Birley, Herefordshire

Extract from Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7
with Private and Commercial Residents

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2002

BIRLEY is a small parish and village, distant 5 miles S.W. of Leominster, 4 E. of Weobley, and 10 N.W. of Hereford; in Stretford hundred, Weobley union, petty sessional division, and polling district, and Leominster county court district. The population in 1861 was 190; in 1871, 180; inhabited houses, 36; families or separate occupiers, 37; area of parish, 973a. 0r. 13p.; annual rateable value, £1,385. Thomas Croose Parry, Esq. (the lord of the manor), John Griffiths Alford, Esq., Mrs. Martha Taylor, and the trustees of the late Thomas Martin, Esq., are the chief landowners. The soil is loamy; subsoil, limestone; chief crops, the usual cereals, fruit, and hops. Some good cider is made here. The living is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford, and rural deanery of Leominster; it is a vicarage with King's Pyon annexed; joint value, £384, with about 19 acres of glebe; patron, Major Daniel Peploe-Peploe, M.P., of Garnstone castle; vicar, Rev. Hanmer William Webb-Peploe, B.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1866. Birley tithes are commuted at £128 yearly, with 13 acres of glebe. The church of St. Peter was rebuilt in 1874 at a cost of £1,330, chiefly raised by subscription. It was reopened August 20th, 1874. The children of this parish attend King's Pyon and Upper Hill schools.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive by messenger from Leominster about 10 a.m. Weobley and Leominster are the nearest money order and telegraph offices. Post town, Leominster.
Parish Church (St. Peter's).- Rev. Hanmer William Webb-Peploe, B.A., Vicar; Mr. Zachariah Godsall, Churchwarden; Joseph Brooks, Parish Clerk
PRIVATE RESIDENTS.
Alford John Griffiths, Esq., The Thorne
Parry Thomas Croose, Esq., Birley court
Taylor Mrs. Martha, Dorstone
COMMERCIAL.
Alford John Griffiths, farmer and landowner, The Thorne
Bengree Wm. (exors. of the late), farmers
Bounds Thomas, mason
Brooks Joseph, blacksmith, tax collector, and parish clerk
Brooks Joseph, jun., farmer, Plough fm., Knapton
Dance Joseph, cottage farmer
Gatehouse Thomas, shoemaker and cottage farmer
Godsall Zachariah, farmer, Bucknell farm
Jay John, carpenter
Norris Richard, beer retailer, Three Horse Shoes
Parry Thos. Croose, farmer, hop grower, and landowner, Birley court
Taylor Mrs. Martha, farmer, &c., Dorstone

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in June 2002.

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