Yarpole, Herefordshire Family History Guide

Yarpole is an Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Bircher.

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin: 1561

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Yarpole

Historical Descriptions


Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Yarpole, 4 m. N.W. Leominster. P. 606.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Yarpole (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Leominster, hundred of Wolphy, county of Hereford, 5 miles (N. N. W.) from Leominster; containing 606 inhabitants, of whom 349 are in the township of Yarpole. The parish consists, with the township of Bircher, of 2523 acres, of which 399 are common or waste land. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Croft, Herefordshire; impropriators, the Trustees of Lucton school, whose tithes have been commuted for £273, and those of the rector for £27; there are 23 acres of glebe.

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


Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bircher, included in Yarpole parish.

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


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.

Coleman Thomas, Highwood, Yarpole, Herefordshire; and Edward Willings, Ludlow, Salop; bankers, April 11, 1826.


Yarpole Herefordshire Lascelles & Co. Directory & Gazetteer of Herefordshire 1851

Yarpole is a small Parish four-and-a-half miles N.N.W. from Leominster.

The Church is small, with square tower. The Rev. Joseph Edwards, Vicar; Mr, Edwin Spencer, Churchwarden; Mr. Enoch Chamberlain, Clerk. Service –11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

Clergy And Gentry.

Beale Rev, Theodore, Birchill

Dunn Thomas, Esq., M.D., Magistrate, Birchill

Davies Mrs., High Wood

Marshall Thomas, Esq., Leys

O’Brien Mrs., Croft Lodge

Oakley Henry, Esq., R.N.

Trades, Framers, Etc.

Beavan Matthew, spade tree manufacturer

Broadhurst Richard, farmer and spade tree manufacturer, Pound House

Chamberlain Enoch, shoemaker

Chamberlain Thomas, blacksmith

George Henry, farmer, Birchill Common

Gough Edward, cider retailer

James Richard, farmer, Lady Meadow

Jones Benjamin, farmer

Jones John, farmer

Matthews Richard, farmer, Gate House

Mason Wm., Registrar of Births and Deaths; boot and shoemaker and shopkeeper

Moore George, farmer, Birchill

Preece Wm., farmer

Pritchard John, beer retailer

Spencer Ann, farmer, Birchill

Spencer Edwin, farmer

Stafford Jones, farmer

Stanton John, spade tree manufacturer

Spencer Wm., farmer

Taylor Wm., farmer

Source: Lascelles & Co. Directory & Gazetteer of Herefordshire; Swan Brothers, 45 Ann Street, Birmingham; 1851.


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