Grafton, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2012

GRAFTON is a township situated on the road leading from Hereford to Ross and Monmouth, nearly 3 miles S. of the city of Hereford; is in the civil parish of St. Martin, Hereford, but without the liberties of the city; in Webtree hundred, Hereford union, county court district, polling district, and petty sessional division. The population in 1861 was 93; in 1871, 81; inhabited houses, 15; families or separate occupiers, 15; area of township, 424 acres; annual rateable value, £1,383. Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser, Esq., of Belmont, is lord of the manor and principal landed proprietor. Captain Robert Henry De Winton and Mrs. Smith are also landowners here. The soil is stiff loam and clay, producing wheat, barley, beans, &c. There is a brickyard in the township. Grafton is in the diocese; archdeaconry, and rural deanery of Hereford. By Order in Council of the 19th of May, and duly registered in the registry of the diocese of Hereford 7th June 1866, the townships of Grafton and Lower Bullinghope were separated from the parish of St. Martin, Hereford, and annexed, for ecclesiastical purposes only, to the parish of Upper Bullinghope. Graftonbury, the property and residence of Captain Robert Henry De Winton, J.P., D.L., is pleasantly situated here.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive by messenger from Hereford, which is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town. The wall letter-box is cleared at 6 p.m. on week-days only.
PRIVATE RESIDENTS.
Britten William, Esq., Grafton park
De Winton Captain Robert Henry, J.P., D.L., Graftonbury
Evans Miss, Graftonbury lodge
Goldsworthy Major-General Joshua Webb, J.P. (for city of Hereford), Grafton park
COMMERCIAL.
Blissett Thomas, farmer, Grafton Court farm
Cook William, freeholder
Dance Thomas, farmer, King's Pit and New house farms
Fletcher William, farmer, The Leys; and 9 Eign street, Hereford
Griffiths Francis, farmer, Grafton villa
Richardson Henry, carpenter, New house
Robinson Christopher, cottage farmer and beer retailer, The Brick-kiln
Vale Thomas, brick and tile maker
Vale Thomas, jun., shoemaker, Portway

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in October 2012.

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