Aymestrey Kellys Herefordshire Directory 1863

English: Thatched cottage in good order in Aymestrey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aymestrey is a parish, comprising the townships of Aymestrey, Covenhope, Leinthall Earles, Lye, and Yatton; the village is distant 7½ miles north-west from Leominster (its post, railway, poor-law union, market and polling town), 2½ from Wigmore (at which place petty sessions are held), and 18 from Hereford (the county town), in the Leominster division of Wigmore hundred and partly in Stretford hundred, Leominster union and rural deanery of Leominster, North Herefordshire, Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric; it is situated on the Great Watling Street turnpike road, and on the river Lug, which is famous for its trout and grayling fishing. The church of St. John is an old stone building in the Early English style; it has a square tower containing 6 bells, an ancient monument (supposed to be to the memory of the founder and his wife), font, clock, and old register, and on the south side of the chancel is a fine specimen of herringbone masonry. The living is a vicarage, worth £400 yearly, including residence and about 30 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor; the Rev. John Rogers, M.A., of St. John’s College, Cambridge, is the incumbent, and the Rev. J. J. Peglar, B.A., curate. There is an Endowed school for boys and girls, and there is a Sunday school held at the school-room. Yatton Court, the property of Mrs. Lewis, is a modern stone building, pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Lug. There are quarries of limestone in the neighbourhood, possessing the peculiar strata for which Aymestrey is noted, and in the stone fossils are found. The population in 1861 was 855; the soil is loose gravelly land; the subsoil is limestone. T. Dunne, Esq., Sir Thomas Hastings, Lady Langdale, Lord Bateman, and Mrs. Lewis, are chief landowners. The chief crops are wheat and barley.

English: Leinthall Earls. House built from the local limestone. The village is dominated by a large quarry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Covenhope is a township, about 1 mile from the village.

Leintiiall Earles is a township and chapelry, 2 miles from the village.

Lye is a township, 2 miles from the village.

Yatton is a township, almost adjoining the village.

Shirley, Woodhampton, Old Shop, Haven, and Mortimer’s Cross are places in Aymestrey parish.

Parish Clerk, Francis Wall.


Edwards George, esq

Peglar Rev. John J. B.A. [curate]

Rogers Rev. John, M.A., J. P. [vicar], Vicarage

Woodhouse Thomas, esq

Bradford John, Mortimer’s Cross inn

Butler William, Crown inn

Childe Samuel, farmer, Old shop

Davies John Hunt, farmer, Shirley

Freeman John, carpenter

Hopton Timothy, farmer

Norris John, shopkeeper

Powell James, wheelwright

Stephens Francis, farmer, Aymestrey ct

Stokes Richard, boot & shoe maker & beer retailer

Thomas Richard, farmer

Webster Anthony, farmer

Wynde John, blacksmith

Letters are received through Leominster, which is the nearest money order office


Beven Thomas, wheelwright

Price William, farmer


Bounds Edward, farmer, Upper Lye

Crump ltichard, farmer, Lower Lye

Morgan Thomas, farmer, Upper Lye

Oliver James, farmer, Lower Lye

Preece Richard, farmer. Lower Lye

Price Richard, farmer, Lower Lye

Thomas Edward, farmer, Upper Lye


English: Yatton Farm It has been “barnconverted”. The scarp of Yatton Common, and the limestone hill between Yatton and Croft beyond. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lewis Mrs. Yatton court

Faulkner William, blacksmith

Griffiths Abraham, farmer

Hopton William, farmer

James John, farmer

Low James, farmer

Mason Thomas, farmer

Payne Thomas, mason

Pheasant John, shoemaker

Thompson John, miller

Endowed School, William Low, master; Mrs. Ellen Low, 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.