Evesbatch, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Marion B. Wilkinson, © Copyright 2001

EVESBATCH, otherwise EVESBACH, is a small parish situated about 1 mile N. of the main road between Worcester and Hereford (over Froome's hill), distant 5 miles S.S.E. of Bromyard, 8 W.N.W. of Malvern, 8 N. of Ledbury, 14 N.E. of Hereford, and 13 W.S.W. of Worcester; is in Radlow hundred, Bishop's Froome polling district, Bromyard union, county court district, and petty sessional division. The population in 1861 was 87; in 1871, 96; inhabited houses, 17; families or separate occupiers, 21. area of parish, 973 acres; annual rateable value, £1,219. The Rev. Richard Seddon, Mr. Edwin Hall, the executors of the late William Brewers, Esq., and of the late W.H. Sparrow, Esq., are the chief landowners. The soil is clayey, producing hops, wheat, beans, fruit, and roots. The parish commands some fine prospects over a wide range of scenery. Evesbatch is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford, and rural deanery of South Froome; living, a rectory. Value, £163, with 10 acres of glebe; patron and rector, Rev. Richard Seddon, B.A., of St. John's College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1873. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew, and has just undergone restoration. It is an ancient edifice with square tower. There is a small school for boys and girls; average attendance, about 20.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received through Worcester via Bromyard, and arrive from the latter place by messenger about 11 a.m.; despatched thereto at 4 p.m. there is no delivery on Sundays. Bromyard is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Parish Church (St. Andrew's).- Rev. Richard Seddon, B.A., Rector; Messrs. Richard Hill and ____, Churchwardens.    Parochial school (boys and girls).- ____, Mistress.
PRIVATE RESIDENT.
Seddon Rev. Richard, B.A. (rector), The Rectory
COMMERCIAL.
Gibbs Henry, farmer and hop grower, Evesbatch court
Gibbs Reuben, farmer and hop grower, Brook farm
Hall Edwin, farmer, landowner, and hop grower, Pool farm
Hill Richard, farmer, Woodend
Seddon Rev. Richard, B.A., farmer, landowner, and hop grower, The Farm
Stockford Edwin, farmer and hop grower, Ridgway farm

Transcription by Marion Wilkinson in September 2001.

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