Abbey Dore Herefordshire Family History


Abbey Dore is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Parish church: St. Mary
Parish registers begin: 1634

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Abbey Dore Herefordshire

Parishes adjacent to Abbey Dore

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Abbeydore, a village and a parish in the district and county of Hereford. The village stands on the river Dore, 2 miles NW of Pontrilas r. station, and 11 SW of Hereford; and has a post-office under Hereford. It is an old-fashioned place, and offers facilities for anglers. The parish comprises 5,390 acres. Real property, £4,593. Pop., 551. Houses, 99. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £680. Patrons, the co-heirs of the late duchess of Norfolk. A Cistertian abbey was founded here, by Robert de Ewyas, in the time of King Stephen; and passed at the dissolution, to the Scudamores. The present church belonged to the abbey, was recently repaired, and contains a fine pulpit, some beautiful painted windows, and several ancient monuments. Charities, £44.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A Fullerton & Co. N.d.c. [1870-72]. Continue reading “Abbey Dore Herefordshire Family History”

Abbey Dore The Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire 1873


Last updated on August 30th, 2017

During four centuries the Manor of Dore was in the possession of the Abbey of Cistercian monks founded within the limits of the parish by Robert de Ewyas at the beginning of King Stephen’s reign. The lands with which the Abbey was originally endowed cannot be identified with absolute certainty, but in the confirmation of grants dated 17 Hen. III. (1233) mention is made of “terra de Blancharbesal” as part of Robert de Ewyas’s gift, and of “tota plana terra quae est inter Blacapolam et Broc Justini (perhaps Blackmore and Jury brook) et dimidium boscum,” &c. The Abbey was subsequently enriched by numerous gifts of lands and especially by a grant from King John of all the land, wood and open, lying between the river Dore and the brook Trivel. The Granges in the parish still so called at the commencement of the last century were the following :—Hollin Grange, Morehampton, Newborough, Newbrook, Chapell Grange, Kingston and New Grange—and their number and position indicate pretty accurately the extent of the Abbey’s possessions. Continue reading “Abbey Dore The Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire 1873”

Abbey Dore Kellys Herefordshire Directory 1863

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Abbey Dore, or Dore, is a parish, union place, and village, 2 miles north-west from Pontrilas railway station, 13 south-west from Hereford, 14 west from Ross, and about 138 from London, in Webtree hundred, Weobley rural deanery, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric. Petty sessions are held here at the police station, and it is a union of 27 parishes and townships in Hereford, viz.: Abbey Dore, Bacton, Craswall, Dulas, Ewyas Harold, Kenderchurch or Howton. Kentchurch, Kilpeck, Kingstone, Llancillo, Llanveynoe, Longtown, Madley, Michaelchurch Eskley, Newton, Orcop, Peterchurch, Rowlstone, St. Devereux, St. Margaret, Thruxton, Tiberton, Treville, Turnastone, Vowchurch, Walterstone and Wormbridge. It is situated on the river Dore, which is celebrated for its trout, and from which the parish derives it name; it is also in the Golden Valley, and near the Newport, Abergavenny, and Hereford railway. The church of St. Mary is a very large and handsome old stone building, with fine square tower in the Norman style, in good repair; it formerly belonged to the Cistercian Abbey, founded here in the reign of King Stephen by Robert Ewais; it has a spacious nave and chancel, north and south aisles, porch, font, and three beautiful stained glass windows, a monument to Robert Ewais, the founder, one to General Clifford, one to a Knight Templar, and several other monuments and tablets, and a remarkable stone coffin, which was found under the church, Date of register, 1634. Continue reading “Abbey Dore Kellys Herefordshire Directory 1863”

Abbey Dore or Dore Cassey Directory of Herefordshire 1858

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Abbey Dore, is a parish, Union place, and village, 2 miles north-west from Pontrilas railway station, 11 south-west from Hereford, 14 west from Ross, and about 138 from London, in Webtree Hundred; petty sessions are held here, and it is a Union of 28 parishes and townships; it is in Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric; it is situated on the river Dore, which is celebrated for its trout, and from which the parish derives its name; it is also in the Golden Valley, and near the Newport, Abergavenny, and Hereford railway. Here was formerly an abbey of White Monks, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin; it was built by Robert de Ewias, youngest son of Harold, lord of Ewais. At the time of its suppression, it consisted of an abbot and eight religious, and was valued at £101 5s. 2d. per annum; soon after this the chapter-house, cloisters, and other buildings of the abbey were pulled down, and the materials sold, together with part of the church, it was built in the cathedral form, and its architecture was very elegant; during the reign of Charles I, John, Viscount Scudamore obtained a license to re-build this fabric, and though it was not entirely re-built, it underwent considerable repairs, and in the year 1634 was re-consecrated by Theophilus Field, bishop of St. David’s. Continue reading “Abbey Dore or Dore Cassey Directory of Herefordshire 1858”