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Ewyas Harold

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"EWYAS-HARROLD, a parish in the hundred of WEBTREE, county of HEREFORD, 12 miles (S.W.) from Hereford, containing 412 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Brecon, and diocese of St. David, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small edifice, with a massive tower in the early English style. Here was anciently a castle, which, according to Dugdale, was built by William Fitz-Osborne, Earl of Hereford, after the Conquest; but Leland observes that it was probably erected by King Harold, prior to his elevation to the throne, who conferred it upon an illegitimate son, also named Harold, from whom the place is supposed to have received its distinguishing appellation. A prior and a small convent of monks settled here about 1100, from the abbey of St. Peter, in Gloucester, and continued till 1358, when, the revenue being insufficient for their support, they were again united to the abbey." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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