Whitbourne, Herefordshire - Post Office Directory, 1863


Extract from Post Office Directory of Herefordshire, 1863

Transcription by Barbara Haner © 2004


WHITBOURNE is an extensive parish, 10 miles north-west from Worcester (its post and railway town), 5 north-east from Bromyard, 19 east from Hereford, and 17 south-east from Leominster, in Broxash hundred, Bromyard union and county court district, Frome deanery, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric; it is situated on the turnpike road between Worcester and Leominster, and the river Teme bounds the parish. The church of St. John the Baptist is an old stone building, principally in the Norman style, with a Perpendicular tower containing 6 bells; the interior consists of nave, chancel, porch, and a lich gate. The register dates from 1597. The living is a rectory, value £535 yearly, with residence and 30 acres of glebe land; in the gift of the Bishop of the diocese; the Rev. Robert Biscoe, M.A., of Christ Church, Oxford, is the incumbent. Here is a Free school for boys and girls, with an average attendance of from 90 to 100. The population in 1861 was 891; the area is 3,056 acres. The soil is clayey upon gravel and sandstone. The Bishop of Hereford is lord of the manor, and John Freeman, Esq., is the chief landowner. The chief crops are wheat, beans, and hops. The principal seats are, Gaines, the residence of John Freeman, Esq., J.P., 1 mile from the church; and Whitbourne Court, the residence of C. J. La Trobe, Esq., formerly the residence of the Bishops of Hereford, adjoining the church..

Parish Clerk, Joseph Andrews.



Biscoe Rev. Robert, M.A., J.P., Rectory
Evans Edward Bickerton, esq., The Hall
Freeman John, esq., J.P., The Gaines
La Trobe Charles Joseph, esq., Whitbourne court


Andrews Joseph, tailor
Ashcroft Thomas, farmer
Ashcroft William, shoemaker
Burruston John, farmer, Rosemoor
Clarke Mark, farmer, Poswick lodge
Collins Edward, cooper
Collins Joseph, lath render
Collins Joseph, shoemaker
Collins Richard, carpenter
Crump William, shopkeeper
Davis William, farmer, New house
Dovey John, wheelwright, Meadow green
Drew Samuel, farmer, Tedney
Griffiths Joseph, machine owner, Ford
Gumery John, carpenter, Scaunts
Gumery Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Hill Isaac, blacksmith, Meadow green
Holmes John, farmer, Elmore's end
Holmes John, farmer, Lincetter
Jones John, farmer, Crumpleberry
Jones John, shopkeeper, Badley wood
Lawrence Hannah (Mrs.), farmer, Rosemoor
Masters William, farmer, Poplands
Maund Edwin, shoemaker, Badley wood
Morgan John, farmer, Broadburns
Oseland Edmund, butcher, Rosemoor
Perkins Lewis, farmer, Longlands
Pitt Samuel, Wheatsheaf inn, Sapey bridge
Rimmell Richard, jun., farmer, Upper Tedney
Rimmell Richard, sen., farmer, Lower Poswick
Ropier Thomas. stonemason
Shuard John, farmer, Red house
Smith Thomas, miller, Sapey bridge
Twinberrow James, farmer, Huntlands
Watkins William, cooper, Moorhall
Woodyatt William, farmer, Wishmoor

POST OFFICE.---Mrs. Mary Pingriff, Sapey bridge, receiver
Free School, William Dukes, master

CARRIERS TO WORCESTER.-W. Broadburn & Mary Lloyd, wednesday & saturday

Letters through Worcester arrive at 6.30 p.m.; dispatched at 6 a.m. The nearest money order office is at Bromyard

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