Weobley Herefordshire Family History Guide

Weobley is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Nunslands.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Weobly

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1635
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WEOBLY, a decayed town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Herefordshire. The town stands 3¼ miles N of Moorhampton r. station, and 12½ NW of Hereford; had a castle, which Stephen took in 1141 from Queen Maud, which the Welsh captured in 1207, and which is now represented by a grassy mound; sent two members to parliament from the time of Edward I., till disfranchised by the reform act of 1832; is a seat of petty-sessions; and has a post-office designated Weobly, Herefordshire, an inn, a fine ancient church, restored in 1866, a Primitive Methodist chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed grammar-school with £50 a year, an endowed national school with £10, a workhouse, alms houses, minor charities £12, and fairs on 8 May and 17 Oct. The parish comprises 3,309 acres. Real property, £5,615. Pop., 849. Houses, 167. The manor belonged to the Lacys; and passed to the Verdons, the Devereuxs, and others. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £290. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The sub-district contains 18 parishes, and comprises 28,407 acres. Pop., 5,317. Houses, 1,066. The district includes Dilwyn sub-district, and comprises 48,959 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £4,721. Pop. in 1851, 8,718; in 1861, 9,018. Houses, 1,870. Marriages in 1863, 41; births 270, of which 28 were illegitimate; deaths, 188, of which 54 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 465; births, 2,524; deaths, 1,736. The places of worship, in 1851, were 26 of the Church of England, with 4,961 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 35 s.; 3 of Wesleyans, with 165 s.; 10 of Primitive Methodists, with 486 s.; 1 of Moravians, with 70 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 90 s. The schools were 18 public day-schools, with 898 scholars; 10 private day-schools, with 129 s.; and 10 Sunday schools, with 908 s.

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Coutes John, Weobley, Herefordshire, tanner, Nov. 17, 1821.

Maskell Richard, Weobley, Herefordshire, carrier & shoemaker, May 15, 1838.

Williams Richard, Weobley. Herefordshire, draper and grocer, Oct. 19, 1830.

Yapp John Pike, Weobley, Herefordshire, grocer and druggist, Dec. 3, 1841.

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)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


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