Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Much Marcle, Much Marcle with Yatton

Other places included in the parish: Kinnerson, Kynaston and Rushall, Rushill

Parish church: St. Bartholomew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1556
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

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Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARCLE (MUCH), a township in Ledbury district, and a parish partly also in Ross district, Hereford. The township lies adjacent to Gloucestershire, 5½ miles SW of Ledbury r. station, and 7 NE by N of Ross; and has a post office under Gloucester. Acres, 4,940. Real property, £10,310. Pop., 984. Houses, 197. The parish contains also the township of Yatton, and comprises 6,349 acres. Real property, £11,462. Pop., 1,209. Houses, 243. The manor belonged to the Lacies and the Mortimers; had a castle of the Mortimers; and belongs now to W. M. Kyrle, Esq., of whose family was the celebrated “Man of Ross.” Ellingham Castle stood at Quarrywood. A remarkable landslip occurred, on 17 Feb. 1575, at a place now called the Wonder. Marcle-hill there, on the evening of the 17th, began to move “with a horrible roaring noise; ”it kept moving till the 19th, carrying along with it trees, hedges, and cattle, and overthrowing in its progress the chapel of Kinnaston; and it eventually settled in its present position, with an elevation greater than it originally had. A chasm, 40 feet deep and about 30 feet long, remained where the hill originally stood. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Yatton, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £841. Patron, W. M. Kyrle, Esq. The church stands on a rising-ground, has a castellated tower, and contains monuments of the Mortimers. There are a national school with £6 a year from endowment, and charities £26.

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

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

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