PETERCHURCH is a parish on the River Dore, in the Golden Valley and on the Ross and Hay road, with a station on the Golden Valley Railway, 9 miles north-west from Pontrilas Station on the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford section of the Great Western Railway, 12 west from Hereford and 9 east from Hay, in the southern division of the county, Webtree Hundred, Dore petty Sessional division and union, Hereford County Court District, rural deanery of Abbey Dore, and archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford. The church of St. Peter is an ancient building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of apsidal chancel, with aisle, nave, north porch and western tower with octagonal spire containing a chiming clock, erected at a cost of £146, and 6 bells: there are three fine Norman arches, three stained windows and a rude piece of sculptured stone, representing a trout with a golden chain round its neck, said to have been taken in the River Dore; the church was entirely restored in 1869 at a cost of £1,700, and the spire in 1879, at a cost of £700, under the direction of Mr. T. Edgar Williams, architect, of London: the north porch was built in 1888, from funds raised by voluntary subscriptions, to commemorate the Queen's jubilee, the architect being Messrs. Nicholson and son of Hereford. The register dates from the year 1711. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £250, with 2 acres of glebe, in the gift of Mrs. Powell, of Dorstone Rectory, and held since 1899 by the Rev. Edgar Rogers Holland M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford. Here are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels. Fairs are held on Monday before February 2nd, 1st Monday in March (horse), 16th May (hiring), last Monday in June, 1st Monday in September, 1st Monday in October, and last Monday in November. A poultry market is held every Saturday. St. Peter's Wells, situated in this parish, are reputed to have healing powers. The charities, amounting to about £9 yearly, are given to the poor on the 1st of January in each year. The National Schools and almshouses for six aged women are endowed, under the will of John Smith, with monies left by him in 1729. The Baptist School is attached to Goff's Charity. The remains of Snodhill Castle, in this parish, existed in the reign of Henry VI. was held with the manor by the great Earl of Warwick; Queen Elizabeth granted it to Sir Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and about 1655 it was purchased by William Prosser, citizen of London, in whose family it still remains. Urishay Castle, 1½ miles south-east, is the property and residence William Henry Tallmadge Delahay esq.; in the castle grounds is a disused chapel, the chancel of which contains an ancient stone alter with five consecration crosses on its surface, perfectly preserved. The representatives of the late Rev. Thomas Prosser are Lords of the Manor of Snodhill, and the Rev. Sir George Henry Cornewall bart. Of Moccas Court, Hereford, William Henry Tallmadge Delahay esq. And the Rev. Thomas Prosser Powell B.A. rector of Dorstone, are the chief landowners. The soil is a rich loam; subsoil clay and sandstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans and Swedes. The area is 5,164 acres; rateable value, £5,222, the population in 1881 was 637.
SNODHILL, a hamlet in this parish, is 2 miles north-west.
Parish Clerk.- Herbert Pikes.
POST M.O. & T.O., T.O., T.M.O., E.D., S.B. & A.&L. Office. - John Appleyard, sub-postmaster. Letters through Hereford, arrive at 7 a.m. except on Mondays when they arrive at 7.45 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m.; no delivery on Sundays.
Wall Letter Box, Hinton, cleared at 4.30 p.m.
Wall Letter Box, Snodhill, 4.10 p.m.
Public Elementary Schools.-
Peterchurch, built, with residence for master, in 1857, for 95 children and classroom added in 1885 for 40 additional children; average attendance, 60; the school was endowed in 1856 with monies left in 1729 by John Smith; Henry William Crissold, master.
Goff's (mixed), built in 1820, for 96 children; average attendance, 50; Miss M. A. B. Lloyd, mistress
Police Station.- Roger Edwards Constable.
Golden Valley Railway.- Arthur Delahay, Station Master.
| Bailey Ernest E., Urishay Castle || Delahay, Major William Henry Tallmadge, Urishay House |
| Crofts Arthur W., The Crossways || Gibbs Charles Frederick, Fairfield |
| Davies Rev. George B. A. (Baptist) || Gunnell Harry Harber, The Hall, Snodhill |
| Delahay William Henry, Urishay House || Holland, Rev. Edgar Rogers M. A. (vicar), Hinton Hall |
| Appleyard John, Post Office || Morgan George, beer retailer & wheelwright |
| Beavan John, farmer, Stensly || Morgan John, farmer, Snodhill |
| Bowyer Elijah, mason || Morris William, butcher, Valley View |
| Cresswell & Sons, butchers || Norman Alfred, farmer |
| Davies Mary (Mrs.), farmer, New Enclosure || Pearce James, farmer, Snodhill |
| Evans Timothy, farmer, Rose Cottage || Phillips Charles, farmer, New Lodge Farm |
| Goodwin Arthur, farmer, Wilmaston || Phillips Joseph, farmer, The Slade |
| Gwillim John, farmer, Barley Knapp || Pikes John, shopkeeper & wheelwright |
| Hancorn Charles, farmer, Lower Wellbrook || Price Arthur, farmer, Prospect |
| Hardwick Leonard, blacksmith || Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr |
| Harries John Henry, tailor || Price Charles, farmer, Cwm Farm |
| Howard Robert, thrashing machine proprietor, New House || Price James junior, farmer, Dragon's Pool |
| Howells Jonathan, farmer, Oatley & Cwm Crone || Price James, farmer, Old Tay |
| Humphrey E. P., farmer, Pen-y-Lan || Price Samuel, farmer, Wernhyr |
| James Thomas, farmer, Hinton || Price William, farmer, Lower Snodhill |
| Jones Mary (Mrs.), Plough Inn, & agent for Alton Court Brewery Co. Ltd. || Pritchard William, farmer & thrashing machine proprietor, Urishay Court |
| Jones Mary (Mrs.), shoe maker || Prosser Enoch, farmer, Upper Wellbrook |
| Jones Thomas A., coal merchant & farmer, Longfield House || Reece Thomas, farmer, Hinton Court |
| Lancaster Charles, saddler & harness manufacturer || Saer James, farmer, The Villa |
| Lane Charles Edwin, grocer, draper, ironmonger, baker & general merchant &c, Albion House || Sanbrook Henry Albert, grocer and tea dealer |
| Llewellyn George, blacksmith & farmer || Sherratt William, farmer, Trenant |
| Llewellyn Hannah (Mrs.), good accommodation for visitors; horse and trap for hire, High House || Thomas James, Boughton Arms, family and commercial hotel, good accommodation for fishing, motoring & shooting |
| Mapp Eliza (Miss), shopkeeper || Verrall Alfred, mason |
| Mapp Jane (Mrs.), coal merchant || Williams David, farmer, Hinton |
| Medlicott Henry, farmer, Greenway, Mowbage & Lionshall || Williams Enoch, farmer, Gobbets |
| Morgan Ann (Mrs.), Park farm || |