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Peterchurch, Herefordshire - Kelly's Directory, 1937

Extract from Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1937

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: The tower was repaired in 1906 and the spire in 1879, 1906, and 1935: 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: the north porch was built in 1888, to commemorate the jubilee of Queen Victoria: There are 340 sittings all of which are free. The register dates from the year 1711. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £325 with residence, in the gift of the Rev. G. H. Powell, and held since 1934 by the Rev. William Sidney Daw B. A. of Durham University. 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 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; 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. J. P. Wellbrook Manor, probably built about 1400, is the property and residence of Lt. Col. Frank Howard Aulton. Captain Thomas Percy Prosser Powell M. B. E., D. L., J. P. is Lord of the Manor of Snodhill, and Mr. Joseph Yeomans esq. Mrs Williams and Mr. Arthur Watkins, 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).

Aulton Lt. Col. Frank Howard, Wellbrook Manor Medlicott James, Hinton Cottage
Best James Raymond, The Crossways Morgan Mrs. Hawthorn Villa
Daw Rev. William Sidney, B. A. (vicar), The Vicarage Neil Rev. William (Baptist), The Manse
Farr Albert Edward, The Palace Pollard Charles William, School House
Foster Thomas Henry, Fairfield Powell Miss, Brockwell
Gardiner Miss, Theldore Smith William Edward, Snodhill Hall
Hallard Reginald Charles, Hillside Stevens Reginald James, Hinton
Hancorn Miss Williams Mrs., Hinton
Jones Thomas A., Portaway  
Marked thus ° farm 150 acres Or Over
Beavan Thomas, smallholder, Trump Phillips Emily Eliz. (Mrs.), Boughton Arms Public House
Berisford John, smallholder, Basley House Phillips John, farmer, Mowbage
Bowen Eliz. (Mrs.), smallholder, Pear Tree Pikes Herbert, joiner, & parish clerk
Bowyer Charles., builder & contractor (estimates free) Wayside Powell Ellen Agnes (Mrs.) smallholder, Upper Mowbage
Bowyer Ernest, garage, motor & wireless engineer, cycle agent, oxyacetylene welder, battery charging station & newsagent, Market Garage Price Arthur J., farmer, Cwm Farm
Bowyer James, builder, Hosley Price Arthur Thomas, farmer, Stensley
Bowyer Sidney James, builder, Highway Price Frank, farmer, Old Tay
Burke Thomas Samuel, insurance agent Price Henry Thomas, farmer, Wellbrook
Charles Eliz. Mrs., laundry ° Price Herbert John, farmer, New Lodge
Davies John, farmer, Green Court, Hinton Price James junior, farmer, Dragon's Pool
Evans Alfred, grocer Price John Arthur, farmer, Barley Knapp.
Evans William Henry, beer retailer, Nag's Head Price John, farmer, New Enclosure Farm.
Francis David John, C.R.S.I. sanitary inspector & housing surveyor to the Dore & Brentwardine Rural District Council, Urishay House Price John, farmer, Urishay.
Griffiths G. & W. Ltd. General merchants, Golden valley Stores Price Mary Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Wernhyr
Haines Charles, newsagent ° Price Samuel, farmer, Oatley
° Haines Roger & Son, farmers, Snodhill Court ° Price William Lewis, farmer, Park Farm (postal Address, Dorstone)
Hallard Reginald Charles, Rate Collector for No. 1 District Dore Rural District Council, & clerk to the Parish Council, Hillside Price William, farmer, Lower Wernhys
Hancorn John Leonard, farmer, Trenant Pritchard William, farmer, Urishay Court
Howard A. & K. (Misses), graziers, Prosser S. H. & Sons, hauliers and cattle transporters, distance no object, Upper Wellbrook
Hughes Braithwaite, smallholder, Lower Old Tay ° Prosser Seth H., farmer, Upper Wellbrook
Jenkins Beatrice (Miss), fancy draper ° Reece Thomas Jnth., farmer, Hinton Court
Jones Emmanuel, shoe maker Smith William, coal dealer, High House
Jones Mary A. (Mrs.), Plough Inn Thomas John Llewelyn, farmer, Lower House
Lane George Breakwell, haulage contractor, coal merchant & motor engineer, Albion Garage Village Hall (G. F. Griffiths, Chairman of the Trustees)
Lane, Annie E. (Miss), grocer, Hinton Walter Maurice Henry, farmer & dairyman, The Slade
Lewis William Gordon, Pea and Bean Stick merchant & haulage contractor, Craft Hall Watkins Alfred Edgar, head gardener to T. H. Foster esq. J.P. Jubilee Place
Midland Bank Ltd. (sub-branch) (open Monday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), High House; Head Office Poultry, London ° Watkins Arthur, farmer, Penlan
Morris W. J. & Sons, , butcher, Valley View Williams Dewi Barnet), farmer, Upper House
Munkley Samuel, farmer, Prospect Williams William, farmer, Gobbets
Nag's Head Inn, (William Henry Evans, Proprietor), teas, refreshments, and accommodation for cyclists and motorists Wilson A., dentist (attends alternate Mondays, 2.30 to 5.00 p.m.), Wayside
National Provincial Bank Ltd. (agency) (open alternate Mondays 10.45 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.) Head Office, 15 Bishop Gates, London Wright Philip Charles, smallholder, Middle Mowbage
Norman Cyrus, smallholder ° Yeomans J. L. & Sons, farmer, Wilmastone

[Transcribed by Richard Lane in January 2003
from a copy of Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire, 1937 in Hereford Central Library]