Vowchurch is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Mornington and Straddle.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Bartholomew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1642
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1670

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Primitive Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

VOWCHURCH, a parish, with two townships, in the district and county of Hereford; 6¼ miles NW of St. Devereux r. station, and 10 W by S of Hereford. Post town, Peterchurch, under Hereford. Acres, 2,690. Real property, £3,380. Pop, 333. Houses, 71. The manor belongs to W. S. Wood, Esq. There is an ancient camp. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £232. Patron, the Prebendary of Putson-Major. The church is old. Charities, £17.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Vowchurch (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Dore, hundred of Webtree, county of Hereford, 10 miles (W. by S.) from Hereford; containing 355 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the Golden valley, on the river Dore, celebrated as a fine trout stream, is also intersected by the road from Hereford to Hay, and comprises 2583a. 3r. 33p., whereof 1022 acres are arable, 1223 meadow and pasture, and 338 woodland and coppice. Stone is quarried, chiefly for building and tiling. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £5. 9.; net income, £200; patron and appropriator, the Prebendary of Putson Major in the Cathedral of Hereford. The church is very ancient, and remarkable for its fine oak roof supported on large pillars of the same material. There was a chapel at Monington-Straddel, but it was pulled down some years since, there being at the time no resident clergyman. A free school is partly supported with the interest of £100; and there are some small bequests for charitable purposes. In the neighbourhood is an old square encampment.

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.

Parish Records

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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

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Migration and Naturalisation Records

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Newspaper Archives

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Census Records

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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)

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