Bodenham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Fenn and Fern, The Moor, The Vern, Venn and Vern, Whitchurch Maund, Bryan Maund, and Bowley.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1584
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Bodenham

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BODENHAM, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Leominster, Hereford. The village stands near the river Lug, 2 ½ miles E of Dinmore r. station, and 6 ½ SSE of Leominster; and it has a post office under Leominster, and was once a market-town. The parish includes also the townships of Bowley, Bryan-Maund, Whitchurch-Maund, and the Moor. Acres, 5,260. Real property, £7,463. Pop., 1,096. Houses, 231. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £686. Patron, John Arkwright, Esq. The church is ancient and good; and has an incomplete spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed school with £30, and other charities with £24. The subdistrict comprises six parishes, parts of two other parishes, and a chapelry. Acres, 24,884. Pop., 4,021. Houses, 846.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Bodenham, a parish in the hund. of Broxash, union of Leominster, county of Hereford; 8 miles north-north-east of Hereford. Living, a vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Hereford; rated at £12 1s. 5½d.; gross income £686. Patron, in 1835, R. Arkwright, Esq. The great and small tithes, the property of the bishop of Hereford, clerical rector and vicar, were commuted in 1802. Here are 2 daily schools, and a National one, endowed with £30 per annum. There is an endowment for poor housekeepers not receiving parochial aid. Pop., in 1801, 887; in 1831, 998. Houses 199. Acres 5,550, of which about 270 are in hops. A. P. £5,661. Poor rates, in 1837, £400.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bodenham, 6 m. S.W. Bromyard. P. 1017

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

Parish Records


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