Kenchester Herefordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1757
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1663

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Madley
  • Stretton Sugwas
  • Credenhill
  • Mansel Lacy
  • Eaton Bishop
  • Brinsop

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KENCHESTER, a parish in the district and county of Hereford; on the Hereford and Brecon railway, 1 mile W by N of Credenhill r. station, and 5½ WNW of Hereford. Post town, Bishopstone, under Hereford. Acres, 533. Real property, £1,136. Pop., 100. Houses, 23. The property is divided among a few. A Roman station was here, called Magna Castra by Antonine, Kenceastre by the Saxons, and Ariconinm by Camden; and Roman roads went hence to Worcester and Wroxeter. The station occupied upwards of fifty acres; was of irregularly hexagonal outline; and had two openings to the W, and two to the N. Traces exist of small portions of the walls, of a temple at the E, and of a niche of Roman brick and mortar, called "the chair;" and vaults, a hypocaust, an altar, tesselated pavements, urns, coins, and other Roman relics have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £182. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, and measures only 50 feet by 17.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch - Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Kenchester, 1663-1847

Parish registers for Kenchester, 1757-1951


Census returns for Kenchester, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for the parish of Kenchester, 1783-1830


Vision of Britain historical maps


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