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Help and advice for Ocle Pitchard, Herefordshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

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Ocle Pitchard, Herefordshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"OCLE-PITCHARD, (or Ocle Pychard), a parish in the hundred of Broxash, county Hereford, 8 miles E. of Hereford, its post town, and 5 S.E. of Bodenham railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Hereford and Bromyard turnpike road. The Hereford and Gloucester canal passes by the village on the southern side. The soil is of a clayey nature, but fertile. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The land is partly in hop grounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford, valued in the king's books at £4 19s. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient stone structure, with a square tower containing three bells. The chancel has a painted quarry glass window. The parochial charities produce about £1 15s. per annum. There is a free school for children of both sexes. James Leech Harrison, Esq., is lord of the manor."

"OCLE-LIVERS, an extra parochial liberty in the hundred of Broxash, county Hereford, 6 miles N:E. of Hereford. A Benedictine Priory was founded here in 1160 as a cell, to the abbey of Lira, in Normandy."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]