Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BROMYARD

BROMYARD, a small town, a parish, a subdistrict, and a district, in Hereford. The town stands on the river Frome, 9 miles E of Dinmore r. station, and 14 NE of Hereford. It has pleasant, well wooded, hilly environs; it consists of a few very irregularly formed streets, many of the houses old and wooden; it sent members to parliament in the time of Edward I., and is now a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; and it has a post office‡ under Worcester, a banking office, two chief inns, a church, three dissenting chapels, a free grammar school, and a suite of alms-houses. The church is partly Saxon and Norman; consists of nave, chancel, aisles, and porch, with a tower; was recently repaired; contains an ancient altar-tomb of a Baskerville, a monument of the Rev. P. Jackson, and a number of other monuments; and was anciently collegiate for three prebendaries. A weekly market is held on Monday; a monthly market, toll free, on the first Monday of every month; and fairs on the last Monday of Jan., the Thursday before 25 March, 3 May, WhitMonday, the Thursday before 25 July, and the Thursday before 29 Oct. Real property, £3,858. Pop., 1,385. Houses, 280. A railway, called the Worcester, Bromyard, and Leominster, 24½ miles long, to go from the West Midland at Bransford Bridge to the Shrewsbury and Hereford at Leominster, was authorized in 1861, and was near completion in June 1869.—The parish contains also the townships of Winslow, Linton, and Norton. Acres, including Brockhampton, 8,611. Real property, £16,689. Pop., 2,995. Houses, 616. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Brockhampton, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £600.* Patron, the Bishop of Worcester.

The subdistrict contains the parishes of Stoke-Lacy, Morton-Jefferies, Felton, Little Cowarne, Ullingswick, Wacton, Bredenbury, Grendon-Bishop, and Pencombewith-Grendon-Warren, and part of the parish of Bromyard. Acres, 17,542. Pop., 3,656. Houses, 742. The district comprehends also the subdistrict of Bishops-Frome, containing the parishes of Ocle-Pitchard, Much-Cowarne, Evesbatch, Cradley, Stanford-Bishop, Avenbury, and Acton-Beauchamp, the last electorally in Worcester, and most of the parish of Bishops-Frome; also the subdistrict of Brockhampton, containing the parishes of Brockhampton, Whitbourne, Tedstone-Delamere, Tedstone-Wafer, Uppersapey, Wolferlow, Collington, Edvin-Ralph, Thornbury-with-Netherwood, Lower Sapey, and Edvin-Loach, the last two electorally in Worcester, the extra-parochial tract of Saltmarsh, and part of the parishes of Bromyard and Brockleton. Acres, 61,659. Poor-rates in 1866, £7,643. Pop. in 1861, 11,811. Houses, 2,444. Marriages in 1866, 59; births, 361,-of which 39 were illegitimate; deaths, 216,-of which 66 were at ages under 5 years, and 9 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years, 1851-60, 712; births, 3,556; deaths, 2,311. The places of worship in 1851 were 30 of the Church of England, with 5,147 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 610 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 150 s.; 3 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 210 s.; 7 of Primitive Methodists, with 385 s.; 1 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, with 140 s.; 1 of Brethren, with 70 s.; and 2 of Latter Day Saints, with 85 s. The schools were 17 public day schools, with 766 scholars; 18 private day schools, with 203 s.; and 19 Sunday schools, with 726 s. The workhouse is in Linton township.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a parish, a subdistrict, and a district"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Bromyard AP/CP       Bromyard SubD       Bromyard SubD       Bromyard RegD/PLU       Herefordshire AncC
Place: Bromyard

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