Weobley  Herefordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Weobley like this:

WEOBLY, a decayed town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Herefordshire. The town stands 3¼ miles N of Moorhampton r. station, and 12½ NW of Hereford; had a castle, which Stephen took in 1141 from Queen Maud, which the Welsh captured in 1207, and which is now represented by a grassy mound; sent two members to parliament from the time of Edward I., till disfranchised by the reform act of 1832; is a seat of petty-sessions; and has a post-office‡ designated Weobly, Herefordshire, an inn, a fine ancient church, restored in 1866, a Primitive Methodist chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed grammar-school with £50 a year, an endowed national school with £10, a workhouse, alms houses, minor charities £12, and fairs on 8 May and 17 Oct.—The parish comprises 3,309 acres. ...

Real property, £5,615. Pop., 849. Houses, 167. The manor belonged to the Lacys; and passed to the Verdons, the Devereuxs, and others. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £290.* Patron, the Bishop of Worcester.—The sub-district contains 18 parishes, and comprises 28,407 acres. Pop., 5,317. Houses, 1,066.—The district includes Dilwyn sub-district, and comprises 48,959 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £4,721. Pop. in 1851, 8,718; in 1861, 9,018. Houses, 1,870. Marriages in 1863, 41; births 270,-of which 28 were illegitimate; deaths, 188,-of which 54 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 465; births, 2,524; deaths, 1,736. The places of worship, in 1851, were 26 of the Church of England, with 4,961 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 35 s.; 3 of Wesleyans, with 165 s.; 10 of Primitive Methodists, with 486 s.; 1 of Moravians, with 70 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 90 s. The schools were 18 public day-schools, with 898 scholars; 10 private day-schools, with 129 s.; and 10 Sunday schools, with 908 s.

Weobley through time

Weobley is now part of Herefordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Herefordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Weobley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Weobley in Herefordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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