Callow Herefordshire Family History Guide

Callow, originally a chapelry of Dewsall Ancient Parish in the county of Herefordshire. The modern parish is Dewsall with Callow and the Parish Church is Dewsall St Michael.

Civil parish: Callow

Parish church: St Michael; St Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1576; see also Dewsall
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Callow

  • Dewsall
  • Haywood
  • Upper and Lower Bullinghope with Grafton
  • Aconbury

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CALLOW, a parish in the district and county of Hereford; 2 miles E of Tram Inn r. station, and 4 S by W of Hereford. Post Town, Hereford. Acres, 621. Real property, £486. Pop., 137. Houses, 30. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Dewsall, in the diocese of Hereford. The church is tolerable.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Callow, 4 m. S. Hereford. P. 171

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

St Mary's Church, Callow.
English: St Mary’s Church, Callow. Callow church is on high ground and from the churchyard there is a good view north over the city of Hereford. The church dates from 1830, however, it was altered in 1884. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Callow (St. Michael), a parish, in the hundred of Webtree, union and county of Hereford, 4 miles (S. S. W.) from Hereford; containing 171 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Hereford to Ross, and comprises by measurement 582 acres; the surface is moderately undulated and well wooded, and the soil is nearly of average fertility. The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with the rectorial tithes, and annexed to the vicarage of Dewsall; 22 acres of land are tithe-free, having formerly belonged to the fraternity of St. John of Jerusalem. The tithes have been commuted for £86. 2. 10.; in addition to which, £12 a year are received from fourteen acres of land, purchased a few years ago, with an allowance from Queen Anne’s Bounty. The church is pleasantly situated on the summit of a hill overlooking, at a short distance, the high road, and was rebuilt about the year 1831. The rent of four acres of land, bought with £100 bequeathed by Henry Pearle, Esq., a native, is given to the poor on St. Thomas’s-day, when a distribution is also made of the interest of £80 in the savings’ bank at Hereford, the produce of timber cut down on the land a few years since. There are the remains of two Roman camps.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


Callow Herefordshire 1914


  • County: Herefordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hereford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Archenfield
  • Poor Law Union: Hereford
  • Hundred: Webtree
  • Province: Canterbury