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Peterchurch, Herefordshire - Kelly's Directory, 1934

Extract from Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1934

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: There is a pre-Reformation stone alter still in use; 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 Queen Victoria; the tower and spire were repaired in 1906: There are 340 sittings all of which are free. The register dates from the year 1711. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £382, 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, who is a surrogate. Here is a Baptist chapel, built in 1879, with sittings for 250 persons, also a Methodist Chapel, There is a 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 in September, 1st Monday in October, and last Monday in November. A market for cattle is held every fourth Monday and for poultry &c. every Monday. St. Peter's Wells, which supply the village with water, situated in this parish, are reputed to have healing powers. The charities, amounting to about £9 yearly. The almshouses for six aged women are endowed, under the will of John Smith, with monies 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 1655 it 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 Elizabethan 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; it was purchased by subscription in 1914, partially restored and re-dedicated for public worship but was again closed in 1923. 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. Captain Thomas Percy Prosser Powell O.B.E. is Lord of the Manor of Snodhill, and Joseph Yeomans esq. 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, £5,268, the population in 1931 was 572.

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

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

   Police Station.

   Golden Valley Railway (GW).

Marked thus ° farm 150 acres or over
Aulton Lt. Col. Frank Howard, Wellbrook Manor Kilgour Rev. Joseph Henry Trestail (vicar), Hinton Hall
Best James Raymond, The Crossways Medlicott Henry B., J. P., Mowbage
Brereton Major J. H., Hinton Hall Morgan Mrs. Hawthorn Villa
Farr Albert Edward, The Palace Neil Rev. William (Baptist), The Manse
Foster Thomas Henry, Fairfield Pollard Charles William, School House
Gardiner Miss, Theldore Price Miss, Hawthorn Villa
Hallard Reginald Charles, Hillside Randall Harry, Hinton Cottage
Hancorn Miss Smith William Edward, Snodhill Hall
Jones Thomas A., Portaway Williams Mrs., Hinton
Beavan Thomas, smallholder, Trump Pikes Herbert, undertaker, joiner, builder, cycle agent & parish clerk
Bowen Eliz. (Mrs.), smallholder, Pear Tree Powell Ellen Agnes (Mrs.) smallholder, Upper Mowbage
Bowyer Chas., mason, Rose Cottage Powell Gilbert, grocer
Bowyer Ernest, garage, motor & wireless engineer & cycle agent, Market Garage Price Arthur J., farmer, Cwm Farm
Bowyer James, builder Price Arthur Thomas, farmer, Stensley
Bowyer Sidney James, builder, painter, plumber & general mason, estimates free, Chapel House Price Arthur, farmer, Wernhyr
Bufton Alfred Carey, blacksmith, Hinton Price Frank, farmer, Old Tay
Davies John, farmer, Green Court, Hinton ° Price Herbert John, farmer, New Lodge
Griffiths G. & W. Ltd. General merchants, Golden valley Stores Price James junior, farmer, Dragon's Pool
Haines Charles, newsagent Price James junior, farmer, Wellbrook Barn
° Haines Roger, farmer, Snodhill Court Price John Arthur, farmer, Barley Knapp.
Hallard Reginald Charles, Rate Collector for No. 1 District Dore Rural District Council, & clerk to the Parish Council Price John, farmer, New Enclosure Farm.
Hancorn John Leonard, farmer, Trenant Price John, farmer, Urishay.
Hardwick Eliza (Mrs.), Laundry, ° Price Samuel, farmer, Oatley
Hinton Hall Boarding House (Mr. & Mrs. C. Jones, proprietors), full accommodation, reasonable terms ° Price William Lewis, farmer, Park Farm (postal Address, Dorstone)
Howard A. & K. (Misses), graziers, New House Price William, farmer, Lower Wernhys
Hughes Braithwaite, smallholder, Lower Old Tay Pritchard William, farmer, Urishay Court
Jenkins Beatrice (Miss), fancy draper Prosser & Sons, hauliers, Upper Wellbrook
Jones Arthur Edgar beer retailer Prosser Enoch, farmer, Upper Wellbrook
Jones Charles & Clara (Mrs.), boarding House, Hinton Hall ° Prosser Seth H., farmer, Stensley Farm
Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker ° Reece Thomas Jnth., farmer, Hinton Court
Jones Mary A. (Mrs.), Plough Inn Smith William, coal dealer, High House
Lane George Breakwell, haulage contractor, coal merchant & motor engineer, Albion Garage Thomas John Llewelyn, farmer, Lower House
Lane, Annie E. (Miss), grocer, Hinton Thomas William, smallholder, Basley House
Lewis William Gordon, smallholder, Croft Hall Village Hall (John Phillips, Secretary)
Midland Bank Ltd. (sub-branch) (open Monday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), High House; Head Office Poultry, London Walters Louisa (Mrs.), farmer, The Slade
Morris William John, farmer, butcher, grocer, & general stores Valley View ° Watkins Arthur, farmer, Penlan
Murkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect Watkins Thomas J., farmer, Urishay Villa
National Provincial Bank Ltd. (agency) (open market days 10.45 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.) Head Office, 15 Bishop Gates, London Williams Dewi Barnet), farmer, Upper House
Norman Cyrus, smallholder Williams William Archer, monumental mason
Payne William, smallholder Williams William, farmer, Gobbets
Phillips John, Boughton Arms Public House Wright Philip Charles, smallholder, Middle Mowbage
Phillips John, farmer, Greenway ° Yeomans J. L. & Sons, farmer, Wilmastone

[Transcribed by Richard Lane in January 2003
from a copy of Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1934 in Hereford Central Library]