Haywood, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2004

HAYWOOD was formerly an extra-parochial place, but is now a parish, constituted under 20 Vict., c.19. It is distant 3 miles S. of Hereford and 11 N.W. of Ross; is partly in Webtree and partly in the upper division of Wormelow hundreds, Hereford union, county court district, polling district, and petty sessional division. The Newport, Abergavenny, and Hereford branch of the Great Western railway (West Midland section) runs through the parish. The population in 1861 was 102; in 1871, 190; inhabited houses, 32; families or separate occupiers, 32; area of parish, 1,520 acres; annual rateable value, £3,405. Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser, Esq., of Belmont, is lord of the manor, and owner of nearly the whole parish. The soil is heavy loam, growing wheat, hops, roots, and pasture. Haywood forest, also the property of F.R. Wegg-Prosser, Esq., comprises about 150 acres of wood and grove. Some authors record this forest as the place where Owen Glendower was found starved to death, after his army was dispersed near Leominster by a sudden panic, occasioned by the pursuit and rapid approach of Prince Henry, afterwards Henry V., with the royal forces; others, however, with more probability, represent him to have sought refuge at the house of one of his sons-in-law, either Scudamore or Monnington, both of Herefordshire; tradition affirms that he died at the abode of the latter, and that he was buried in the churchyard at Monnington. There is neither church, chapel, school, nor public-house in the parish. Haywood Lodge, the residence of W. Hilles, Esq., is situate near the railway.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received through Hereford, which is the nearest money order and telegraph office and post town.
Basnett George, farm bailiff
Bradford Jolin, assistant overseer, &c.
Edwards John and Richard, farmers and hop growers, Haywood farm
Farr James, farmer, Knockerhill farm
Hilles W., farmer & hop gr., Haywood lo.
Stedman Edward Bright, farmer and hop grower, Merry hill
Wilcox James, blacksmith

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in April 2004.

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