Orcop, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2003

ORCOP is a parish and straggling village situated about 1½ miles W. of the main road between Hereford and Monmouth, 9½ miles S.S.W. of Hereford, 9 W.N.W. of Ross, and 6 E. of Pontrilas station on the West Midland section of the Great Western railway. It is in Wormelow hundred (upper division), Dore union, Harewood End petty sessional division, St. Weonard's polling district, and Hereford county court district. The population in 1861 was 583; in 1871, 637; inhabited houses, 147; families or separate occupiers, 157; area of parish, 2,403 acres; annual rateable value, £1,872. The trustees of the late T.G. Symons, Esq., are lords of the manor and principal landowners. The soil is clayey and loamy; subsoil, sandstone and limestone; chief crops, wheat, barley, turnips, &c. Orcop is in the diocese and arcbdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of Archenfield; living, a vicarage; value, £220; patron and vicar, Rev. Arthur Gray, M.A., of University College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1859. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was restored, in 1863 at a cost of £749. The restoration included reseating, after the model of the old benches, opening to view the timber roofs, reslating, rebuilding the tower, steeple, and porch, constructing new chancel and tower arches, adding a vestry, removing all exterior and interior plaster and whitewash, pointing the walls, repairing the general fabric, inserting four or five new windows, and forming an open drain round the exterior. A text, in blue with gold letters, was placed over the chancel arch by R.H. Capper, Esq., who also presented the altar cloth. A new harmonium was provided by subscription in 1868. The registers go back to the year 1672. The school is at present closed, and a school board has been proposed for the parish. There are chapels for the Baptists and the Primitive Methodists.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received through Ross. The wall letter-box is cleared at 2.30 p.m. on week-days only. St. Weonard's is the nearest money order office. Pontrilas is the nearest telegraph office. Post town, Ross.
Parish Church (St. John the Baptist).- Rev. Arthur Gray, M.A., Vicar; Messrs. Thomas Nicholas and John Barrell, Churchwardens; Matthew Meredith, Parish Clerk and Sexton. School (closed).
Baptist Chapel.- Rev. Thomas, Williams, Minister.
Primitive Methodist Chapel.- Ministers various.
Carriers to Hereford.- Charles Burleigh, every Wednesday and Saturday, stops at the Black Lion Inn, 31 Bridge street, and returns about 4 p.m. the same days; George Woodhill, every Wednesday and Saturday, stops at the Spread Eagle, King st., and returns about 4 p.m. the same days.
Carriers to Ross.- Charles Burleigh, every Thursday at 8 a.m., returning from the George Hotel, Ross, at 4 p.m.; George Woodhill, every Thursday, returning from the Castle Inn at 4 p.m.
Gray Rev. Arthur, M.A. (patron and vicar of Orcop; rural dean of Weobley deanery)
Barrell Chas., miller & frmr., Lower mill
Barrell John, farmer, The Green
Burleigh Charles, shopkeeper and carrier to Hereford and Ross
Dimery Charles E., farmer, Unice
Edmunds Mrs., beer retailer (Rising Sun)
Gazzard Henry, farmer, Burnett
James John, farmer, Hendre
Jones Charles, wheelwright & shopkeeper
Jones John, farmer, Coldnose farm
Lane Thomas, jobbing gardener
Meadmore George, farmer, The Butts
Meadmore James, farmer, Little hill
Meadmore John, farmer, Pennant
Meadmore Mrs. M.A., farmer, Stradway
Meredith Matthew, parish clerk and sexton
Morgan Wm., timber haulier & cot. frmr.
Morris Wm., boot & shoe ma., Little hill
Nicholas Thomas, farmer, Burrup and Great Camdore farms
Porter Edwin, farmer, Stoney house
Powell James, farmer, Quarry farm
Price John, shopkeeper
Priddy John, farmer, Old hall
Pritchard Mr., Globe Inn
Roberts John, farmer, The Moat
Rowland Francis, wheelwright, Burrup
Sayce Henry, farmer, Upper Moors
Smith James, New Inn, and shopkeeper
Waite John, farmer, Middle Barn
Waite Thomas, farmer, Three Chimneys
Watkins John, farmer, Lower Moors
Watkins Mrs. Sarah, farmer, Old shop
Whitehorn Mrs. Hannah, Maltsters' Arms Inn, Little hill
Whitehorn Thomas, blacksmith
Woodhill Geo., carrier to Hereford & Ross
Worjan John, blacksmith, Hendre

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in September 2003.

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