Wacton, Herefordshire

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

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2003

WACTON is a small parish situated about midway between the Bromyard and Tenbury and the Bromyard and Leominster roads, distant 3½ miles N.W. of Bromyard, 9 S. of Tenbury, 8½ E. of Leominster, and 16 N.E. of Hereford; is in Broxash hundred, Bromyard union, county court district, polling district, and petty sessional division. The population in 1861 was 123; in 1871, 137; inhabited houses, 27; families or separate occupiers, 29; area of parish, 1,002 acres; annual rateable value, £1,081. The Right Hon. Earl Somers, of Eastnor castle, is lord of the manor; and W. Henry Barneby, Esq., of Bredenbury court, William Lacon Childe, Esq., of Kinlet ball, near Bewdley, Martin Curtler, Esq., of Worcester, Mr. Richard Timings, and the Executors of the late Richard Allison, Esq., are the principal landowners. The soil is clayey, producing wheat, beans, hops, oats, fruit, &c. Wacton is a vicarage, in the diocese and archdeaconry of Hereford and rural deanery of North Froome. This parish has been recently united (under 1 and 2 Vict. c. 106), for ecclesiastical purposes, with the parish of Bredenbury, and a new church is now in course of erection in Bredenbury to provide sufficient accommodation for the inhabitants of the united parishes. The old church is still standing. The parish register begins with the year 1750. There is a board school at Bredenbury for the parishes of Grendon Bishop, Bredenbury, and Wacton.

POSTAL REGULATIONS.- Letters are received from Worcester via Bromyard, and arrive from the latter place by messenger. Bromyard is the nearest money order and telegraph office. Post town, Worcester.
Church.- Rev. John Booth, B.A., Vicar.
Grendon Bishop, Bredenbury, and Wacton United School Board.- (The election of members took place July 20th, 1874.) William Henry Barneby, Esq., J.P. (Chairman), Mr. Edward Timings (Vice-Chairman), Rev. Charles Bridges, Mr. Tracey Lane, and Mr. Thomas Minifie. Clerk and Treasurer, Henry Nicholls Knott, Esq., solicitor, Bromyard.
Timings Mr. Richard, Wacton court
Cresswell Herbert, New Inn, and farmer
Jones John, farmer & hop grower, Little Wacton (and in Bredenbury parish)
Lane Tracey, farmer and hop grower, Great Wacton
Moseley Daniel, farmer and hop grower, The Weeding (& in Thornbury parish)
Smith William, farmer and hop grower, Upper Horton
Timings Edward, farmer, Wacton court farm
Tomkins Thomas, carpenter, wheelwright, and parish clerk of Grendon Bishop

OCR/Transcription by Rosemary Lockie in December 2003.

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