Bromyard, Herefordshire Family History Guide

Bromyard is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Herefordshire. Brockhampton is a chapelry of Bromyard.

Other places in the parish include: Linton, Winslow, and Norton.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Bromyard

Historical Descriptions

Bromyard

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BROMYARD, a small town, a parish, a subdistrict, and a district, in Hereford. The town stands on the river Frome, 9 miles E of Dinmore r. station, and 14 NE of Hereford. It has pleasant, well wooded, hilly environs; it consists of a few very irregularly formed streets, many of the houses old and wooden; it sent members to parliament in the time of Edward I., and is now a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; and it has a post office‡ under Worcester, a banking office, two chief inns, a church, three dissenting chapels, a free grammar school, and a suite of alms-houses. The church is partly Saxon and Norman; consists of nave, chancel, aisles, and porch, with a tower; was recently repaired; contains an ancient altar-tomb of a Baskerville, a monument of the Rev. P. Jackson, and a number of other monuments; and was anciently collegiate for three prebendaries. A weekly market is held on Monday; a monthly market, toll free, on the first Monday of every month; and fairs on the last Monday of Jan., the Thursday before 25 March, 3 May, Whit-Monday, the Thursday before 25 July, and the Thursday before 29 Oct. Real property, £3,858. Pop., 1,385. Houses, 280. A railway, called the Worcester, Bromyard, and Leominster, 24½ miles long, to go from the West Midland at Bransford Bridge to the Shrewsbury and Hereford at Leominster, was authorized in 1861, and was near completion in June 1869. The parish contains also the townships of Winslow, Linton, and Norton. Acres, including Brockhampton, 8,611. Real property, £16,689. Pop., 2,995. Houses, 616. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Brockhampton, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £600. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester.

The subdistrict contains the parishes of Stoke-Lacy, Morton-Jefferies, Felton, Little Cowarne, Ullingswick, Wacton, Bredenbury, Grendon-Bishop, and Pencombe-with-Grendon-Warren, and part of the parish of Bromyard. Acres, 17,542. Pop., 3,656. Houses, 742. The district comprehends also the subdistrict of Bishops-Frome, containing the parishes of Ocle-Pitchard, Much-Cowarne, Evesbatch, Cradley, Stanford-Bishop, Avenbury, and Acton-Beauchamp, the last electorally in Worcester, and most of the parish of Bishops-Frome; also the subdistrict of Brockhampton, containing the parishes of Brockhampton, Whitbourne, Tedstone-Delamere, Tedstone-Wafer, Uppersapey, Wolferlow, Collington, Edvin-Ralph, Thornbury-with-Netherwood, Lower Sapey, and Edvin-Loach, the last two electorally in Worcester, the extra-parochial tract of Saltmarsh, and part of the parishes of Bromyard and Brockleton. Acres, 61,659. Poor-rates in 1866, £7,643. Pop. in 1861, 11,811. Houses, 2,444. Marriages in 1866, 59; births, 361, of which 39 were illegitimate; deaths, 216, of which 66 were at ages under 5 years, and 9 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years, 1851-60, 712; births, 3,556; deaths, 2,311. The places of worship in 1851 were 30 of the Church of England, with 5,147 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 610 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 150 s.; 3 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 210 s.; 7 of Primitive Methodists, with 385 s.; 1 of Lady Huntingdon’s Connexion, with 140 s.; 1 of Brethren, with 70 s.; and 2 of Latter Day Saints, with 85 s. The schools were 17 public day schools, with 766 scholars; 18 private day schools, with 203 s.; and 19 Sunday schools, with 726 s. The workhouse is in Linton township.

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

Bromyard, 125 miles W. London. Market, Tues. P. 2927.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Bromyard (St. Peter), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Broxash, county of Hereford, 14 miles (N. E.) from Hereford, and 126 (N. W. by W.) from London; containing 2927 inhabitants. The town is pleasantly situated on the road from Worcester to Hereford, near the river Frome, in a rich and fertile district, abounding with orchards and hop plantations; and consists of several well-paved streets. Races are held annually on the Downs, an extensive common adjoining the town, and are generally well attended. The market, chiefly for live stock, butter, cheese, and poultry, is on Monday; and fairs are held on the last Monday in Jan., the Thursday before the 25th of March, May 3rd, the Thursday before St. James’s-day, and the Thursday before the 29th of October. Petty-sessions for the district are held on Monday, at Dumbleton Hall, an ancient mansion, purchased by subscription, and appropriated as a town-hall, containing a spacious courtroom for the sessions. Courts leet and baron are also held twice in the year under the Bishop of Hereford, who is lord of the manor. The parish, including the chapelry of Brockhampton, and the townships of Winslow, Norton, and Linton, comprises 7921 acres, of which 202 are in the town of Bromyard; the land is in a high state of cultivation, producing hops of excellent quality, of which there are nearly 700 acres under cultivation. The surface is varied with hills, and the lower grounds are watered by a brook that flows through the parish into the river Frome. The living consists of a sinecure rectory and a vicarage ; the rectory, of which the net income is £612, is divided into three portions, and in the gift of the Bishop of Hereford ; and the vicarage, of which the net income is £600, is in the patronage of the Portionists. The church is an ancient and spacious structure, in the Norman style, and contains a curious font. Brockhampton chapel, in the township of Norton, recently built by the Barneby family, is a handsome edifice in the later English style. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, and Primitive Methodists. The free grammar school was founded by Queen Elizabeth, and endowed with £16. 14. 11 1/2. per annum, subsequently augmented with £20 per annum, by John Perrin, Esq., alderman and goldsmith of London, in 1656 : Mr. Perrin also endowed a weekly divinity lecture by six beneficed clergymen, to be elected by the churchwardens and 12 of the principal inhabitants of this, his native parish, with several other benefactions, for which the Goldsmiths’ Company are trustees, and who, in 1835, entirely rebuilt the grammar school. A national school, in which are 100 girls, is supported by endowment. An alms-house was founded in the reign of Charles II., by Phineas Jackson, forty years vicar of the parish, who also founded various others, in which seven aged widows are comfortably provided for. The poor law union of Bromyard comprises 33 parishes or places, of which 30 are in the county of Hereford, and 3 in that of Worcester ; and contains a population of 11,494.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bromyard, co. Hereford.

London 125 m. NW.; Hereford 13½ m. NE. Pop. 1227. M. D. Tu. Fairs, Th. bef. March 25; May 3; Whit. Mon.; Th. bef. St. James; July 25; Th. bef. Oct. 29; for horned cattle, horses, and sheep.

A market-town and parish in the hundred of Broxash, situated near the river Frome, between Hereford and Worcester. It is small and irregularly built; and a large proportion of the houses is of wood. The living is a rectory and vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford; the rectory is in three portions, charged, respectively, 6l. in K. B., and the vicarage 9l. 10s. 7½d.; patron of the rectory the Bishop of Hereford, and of the vicarage, the three portionists. The church, ded. to St. Peter, is a handsome edifice, pleasantly situated in the midst of orchards. It is of Saxon origin, and contains some ancient monuments. Much business is done at the market and fairs.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Linton

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Linton, a township in the parish of Bromyard, county of Hereford; 3 miles south-east of Bromyard. Here is a daily school. Acres 2,630. Houses 98. A. P. £3,261. Pop., in 1801, 465; in 1831, 500. Poor rates, in 1838, £214 1s.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Linton, in Bromyard parish. P. 610

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

Norton

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Norton, in Bromyard parish. P. 588.

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

Winslow

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Winslow, in Bromyard parish. P. 424.

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

Parish Records

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583-1898

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

 

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Directories

Bromyard Herefordshire Universal Directory 1791

Bankrupts

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.

Amiss James, Bromyard, Hereford, victualler and grocer, April 30, 1822.

Baggott James, Bromyard, Hereford, wool dealer and skinner, Jan. 16, 1821.

Benbow Thomas, Bromyard, Herefordshire, draper, May 14, 1822.

Bray Philip, Bromyard, Herefordshire, potatoe and pig dealer, April 19, 1839.

Administration

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