PETERCHURCH, is a parish and village 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 a 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; in 1902 a new organ was provided: the church was entirely restored in 1869 at a cost of £1,700, and the spire in 1870, 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 jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, the architects being Messrs. Nicholson and Son, of Hereford, and in 1906 the tower and spire were repaired at a cost of £400. 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, and held since 1899 by the Rev. Edgar Rogers Holland M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford. Here is a Baptist Chapel built in 1870, with sittings for 250 persons, also Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists Chapels. Fairs are held on Monday before February 2nd, 1st Monday in March (horse), 16th May (hiring), last Monday in June, 1st Monday on September, 1st Monday in October and last Monday in November. St. Peter's Wells, situated in this parish, are reputed to have healing powers. The charities, amounting to about £5 yearly, are given to the poor on the 1st of January in each year. The schools and also almshouses for six aged women are endowed, under the will of John Smith, with moneys left by him in 1720. The Baptist School, formerly used as a Baptist Chapel, was built in 1820 and is attached to Goff's Charity. In this parish are the remains of Snodhill Castle, which existed in the reign of Stephen, and 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 1655it was purchased by William Prosser, citizen of London, in whose family it still remains. Urishay Castle, 2 miles south-west, the property of William Henry Delahay esq. is now occupied as a farm house by John Price; 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. Thomas Percy Prosser Powell is lord of the manor of Snodhill, and Sir Geoffrey Cornewall bart, of Moccas Court, Hereford, William Henry Delahay esq. of Peterchurch, and James Williams, of Hereford, 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, £5,046; population in 1911, 565.
SNODHILL, a hamlet in this parish, is 2 miles north-west.
Parish Clerk.- Alfred Verrall.
Post, M. O. & T. Office.- Miss Annie Appleyard, sub-postmistress. Letters through Hereford, arrive at 7a.m. (except on Mondays, when they arrive at 7.45 a.m.) & 2 p.m. (callers only); dispatched at 5 p.m.; No delivery on Sundays
Wall Letter Box, Hinton, cleared at 4.30 p.m.
Wall Letter Box, Snodhill, cleared at 4.10 p.m.
Wall Letter Box, Nag's Head, cleared at 4.35 p.m.
Public Elementary Schools.-
Peterchurch, built with residence for master, in 1857, for 95 children & class room added in 1885 for 40 additional children; average attendance, 50; the school was endowed in 1856 with moneys left in 1729 by John Smith; Henry William Clissold, master.
Goff's (mixed), built in 1820 & since enlarged, with residence for master, for 96 children; average attendance, 49; David Edward Ambrose Rhys, master
Police Station.- Roger Edwards, constable.
Golden Valley railway.- Dan Davies, Station master.
| PRIVATE RESIDENTS
| Budding Rev. Henry E. (Baptist) || Gibbs Charles Frederick J.P., Fairfield |
| Crofts Alfred W., The Crossways || Holland Rev. Edgar Rogers M.A. (vicar), Hinton Hall |
| Delahay William Hy. Urishay House || Price John, Urishay Castle |
| Gardiner Miss, Hinton Cottage || Webster Edwin, Brockwell |
| Bowyer James, mason || Phillips Joseph, farmer, The Slade |
| Carmichael Edgar H., farmer, New Enclosure || Pikes John, wheelwright & shopkeeper |
| Cresswell & Sons, butchers || Pikes Leonard, cycle agent |
| Embrey Esther (Miss), shopkeeper || Powell Jessie M. (Miss), farmer, Snodhill Hall |
| Goodwin Arthur, farmer, Wilmaston || Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr |
| Haines Roger, farmer, Snodhill Court || Price Charles, farmer, Cwm Farm |
| Hancorn Chas., farmer, Lower Wellbrook || Price James, sen., farmer, Old Tay |
| Hardwick Eliza (Mrs.), laundry, Hinton Green || Price Jas. Jun., farmer, Dragon's Pool |
| Hardwick Leonard, blacksmith || Price John, farmer, Urishay Castle |
| Harries John Henry, tailor || Price Lewis, farmer, Urishay Villa |
| Howard Robert, thrashing machine proprietor, New House & miller, Trenant Mill || Price Samuel, farmer, Wernhyr |
| Howells Jonathan James, farmer, Oatley &Cwm Crone || Price William, farmer, Lower Snodhill |
| James Catherine (Mrs.), farmer, Hinton || Pritchard William, farmer, Urishay Court |
| Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker || Prosser Enoch J., farmer & assistant overseer, Upper Wellbrook |
| Jones Mary A. (Mrs.), Plough Inn || Prosser Seth H., farmer, Stensley farm |
| Jones Thomas A., coal merchant, Basley house || Reece Thomas, farmer, Hinton Court |
| Lane Charles Edwin, grocer, draper, ironmonger, baker & general merchant &c. Albion house || Sherratt James, farmer, Trenant farm |
| Leighton Albert Arthur, blacksmith, water & gas fitter & cycle & motor repairer || Statham John Henry, monumental mason & registrar of births & deaths & vaccination officer for Madley dist. Dore Union, Hillside |
| Leighton Elizabeth (Mrs.), apartments, Alma House || Thomas James, Boughton Arms Hotel |
| McCaull James, farmer, High House || Vale Wm. B., saddler & harness maker |
| Medlicott Henry B., farmer, Mowbage, Greenway & Lionshall || Verrall Alfred, mason & parish clerk |
| Metcalf Jacob, glazier || Virgo Arthur Jas., monumental mason |
| Monkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect || Waring George, cowkpr. West Lawn |
| Morgan Ann (Mrs.), Park farm || Watkins Arthur, farmer, Pen-y-Lan |
| Morgan John, farmer, Snodhill || Watkins George Alfred, farmer, Barley Knapp |
| Morris Wm. Jn., butcher, Valley View || Williams David, farmer, Hinton |
| Norman Cyrus, farmer || Williams Enoch, farmer, Gobbets |
| Phillips Chas., farmer, New Lodge Farm || Williams Rees, beer retailer |