Ashperton, Herefordshire Family History Guide

Ashperton is a chapelry of Stretton Grandison Ancient Parish in Herefordshire.

Parish church: St. Bartholomew

Parish registers begin: 1538

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Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHPERTON, a parish in Ledbury district, Hereford; on the Worcester and Hereford railway, near the river Frome, 5 miles NW of Ledbury. It has a station on the railway; and its Post Town is Ledbury. Acres, 1,741. Real property, £3,199. Pop., 534. Houses, 105. The property is divided among a few. The living is a p. curacy annexed to the vicarage of Stretton-Grandison, in the diocese of Hereford. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ashperton, 7 miles N.W. Ledbury. P. 604

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Ashperton Kelly’s Herefordshire and Shropshire Directory 1941

Ashperton is a village and parish, on the road from Ledbury to Leominster, bounded on the north-west by the river Frome, with a station 1 mile distant on the Hereford and Worcester section of the Great Western railway, 6 miles north-west from Ledbury, in the Leominster division of the county, hundred of Radlow, rural district, county court district, petty sessional division and rural deanery of Ledbury, archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Bartholomew is an ancient cruciform building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transept, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: the east window and two others in the chancel are stained: the church was restored in 1840 and in 1934: there are 200 sittings.  The register dates from the year 1537.  The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Stretton Grandison, joint net yearly value £580, in the gift of Mrs. Hopton, and held since 1934 by the Rev. Clement Stewart Garbett, who resides at Stretton Grandison.  The charities amount to £27 yearly.  On the village green is a Celtic cross, bearing at the foot the names of the men of Ashperton, Canon Frome, Stretton Grandison and Eggleton who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; the cross was unveiled on 2nd October, 1921, by Lt.-Gen. Sir William Pitcairn Campbell K.C.B.  A village hall was erected in 1924.  Mrs. Hopton is lady of the manor and the principal landowner.  The soil is stiff clay; subsoil, clay.  The chief crops are hops, wheat, beans and fruit.  The area is 1,693 acres of land and inland water; population in 1931 was 290.

Letters through Ledbury.  Canon Frome is the nearest M. O. & T. office

Police Station.
Railway Station (G. W.)

Private Residents.

(For T N’s see general list of Private Residents at end of book)

Hopkins Reginald James, Canon Frome Estate office
Lloyd Mrs. M., The Wharf house
Spencer William Hy. Blacklands villa

Marked thus * farm 150 acres or over.

Ashwin Rd. bailiff to F. Cliff esq. Lower Town
Baldwin Fredk. farmer & hop grower, Lower Town
Bevan John, farmer
Box Bush P.H. (Andrew Laurie)
* Bradstock Percy E. farmer & hop grower; breeder of pedigree Hereford cattle, Free town (letters through Tarrington, Hereford). TN Tarrington 238
Caffelle Fredk. saddler
Cowell Kate Eliz. (Mrs.), farmer & hop grower, Tuston farm. Trumpet 72
Cox Sydney, smallholder, Woodend
* Davies Herbert, farmr. Wassington
Davies Wm. farmer, Poppinger
Deem Hy. Cottage farmer, Hackers green
Holtham Mary (Mrs.), smallholder
Lanceley Beatrice (Miss), shopkpr
Meates John & Sons Limited, coal merchants, Railway station
Powell Alice (Mrs.), cottage farmer, Spring gro.  Woodend
Powell Harold S. farmer & hop grower, Moorend. Trumpet 80
* Rimell Wm. Jn. Farmer & hop grower. Pridewood.  Trumpet 57
South Wales Coal Co. (Edwin Morgan, agt.), Railway station
Tuck Harold Powell, baker.  Trumpet 49
Watkins Muriel (Mrs.), baker.  Trumpet 46

Source: Kelly’s Directory of Herefordshire & Shropshire 1941, published by Kelly’s Directories Ltd 1941. Reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers Kelly’s Directories Ltd and Reed Business Information

Ashperton Kellys Herefordshire Directory 1863

Ashperton, 6 miles north-west from Ledbury, on the Hereford and Worcester railway, is a parish, in Radlow hundred, Ledbury union, rural deanery of South Frome, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric. The church of St. Bartholomew Is an old building of stone, having a porch and square castellated tower containing 4 bells. The date of the earliest register is 1537. The living Is a chapelry annexed to the vicarage of Stretton Grandison; joint annual value £600, in the gilt of the Rev. John Hopton, M.A., of Canon Frome Court, and held by the Rev. John Buckle, M.A., St. Mary's Hall, Oxon. There is a National mixed school for 80 children. The population in 1861 was 534; acreage 1,715. The Rev. John Hopton, M.A. is chief landowner. It is in Ledbury county court district.

Parish Clerk, John Chamberlain.


Buckle Rev. John, M.A. Parsonage

Gregg Sidney, esq

Able John, farmer. Vicarage farm

Burgwin George, beer retlr. & shopkpr

Cale Jeremiah, coal, timber & cider merchant, & farmer

Cale William, spade tree maker

Chamberlain John, shopkpr & parish clk

Dutson Joseph, wheelwright

Dutson Thomas, farmer & hop grower, Verzons

Dutson William, carpenter

Fenn Thomas, tailor, Woodsend

Fincher Thomas, shopkeeper

Howell Edward, butcher

Howells Caroline (Miss), shopkeeper

Humphreys William, smith

Johnson Joseph, carpenter

Lane Robert, farmer, Tuston's farm

Palmer John, farmer, Woodsend

Philpotts Thomas, farmer, Hausnet

Pitt Stephen, farmer, Wassington

Pudge James, farmer, Moorend

Simmonds Edward, shoemaker

Taylor Thomas, farmer, Roaks

Taylor Thomas, wheelwright

Treherne Henry, farmer, Lower town

Woodyatt Rebecca (Mrs.), farmer, Lower town

National Mixed School, Charles Humphrey, master; Miss Elizabeth Bevan, mistress.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

Ashperton Cassey Directory of Herefordshire 1858

Ashperton, 6 miles north-west from Ledbury, on the Hereford and Gloucester canal, is a parish in Radlow Hundred, Ledbury Union, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric.  The living is attached to Stretton Grandison, of which John Graves is vicar.  The church is an old building of stone, having a porch and square castellated tower containing 4 bells.  There is a new school lately erected, of plain but handsome exterior and very commodious within, for 80 children.  Ashperton is generally considered as a chapelry to Stretton Grandison mother church.  Population, in 1851, 517; acreage, 1,715.

Letters through Ledbury, which is the nearest money order office.


Buckley Rev. John

Bayne Wm., registrar of births and deaths for Yarkhill district

Brazier Ann, beer retailer

Caldwell Peter, farm bailiff to the Rev. John Hopton, M.A., Mainstone court

Cale Jeremiah, agent to the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Co.

Chamberlain John, shopkeeper and parish clerk

Dutson Joseph, wheelwright

Dutson William, builder and carpenter

Fenn Thomas, tailor, Woodsend

Gillier Thos., solicitor

Howell Edward, butcher

Howell Elizabeth, shopkeeper

Humphriss Wm., smith

Johnson Joseph, carpenter

Simmonds Edward, shoemaker

Taylor Thomas, wheelwright

Thomas Miss, Lower Town


Able John, Vicarage farm

Dutzon Thomas, (& hop grower) Verzons

Fincher Jane, Piccadilly

Lane Robert, Tuston’s farm

Palmer John, Woodsend

Philpotts Thomas, Hausnet

Pitt Stephen, Wassington

Pudge James, Moorend

Taylor Thomas, Roaks

Woodyatt Mrs., Lower Town

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.: History, Topography, and Directory of Herefordshire. Printed by William Bailey, 107, Fishergate 1858.

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  • County: Herefordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Ledbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Frome
  • Poor Law Union: Ledbury
  • Hundred: Radlow
  • Province: Canterbury