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; in 1902 a new organ was provided, the church was restored in 1869 and the spire in 1879: the north porch was built in 1888, from funds raised by voluntary subscriptions, to commemorate the jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria; he tower and spire were repaired in 1906. 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 chapel with sittings for 250 persons, also 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. 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 almshouses for six aged women are endowed, under the will of John Smith, with monies left by him in 1729. 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 Steven, 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 1655 it was purchased by William Prosser, citizen of London, in whose family it still remains. Urishay Castle, 2 miles south-west, is now occupied as a farmhouse by Mr. John Price; in the castle grounds is a Norman chapel, long disused; it was purchased by public subscription in 1914, partially restored and re-dedicated for public worship, the chancel contains an ancient stone alter with five consecration crosses on its surface. Thomas Percy Prosser is Lord of the Manor of Snodhill, and Sir Geoffrey Cornewall bart. William Henry Delahay esq. And James Williams, 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, £5,319, the population in 1911 was 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
Wall Letter Box, Hinton, Snodhill & Nag's Head.
Public Elementary Schools.
Peterchurch, built, with residence for master, in 1857, for 95 children and classroom added in 1885 for 40; the school was endowed in 1856 with monies left in 1729 by John Smith; Miss A. U. Clissold, mistress.
Goff's (mixed), built in 1820 and since enlarged, with residence for master, for 96 children.
These two schools are to be amalgamated as a Council school in September 1917; _____ Birkett, master
Police Station.- Roger Edwards Constable.
Golden Valley Railway.- John W. J. Bowes, Station Master.
| PRIVATE RESIDENTS
| Carmichael Edgar H. || Holland Rev. Edgar Rogers M.A. (vicar), Hinton Hall |
| Gardiner Miss, Hinton Cottage || Price John, Urishay Castle |
| Gibbs Charles Frederick J.P. Fairfield || Shepherd Rev. John (Baptist) |
| Griffiths David Allan, The Crossways || Webster Edwin, Brockwell |
| Bowyer James, mason || Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr |
| Embrey Esther (Miss), shopkeeper || Price Charles, farmer, Cwm Farm |
| Goodwin Arthur, farmer, Wilmastone || Price James junior, farmer, Dragon's Pool |
| Haines Roger, farmer, Snodhill Court || Price James senior, farmer, Old Tay |
| Hallard Charles H., Baker || Price John, farmer, Urishay Castle |
| Hardwick Eliza (Mrs.), Laundry, Hinton Green || Price Lewis, farmer, Urishay Villa |
| Hardwick Leonard, blacksmith || Price Samuel, farmer, Oatley |
| Harries John, farmer, The Slade || Price Samuel, farmer, Wernhyr |
| Howard Robert, Thrashing machine proprietor, New House, & miller, Trenant Mill || Price William, farmer, Lower Snodhill |
| James Catherine (Mrs.), farmer, Hinton || Pritchard William, Urishay Court |
| Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker || Prosser Enoch J., farmer, 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 C. E. (executors of), drapers || Sherratt James, farmer, Trenant Farm |
| Lewis Laura (Mrs.), apartments || Smith John, farmer, High House |
| Medlicott Henry B., farmer, Mowbage || Statham John Henry, monumental mason & registrar of births & deaths, & vaccination officer for Madley sub-district, Dore District, Hillside |
| Monkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect || Thomas James, Boughton Arms Inn |
| Morgan Ann (Mrs.), Park Farm || Verrall Alfred, mason & parish clerk |
| Morgan Misses, farmer, Snodhill || Virgo Arthur James, monumental mason |
| Morris William John, butcher, Valley View || Watkins Arthur, farmer, Pen-y-Lan |
| Norman Cyrus, farmer || Watkins George Alfred, farmer, New Enclosure Farm |
| Phillips Charles, farmer, New Lodge, Greenway & Lionshall || William Rees, beer retailer |
| Pikes Herbert, cycle agent || Williams David, farmer, Hinton |
| Pikes John, wheelwright || Williams Enoch, farmer, Gobbets |
| Price Arthur, farmer, Barley Knapp || |