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Peterchurch, Herefordshire - Kelly's Directory, 1929

Extract from Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1929

Transcription by Richard Lane © 2003


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 section of the Great Western Railway, 9 miles north-west from Pontrilas Station on the Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford section of the same railway, 12 west from Hereford and 9 east from Hay, in the Hereford 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: there is also a pre-Reformation stone altar still in use: 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 Queen Victoria; the 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 the Rev. G. H. Powell, and held since 1920 by the Rev. Joseph Henry Kilgour M.A. of Edinburgh University, who is a surrogate. Here is a Baptist Chapel built in 1879, with sittings for 250 persons, and also a Wesleyan chapel. There is a Primitive Methodist Chapel at Urishay, built in 1837, seating 100 persons. 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. A market for cattle is held every alternate Monday and for poultry &c. every Monday. St. Peter's Wells, situated in this parish, which supply the village with water, are reputed to have healing powers. The charities amount to about £9 yearly. The schools and also almshouses for six aged women are endowed, under the will of John Smith, with moneys left by him in 1729. 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. There is also at Snodhill the ruins of an old chapel, of which Thomas Fairfax, the well-known Elizabeth composer, was at one time curate. Urishay Castle, 2 miles south-west, was demolished in 1921; in the castle grounds is a Norman chapel, long disused; in 1924 it was partially restored and re-dedicated for publish worship, but was again closed in 1923; the chancel contains an ancient stone alter with the five consecration crosses on its surface. Fairfield is the property and residence of Thomas Henry Foster esq. Wellbrook Manor, probably built about 1400, is the property and residence of Lt.-Col. Frank Howard Aulton. Capt. Thomas Percy Prosser Powell O.B.E., J.P., is lord of the manor of Snodhill, and Joseph Yeomans esq., and James Williams Esq., are chief landowners. The soil is rich loam; subsoil, clay and sandstone. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans and swedes. The area is 5,164 acres; population in 1921, 528

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

   Parish Clerk.- Herbert pikes.

   Post, M.O., T. & T. E. D. Office.- Letters through Hereford.

   Police Station.

   Golden Valley railway, (G. W.).

(For T.N.'s see general list of Private Residents at end of book)
Aulton Lt.-Col. Frank Howard, Wellbrook Manor Price Miss. Hawthorn Villa
Best James Raymond, The Crossways Randell Harry, Hinton Cottage
Foster Thomas Henry, Fairfield Roderick Rev. Havelock (Baptist), The Manse, Sunnybank
Gardiner Miss. Theldore Smith John, Hillside
Hancorn James Smith William Edward, Snodhill Hall
Kilgour Rev. Joseph Henry Trestrail, M.A. (vicar and surrogate), vicarage Webster Edwin Charles, Brockwell
Medlicott Henry B., J.P., Mowbage William Rees, sen., Urishay House
Morgan Mrs. Hawthorn Villa Williams John Richard, Hinton
Marked thus ° farm 150 acres or over
Bowyer James, builder Price Arthur, farmer, Barley Knapp
Bufton Alfred Carey, blacksmith, Hinton Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr
Davies Thos. Smallholder, Snodhill Price Charles, farmer, Cwm Farm
Gaze William, smallholder Price Frank, farmer, Old Tay
Griffiths G. & W. Ltd. General merchants, Golden Valley Stores. T.N. Peterchurch 4 Price Jas. farmer, Wellbrook Barn
Hallard Reginald Charles, rate collector for Peterchurch, Long Lane Price Jas. Jun., farmer, Dragon's Pool
Hardwick Eliza (Mrs.), laundry, Price John, farmer, New Enclosure Farm
Howard A. & K. (Misses), graziers, New House Price John, farmer, Urishay Castle
Jenkins Beatrice (Miss), fancy draper Price Lewis, farmer, Lower Snodhill
Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker Price Samuel, farmer, Oatley
Jones Mary A. (Mrs.), Plough Inn Price Samuel, farmer, Wernhyr
Jones Thomas A., coal merchant, Basley house Price William, farmer, Park Farm
Lane Annie E. (Miss), grocer Hinton Pritchard William, farmer, Urishay Court
Lane Brothers, grocers Prosser Enoch J., farmer, Upper Wellbrook
Langley-Smith Chas. Alfd, solctr. & Commissioner for oaths (attends market days 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prosser Seth H., farmer, Stensley farm
Meredith Robert (Mrs.), farmer, Urishay Villa Reece Thomas, farmer, Hinton Court
Midland Bank Ltd., (sub-branch) (open Mon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), High House Smith William, coal dealer, High House
Monkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect Village Hall (R. C. Hallard, sec.).
Morris Wm. Jn., butcher, Valley View Walters Louisa (Mrs.), farmer, the Slade
Mutlow Richard, farmer, Trenant Farm Watkins Arthur, farmer, Penlan
National Provincial Bank Ltd., (sub-branch) (open market days 10.45 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.) Williams Ada (Mrs.), farmer, Gobbets
Norman Cyrus, smallholder Williams John, farmer, New Lodge
O Haines Roger, farmer, Snodhill Court Williams Rees, beer retailer
Phillips Jn., Broughton Arms Williams William Archer, monumental mason
Phillips John, farmer, Greenway Yeomans J. L. & Sons, farmers, Wilmastone, T.N. 9
Pikes Herbert, cycle agent & parish clerk  

[Transcribed by Richard Lane in January 2003
from a copy of Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1929 in Hereford Central Library]