Combe, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2002

COMBE is a township belonging to the parish of Presteigne (Radnorshire), but situate in the county of Hereford. It is distant about 2 miles E. of Presteigne railway station, 8 N.E. of Kington, 5 N.W. of Pembridge, 12 W. by N. of Leominster, and 22 N.W. of Hereford; is in Huntington hundred, Presteigne union and county court district, Byton school board district, Pembridge polling district, and Kington petty sessional division. The population in 1861 was 101; in 1871; 95; inhabited houses, 23; families or separate occupiers, 26; area of township, 599 acres; annual rateable value, £835. The trustees of the Evelyn estates are lords of the manor, and with Edward Coates, Esq., and Stanton Meyrick, Esq., are the principal landowners. The township lies in a very fertile valley, having excellent soil abounding with corn; orchards, and rich pastures, and watered by the rivers Lugg and Hindwell, which afford some capital trout and grayling fishing. There is an ancient tumulus near the village in a field called "Bannets". The south boundary of the township runs along the side of Wapley (or Warren) hill, on the summit of which are vestiges of an extensive camp. The slope of the eminence is finely covered with oak, and the hill is noted for the salubrity of its air, and for a never-failing supply of beautiful water. In the house called the "Lower Heath", occupied by the Rev. R.W.T. Hunt, is an ancient panelled room where King Charles slept after the battle of Worcester, and not far distant is a lane called the "King's turning", where he is supposed to have turned from the high road to escape from his pursuers. Combe House is the residence of Edward Coates, Esq., J.P. for Radnorshire, who served the office of high sheriff for that county in 1866.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received through Presteigne, which is the nearest money order and telegraph office. Letters should be addressed - Combe Presteigne, R.S.O. (Radnorshire.)
Coates Edward, Esq., J.P. (for Radnorshire), Combe house
Hunt Rev. Richard William Treen, B.A. (rector of Byton), Lower heath
Davies James, farmer, Bridge house
Davies John, farmer, Broad heath
Davies William, agricultural implement maker & thrashing machine proprietor
Edwards John James, farmer, Broad heath
Greenhouse Howard, farmer, Whitewall
Morgan John, farmer
Price John, farmer, Combe farm

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in September 2002.

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