Aston, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2002

ASTON, or PIPE ASTON, is a small parish distant 4 miles S.W. by W. of Ludlow, and 14 N.W. of Leominster; is in Wigmore hundred, petty sessional division, and polling district, Ludlow union and county court district. The population in 1861 was 34; in 1871, 35; inhabited houses, 9; families or separate occupiers, 9; area of parish, 920 acres; annual rateable value, £633. Andrew Johnes Rouse Boughton Knight, Esq., of Downton castle, is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clayey; chief produce, wheat, barley, oats, and roots. In this parish is an eminence called High Vinealls, from the summit of which is obtained a complete panoramic view, including the Brecon, Radnor, Cardigan, and Montgomery hills. The church of St. Giles is remarkable for its diminutive size. The tympanum of the Norman north doorway is a very fine piece of work, well worthy the visit of the ecclesiologist. The earliest register is dated 1692. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford, archdeaconry of Salop, and Clun rural deanery; annual value, £51, with 43 acres of glebe; patron, A.J.R. Boughton Knight, Esq.; rector, Rev. George Hollis Clay, M.A., of Clare College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1872, and is also vicar of Leinthall Starkes, and honorary secretary to the Hereford Diocesan Church Building Society.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive from Ludlow (by messenger from Leinthall Starkes) about 8.30 a.m.; despatched thereto at 5 p.m. Ludlow is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Parish Church (St. Giles').- Rev. George Hollis Clay, M.A., Rector; A.J.R. Boughton Knight, Esq., Churchwarden.
Carrier to Ludlow.- William Thomas, every Monday and Saturday to the Globe Inn, Market street, Ludlow, returning about 7 p.m.
Clay Rev. George Hollis, M.A. (rector of Aston, vicar of Leinthall Starkes, and curate in sole charge of Elton; honorary secretary to the Hereford Diocesan Church Building Society), Aston rectory
Haynes John, farmer
Pugh Charles, farmer, Pipe Aston
(None listed)

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in June 2002.

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