Ford, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2004

FORD, or FORDBRIDGE, is a very small parish and railway station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford railway, distant 3 miles S. of Leominster (2½ by road), and 10 N. of Hereford; is in Wolphy hundred, Bodenham polling district, Leominster union, county court district, and petty sessional division. It is situated on the main road leading from Leominster to Hereford, and the river Lugg, a good angling stream, divides this parish from that of Leominster. The river is crossed by a picturesque little bridge near the railway station. The population in 1861 was 29; in 1871, 26; inhabited houses, 5; families or separate occupiers, 5; area of parish, 316 acres; annual rateable value, £400. John Hungerford Arkwright, Esq., of Hampton court, is lord of the manor and principal landowner. Miss Lloyd, of Bryanston house, Leominster, is the owner of one farm. The soil is clayey; subsoil, gravel and limestone; chief crops, wheat, barley, roots, and hops. Ford is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of Leominster;, living, a vicarage; value, £71; patron, J.H. Arkwright, Esq.; vicar, Rev. John Price Jones, B.D., of St. David's College, Lampeter, who was instituted in 1857, and resides at Bankfield, Leominster. The church is a little building, rebuilt upon the old foundation in the plainest manner by the late John Arkwright, Esq. It has accommodation for about 60 persons. The children from Ford go to Hope school.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive from Leominster by Bodenham messenger. Leominster is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Ford Church.- Rev. John Price Jones, B.D., Vicar.
Fordbridge Railway Station (Shrewsbury and Hereford Joint Railway - G.W.R. and L.& N.W.R. Cos.), in the township of Wharton and parish of Leominster.- Mr. Rowbottom, Station Master.
Bazley John, farmer, Stone farm; res., The Bury farm, Stoke Prior
Bailey Joseph, farmer, Ford house
Rowbottorn Mr., station master, Ford railway station

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in April 2004.

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