Sollers Hope, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2002

SOLLERSHOPE is a small parish situated on the main road from Ross to Hereford via Fownhope, and distant 7 miles N. of Ross, 9 S.E. of Hereford, and about 3 N.E. of Fawley station on the Hereford, Ross, and Gloucester branch of the Great Western railway. It is in Greytree hundred, Ross union, petty sessional division, and county court district, and Fownhope polling district. The population in 1861 was 166; in 1871, 139; inhabited houses, 30; families or separate occupiers, 31; area of parish, 1,130 acres; annual rateable value, £1,222. The soil is clayey and loamy; subsoil, limestone rock; chief produce, wheat, beans, hops, &c. Sollershope is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of Ross; living, a rectory, consolidated with that of How Caple; joint value, £334, with 111 acres of glebe; patrons, Mrs. Wood and her sisters; rector, Rev. John Norgrave Baker, B.A., of St. John's College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1851, and resides at How Caple rectory. Sollershope living is worth £146 yearly, with 67 acres of glebe. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a plain little edifice, with square tower containing three bells. There are the remains of an old stone cross in the churchyard. The earliest register is dated 1698. The national school at How Caple is for the joint use of the children of that parish and Sollershope. It was built at the sole cost of the rector and his family connections. At Sollershope Court is a beautiful specimen of a chimney in ornamental brickwork.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received through Ross. Fownhope is the nearest money order office. Ross is the telegraph office and post town.
Parish Church (St. Michael's).- Rev. John Norgrave Baker, B.A., Rector; William Lilly, Parish Clerk.
National School (boys and girls).- Miss Mary Shaw, Mistress.
(None listed)
Bennett John Powell, farmer, Rock farm
Cox Henry, wheelwright and shopkeeper
Gammond William, farmer, Bubble st.
Hodges Mrs. F., farmer, Lyndolls
Jones Benjamin, farmer, Whittlebury
Kingstone William, farmer, Foxholes
Lilly William, parish clerk
Mailes Felix, farmer and cider retailer
Matthews Richard, farmer, Falcon
Matthews William, farmer, Rugden
Pain Edward, farmer, The Falcon
Powell Richard, farmer, The Court
Price Arthur, frmr. and hop gr., Harstans

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in October 2002.

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