Stoke Bliss, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2002


STOKE BLISS is a parish partly in the county of Hereford, and partly in that of Worcester, distant 6 miles S.E. of Tenbury, 6 N. of Bromyard, 12 E.N.E. of Leominster, and 21 N.N.E. of Hereford; is chiefly in Broxash hundred, but partly in Upper Doddingtree hundred (Worcestershire), Tenbury union and county court district, Bromyard petty sessional division, and High Lane (Tedstone Wafer) polling district. The total population in 1861 was 298; in 1871, 334, viz., Stoke Bliss, 197, and Little Kyre, 137. The total number of inhabited houses was 75, viz,, Stoke Bliss, 45, and Little Kyre, 30. The total number of families or separate occupiers was 78, viz., Stoke Bliss, 48, and Little Kyre, 30. The area of the parish is 2,078 acres, viz., Stoke Bliss, 1,148, and Little Kyre, 930. William Lacon Childe, Esq., of Kinlet hall, near Bewdley, is lord of the manor and principal landowner; Mr. Herbert is also a landowner here. The soil is loamy clay; subsoil, pure clay and marl; chief produce, wheat, peas, beans, hops, and fruit. Stoke Bliss is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of North Froome; living, a rectory; value, £449, including residence and 75 acres of glebe; patron, the Lord Chancellor; rector, Rev. Godfrey Edward Alexander, M.A., of Trinity College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1865. The church is an Early English structure, of stone, with nave, chancel, south aisle, and tower containing three bells, spire and clock. The fabric was restored in 1852 at a cost of £650. The east and west windows are filled with stained glass. The parish register goes back to the year 1571. A new and handsome district elementary school was built in 1873 at a cost of £1,000, for the accommodation of the children of Stoke Bliss, Kyre Wyard, Hanley Childe, and portions of the parishes of Collington, Great Kyre, &c. It is supported by voluntary subscriptions. The average attendance of boys and girls is about 60. Kyre Parva, or Little Kyre, a hamlet of Stoke Bliss, is wholly in Worcestershire, and comprises 930 acres. It is in Tenbury polling district and petty sessional division.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters arrive by messenger from Tenbury about 9.30 a.m.; despatched thereto at 5 p.m. Tenbury and Bromyard are the nearest money order and telegraph offices. Post town, Tenbury.
Parish Church.- Rev. Godfrey Edward Alexander, M.A., Rector; Mr. Thomas Webb, Churchwarden; George Lynall, Parish Clerk.
Elementary District School (boys and girls).- Mr. William Brown Gunn, Master; Mrs. Rhoda Gunn, Mistress.
Carrier to Bromyard.- George Lynall, on Mondays; stops at the Falcon Hotel, and returns about 4 p.m. the same day.
Carrier to Tenbury.- George Lynall, on Tuesdays; stops at the Royal Oak Inn, and returns about 4 p.m. the same day.
Carrier to Worcester.- George Lynall, occasionally.


(Marked thus * are in Worcestershire.)
Alexander Rev. Godfrey Edward, M.A., J.P. (rector), The Rectory
Bateman Thomas, carpenter
*Benbow Miss Harriet, farmer, Grithill
Caldicott Nathaniel, farmer, Garnsley
*Davies Reece, farmer and hop grower, The Bannalls
*Derrell Thomas, farmer, The Hall
Gunn William Brown, schoolmaster
Hays Edward, farmer, Rose hill; and tailor, Cruxwell street, Bromyard
*Hyde William, farmer, The Grove
Lane Andrew, blacksmith
Lynall George, shopkeeper, carrier, and parish clerk, New house
*Lynass Lawrence, Worcestershire Arms Inn (or Cross Keys), Little Kyre
Meek James, wheelwright
Morris E., frmr. & hop grwr., The Thorn
Nott Thomas, farmer, hop grower, and agent for the Royal and the
Provincial insurance companies, The Perry farm
*Pooton James, farmer and hop grower, The Collings
Redfern William, farmer, hop grower, and freeholder, Sweet green
Smith John, farmer and hop grower, The Hyde; and New house, Little Kyre
Tyler George, mason and shopkeeper
Webb Thomas, farmer and hop grower, Church house
Wilcox Mrs. Ann, cottage frmr., Wallings
Wilcox Joseph, farmer and hop grower, Upper house
Wilcox Thomas, farmer and hop grower, Field house

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in October 2002.

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