Fownhope is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Fawleye and Fawley.

Alternative names: Fownhope with Fawley

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1661

Separate registers exist for Fawley: 1539

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions of Fownhope

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FOWNHOPE, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in the district and county of Hereford. The village stands on the river Wye, under a fine range of hills, 1 mile ESE of Holme-Lacey r. station, and 6¼ SE of Hereford; and has a post office under Hereford. The parish includes also the township-chapelry of Fawley. Acres, 4,723. Real property, £7,622; of which £75 are in quarries, and £15 in fisheries. Pop., 1,112. Houses, 244. The property is much subdivided. Two ancient camps occur a little N of the village; and one of them, on Capler hill, is double-trenched, bears the name of Woodbury camp, and commands a beautiful and extensive view. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Fawley, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, not reported. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. Both the parish church and Fawley church are good; and the former is mainly Norman, and contains objects of antiquarian interest. There are chapels for Baptists and Brethren. Endowed schools have £55; and other charities £20. The sub-district contains eight parishes and part of another. Acres, 19,079. Pop., 5,614. Houses, 1,165.

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

England and Wales Delineated Thomas Dugdale 1835

Fownhope. This parish is very pleasantly situated on the eastern banks of the Wye. In the neighbourhood are the remains of two ancient camps, one on Capler-hill, the summit of which commands some most beautiful and extensive prospects.

Source: England and Wales Delineated by Thomas Dugdale assisted by William Burnett; published by Tallis & Co., Green Arbour Court, Old Bailey, 1835.

Parish Registers

The Parish Registers Of Fownhope, Co. Hereford


Fownhope The Post Office Directory Of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and The City Of Bristol 1863

Fawley The Post Office Directory Of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and The City Of Bristol 1863

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


Fownhope Remembered: Change in a Herefordshire Village 1919-2000 by David M. Clark

Fownhope Beyond Memory: Change in a Herefordshire Village 1832-1919 by David M. Clark

Fownhope Its Church and Its People by GANGE Edmund Fortesque