Much Marcle  Herefordshire


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

MARCLE (MUCH), a township in Ledbury district, and a parish partly also in Ross district, Hereford. The township lies adjacent to Gloucestershire, 5½ miles SW of Ledbury r. station, and 7 NE by N of Ross; and has a post office under Gloucester. Acres, 4,940. Real property, £10,310. ...

Pop., 984. Houses, 197. The parish contains also the township of Yatton, and comprises 6,349 acres. Real property, £11,462. Pop., 1,209. Houses, 243. The manor belonged to the Lacies and the Mortimers; had a castle of the Mortimers; and belongs now to W. M. Kyrle, Esq., of whose family was the celebrated "Man of Ross." Ellingham Castle stood at Quarrywood. A remarkable landslip occurred, on 17 Feb. 1575, at a place now called the Wonder. Marcle-hill there, on the evening of the 17th, began to move "with a horrible roaring noise; ''it kept moving till the 19th, carrying along with it trees, hedges, and cattle, and overthrowing in its progress the chapel of Kinnaston; and it eventually settled in its present position, with an elevation greater than it originally had. A chasm, 40 feet deep and about 30 feet long, remained where the hill originally stood. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Yatton, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £841.* Patron, W. M. Kyrle, Esq. The church stands on a rising-ground, has a castellated tower, and contains monuments of the Mortimers. There are a national school with £6 a year from endowment, and charities £26.

Much Marcle through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 20th May 2024

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