Bosbury is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Upleadon and Catley.

Parish church: Holy Trinity

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Bosbury

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOSBURY, a village and a parish in Ledbury district, Hereford. The village stands on the river Leddon, under the Malvern hills, 3 miles WNW of Colwall r. station, and 4 N by W of Ledbury; and has a post office under Ledbury. The parish includes the parochial divisions of Upleadon and Catley. Acres, 4,769. Real property, £8,499. Pop., 1,090. Houses, 234. The property is much subdivided. An old building, now used as a farmhouse, was once a seat of the Bishops of Hereford. The parish is a meet for the Ledbury hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £337. Patron, the Bishop of Hereford. The church is ancient and good. A grammar school has £90 from endowment; other charities £33.

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

Bosbury with Upleader [sic], a parish in the hund. of Radlow, union of Ledbury, county of Hereford; 4 miles north by west of Ledbury, Living, a discharged vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Hereford, valued at £10 3s. 8d.; gross income £379; in the patronage of the bishop of Hereford. This parish possesses a daily school, and two Sunday schools. In addition to these there is a school here, endowed by Sir Rowland Morton with lands and houses; but having been thrown into the chancery, the revenues are swallowed up by law expenses, the houses dilapidated, the school-room shut up, and the tenants now refuse to pay the rents. Pop., in 1801, 776; in 1831, 1061. Houses 224. Acres 5,200; upwards of 200 acres of hops are grown. A. P. £5,760. Poor rates, in 1837, £718.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bosbury with Upleadon, 4 miles N. Ledbury. P. 1137

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Daniel Philip Howe, Bosbury, Herefordshire, cider merchant, July 4, 1834.


Bosbury Cassey Directory of Herefordshire 1858

Bosbury is a parish, and village, in Radlow Hundred, Ledbury Union, 4 ½ miles from Ledbury, and about 145 from London. There is a church. The living is a rectory. There is a National school for boys and girls. The population, in 1851, was 1,133, and the acreage 4,769 acres. For parish purposes the township is divided into Bosbury, Upleadon, and Catley parochial divisions. This is a cider district. The soil is a deep heavy clay.

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


Bishop William, grocer

Chadd James, shoemaker

Chadd Joseph, parish clerk

Crouch Thomas, miller, Lower mill

Furlong Elisha, shopkeeper

Gardiner Thomas, butcher

Godfrey Richard, bailiff, Riddings

Harding Hannah, cider retailer

Higgins Edward, Esq., J.P., Bosbury house

Hyatt Matthew E, miller, Stapelow court

Jennings Williams, cooper

Lewis John, Bell Inn, and shopkeeper

Orgee Kenlin, beer retailer

Phillips Mrs. Jane, shopkeeper & postmistress

Shaw John, beer retailer

Stanhope Rev. Mr., incumbent

Thomas David, shopkeeper


Berry Edward, New house
Bosley Thomas, Bentleys

Burrows Alfred Job, Grange

Colder Joseph, Slatch

Carwardine James, Dowding’s Brook

Cook William, Merrings

Drinkwater Thomas, Sugarcroft

Gardiner Joseph, Paddles

Hickman Richard, the Farm

Inett Thomas, Old court

Lewis Henry, Swinemoor

Maddox Joseph, Upper Catleys

Morris Thomas, Upper mill

Mutlow James, Gold hill

Mutlow John, Coal green

Newman Joseph, Upper Leddon

Palmer John, Dog farm

Palmer John, Towning

Palmer William, Note house

Pitt William, Temple court

Ricketts Thomas, Helms

Smith Edward, Catley’s cross

Spencer Edward, Woodlow

Treherne Henry, Upper Catley

Voab William, Old Country

Welland James, Nash end

Wood John, Strangewood Broad Oak

Wood Thomas, Broad Oak

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


  • 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

Similar Posts