Wacton, Herefordshire - Post Office Directory, 1863


Extract from Post Office Directory of Herefordshire, 1863

Transcription by Barbara Haner © 2004


WACTON is a parish distant about 4 miles west from Bromyard (its postal town), 8 from Leominster, and 9 south from Tenbury in Broxash hundred, Bromyard union and county court district, Frome deanery, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric, situated about 1 mile from the Leominster and Tenbury turnpike road. The church (name unknown) is an old stone building, with small tower and 2 bells; it has a nave, aisle, chancel, and porch. The register dates from 1750. The living, is a perpetual curacy, value £70 yearly, in the gift of the Bishop of Hereford; the Rev John Booth, B.A., of Queens College, Cambridge is the incumbent. The population in 1861 was 123; The areage is 1,002. The soil is clayey. Earl Somers is lord of the manor; and Richard Allson, Esq., Edmund Higginson, Esq., and Mr. Richard Timings, are the chief landowners. The chief crops are wheat, beans, and oats. Wacton is considered by some to be a chapelry of Bromyard.

UPPER HORTON and Wooding are farms.

Parish Clerk, Richard Tomkins.



James Anthony, farmer, The Wells
Jones John, farmer, Little Wacton
Owens George, farmer, Upper Horton
Perkins Samuel, farmer, Great Wacton
Watkins Philip, New Inn
Timings Richard, farmer,, Wacton Court

Letters through Bromyard, which is the nearest money order office.

[Transcribed by Barbara E. Haner in February 2004
from a personal copy of Post Office Directory of Herefordshire, 1863]