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Peterchurch, Herefordshire - Kelly's Directory, 1922

Extract from Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1922

Transcription by Richard Lane © 2003


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 £350, with 1½ acres of glebe, in the gift of Mrs. Powell, and held since 1920 by the Rev. Joseph Henry Trestrail Kilgour M.A. of Edinburgh University. Here is a Baptist chapel, built in 1879, 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 also 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 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 1655 it was purchased by William Prosser, citizen of London, in whose family it still remains. Urishay Castle, 2 miles south-west, was demolished in 1921; in the castle grounds is a Norman chapel, long disused; it was purchased by 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 Powell esq. is Lord of the Manor of Snodhill, and Sir Geoffrey Cornewall bart. D.L., J.P. and James Williams esq., 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, £5,284, the population in 1911 was 565.

   SNODHILL, a hamlet in this parish, is 2 miles north-west.

   Parish Clerk.- Herbert Pike.

   Post. M.O. & T. Office.- Edwin James Jenkins, sub-postmaster. Letters through Hereford

   Wall Letter Box, Hinton, Snodhill & Nag's Head.

   Public Elementary Schools, built, with residence for master, in 1857, and classroom added in 1885; the school was endowed in 1856 with monies left in 1729 by John Smith; accommodation for 95 children. It is leased to the County Education Authority. John William Ingham, master; Mrs. J. W. Ingham, mistress

   Police Station.- Reginald J. Broben. Constable.

   Golden Valley Railway.- Ernest James Sutton, Station Master.

Carmichael Edgar H. Kilgour Rev. Joseph Henry Trestail (vicar), Hinton Hall
Foster Thomas Henry, Fairfield Medlicott Henry B., J.P., Mowbage
Gardiner Miss, Hinton Cottage Rice-Jones David, Snodhill Hall
Griffiths David Allan, The Crossways Shepherd Rev. John (Baptist)
Hancorn James Webster Edwin, Brockwell
Bowyer James, mason Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr
Davies John, farmer, Hinton Price Charles, farmer, Cwm Farm
Davies Thomas, farmer, Snodhill Price James junior, farmer, Dragon's Pool
Griffiths G. & W. Ltd. General merchants, Golden valley Stores Price James senior, farmer, Old Tay
Haines Roger, farmer, Snodhill Court Price John, farmer, Urishay
Hallard Charles H., Baker Price Lewis, farmer, Lower Snodhill
Hardwick Eliza (Mrs.), Laundry, Hinton Green Price Samuel, farmer, Oatley
Hill Christopher, farmer, The Slade Price Samuel, farmer, Wernhyr
James Catherine (Mrs.), farmer, Hinton Price William, farmer, Park Farm
Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker Pritchard William, farmer, Urishay Court
Jones Mary A. (Mrs.), Plough Inn Prosser Enoch J., farmer, Upper Wellbrook
Jones Thomas A., coal merchant, Basley House Prosser Seth H., farmer, Stensley Farm
Lane Brothers, grocers Reece Thomas, farmer, Hinton Court
Lane, Annie E. (Miss), grocer, Hinton Smith John, Rate Collector
Medlicott Henry B., farmer, Mowbage Smith William John, blacksmith, Hinton
Meredith Robert, farmer, Urishay Villa Smith William, coal dealer, High House
Monkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect Taylor Laura (Mrs.), apartments, The Palace
Mutlow Richard, farmer, Trenant Farm Thomas James, Boughton Arms Inn
Norman Cyrus, farmer Watkins Arthur, farmer, Pen-y-Lan
Peterchurch Men's Club (Edwin Webster, president; Edwin James Jenkins, secretary Watkins George Alfred, farmer, New Enclosure Farm
Phillips James, farmer, New Lodge William Rees, beer retailer
Phillips John, farmer, Greenway Williams Enoch, farmer, Gobbets
Phillips Joseph, farmer, Greenway Williams William A. (Mrs.), refreshment rooms
Pikes Herbert, cycle agent & parish clerk Williams William Arthur, monumental mason
Pikes John, wheelwright Yeomans Joseph, farmer, Wilmastone
Price Arthur, farmer, Barley Knapp  

[Transcribed by Richard Lane in January 2003
from a copy of Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1922 in Hereford Central Library]