childe, Esq., is lord of the manor; and William Barneby, Esq., and W.L. Childe, Esq., are the chief landowners. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans, and hops. There are charities of £6 yearly value.

BUTTERLEY is a hamlet, situated 1 mile and a half west from the church, and contains about 600 acres.

Parish Clerk, John Calder



Childe Rev. Arthur, M.A., J.P. Rectory


Benbow Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Crosse
Benbow Mary Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Park
Davis Thomas, blacksmith
Dowding George, farmer, Pound farm
Fidoe Thomas, farmer, New house
Herring Thomas, farmer, Pike villa
Jones Edward, farmer, Brick house
Jones Mary (Mrs.), farmer, Gonderland
Maund John, shopkeeper , Wood house
Perry Thomas, farmer, Upper house
Perry, Walter, farmer, Townsend
Perry William, farmer, Hollings
Smith Thomas, farmer, Black Venn
Smith William, farmer, Bromhill
Smith William, stonemason
Tombs Thomas, farmer, Upper horton


Amyes Thomas, farmer, Brook
Jones Thomas, farmer
Moore Joseph, miller, Butterley mill

Letters through Bromyard, which is the nearest money order office

[Transcribed by Barbara E. Haner in February 2004
from a personal copy of Post Office Directory of Herefordshire, 1863]