Marden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire. Amberley is a chapelry of Marden.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1616

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Parishes adjacent to Marden

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARDEN, a village, a township, and a parish in the district and county of Hereford. The village stands on the river Lug, adjacent to the Hereford and Shrewsbury railway, 1½ mile N of Moreton r. station, and 5 N by E of Hereford; and has a post office under Hereford. The township contains also the village of Wistaston, and comprises 3,671 acres. Pop., 899. Houses, 194. The parish includes likewise the township of Amberley, and comprises 4,048 acres. Real property, £7,833. Pop., 929. Houses, 201. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to T. Evans, Esq. Marden Court and Wistaston Court are chief residences. Sutton Walls was the site of the camp of Caractacus, and afterwards of the palace of King Offa; and commands an extensive and beautiful view. Grove hill is noted for commanding a still more extensive view, comprising portions of seven counties. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £247. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is ancient; was restored in 1859; consists of nave, aisles, chancel, and porches, with pinnacled tower and spire; and contains a fine brass to Lady Chute. A chapel is at Wistaston, and has a recent memorial window to W. Gwinnett, Esq. Another chapel is in Amberley, was long in ruin, and was recently restored. There are an endowed school with £20 a year, and charities £10. A well, formerly held in superstitions repute, is within the parish church, adjacent to the spot where the body of King Ethelbert was buried; and is fabled to have sprung up on the removal of the body to Hereford cathedral.

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

Marden, 4½ miles N.N.E. Hereford. P. 945.

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

Parish Records

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

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Marden, 1660-1866

Parish registers for Marden, 1600-1983


Herefordshire, Marden, monumental inscriptions


Census returns for Marden, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for the parish of Marden, 1795-1831


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

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