Hampton Charles (Bockleton), Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2004


BOCKLETON is a parish partly in this county, but principally in Worcestershire, under which county full particulars are given. (See "Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Worcestershire", 1873, page 88.) Hampton Charles, a hamlet in Herefordshire, will be found under a separate head.

HAMPTON CHARLES is a hamlet on the N.E. border of this county, but belonging to the parish of Bockleton, Worcestershire. It is distant 7 miles N.W. of Bromyard, 5½ S. of Tenbury, 8 E.N.E. of Leominster, and 20 N.N.E. of Hereford; is in Broxash hundred, Bromyard union, petty sessional division, and county court district, and Docklow polling district. The population in 1861 was 87; in 1871, 61; inhabited houses, 16; families or separate occupiers, 16; area of hamlet, 492 acres; annual rateable value, £563. Major R. Prescott Decie, who is lord of the manor, and Mrs. Prescott, are the principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, sandstone; chief produce, wheat, hops, fruit, &c. The parish of Bockleton (of which the Rev. Richard Mence is the vicar) is in the diocese of Hereford, archdeaconry of Ludlow, and rural deanery of West Burford. The church is distant about ¾ of a mile from Hampton Charles. Bockleton Court, the seat of Major R. Prescott Decie, J.P., is in Worcestershire. It is a fine modern mansion, commanding beautiful and extensive views of a rich agricultural country. Bockleton Grove (of oaks) lies high, and is a well-known landmark. The population of the whole parish of Bockleton in 1871 was 365.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive by messenger from Tenbury about 10.30 a.m. Tenbury is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Prescott Mrs. The Birches
Braddell Henry E.C., farmer, Hatfield lane; res., Fencote, Docklow, near Leominster
Britten Wm., farmer, Holloway common
Clare Thomas, building agent for Mrs. Prescott, Ruth cottage
Hall William, farmer and hop grower, Manor farm
Harris Mrs. Elizabeth, shopkeeper, Crossroad
Harris William, farmer, Heath cottage
Lidstone William, gardener, &c., for Mrs. Prescott, Birches cottage
Moss Thomas, farmer and hop grower, Little Birches and Bull's house farms
Phillips Benjamin, farmer, and farm steward for Mrs. Prescott, of the Birches, the Stone and the Little Stone farms; res., Grafton, Bockleton
Rogers Samuel, butcher

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in April 2004.

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