Bromyard, Herefordshire

Bromyard, Herefordshire Family History Guide

Bromyard is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Herefordshire. Brockhampton is a chapelry of Bromyard.

Other places in the parish include: Linton, Winslow, and Norton.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Bromyard

  • Stanford Bishop
  • Little Cowarne
  • Edvin Ralph
  • Pencombe
  • Saltmarshe
  • Wolferlow
  • Brockhampton
  • Grendon
  • Stoke Lacy
  • Avenbury
  • Bredenbury
  • Edvin Loach
  • Tedstone Wafer
  • Whitbourne
  • Tedstone Delamere
  • Suckley
  • Wacton

Historical Descriptions


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bromyard, 125 miles W. London. Market, Tues. P. 2927.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Bromyard (St. Peter), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Broxash, county of Hereford, 14 miles (N. E.) from Hereford, and 126 (N. W. by W.) from London; containing 2927 inhabitants. The town is pleasantly situated on the road from Worcester to Hereford, near the river Frome, in a rich and fertile district, abounding with orchards and hop plantations; and consists of several well-paved streets. Races are held annually on the Downs, an extensive common adjoining the town, and are generally well attended. The market, chiefly for live stock, butter, cheese, and poultry, is on Monday; and fairs are held on the last Monday in Jan., the Thursday before the 25th of March, May 3rd, the Thursday before St. James’s-day, and the Thursday before the 29th of October. Petty-sessions for the district are held on Monday, at Dumbleton Hall, an ancient mansion, purchased by subscription, and appropriated as a town-hall, containing a spacious courtroom for the sessions. Courts leet and baron are also held twice in the year under the Bishop of Hereford, who is lord of the manor. The parish, including the chapelry of Brockhampton, and the townships of Winslow, Norton, and Linton, comprises 7921 acres, of which 202 are in the town of Bromyard; the land is in a high state of cultivation, producing hops of excellent quality, of which there are nearly 700 acres under cultivation. The surface is varied with hills, and the lower grounds are watered by a brook that flows through the parish into the river Frome. The living consists of a sinecure rectory and a vicarage ; the rectory, of which the net income is £612, is divided into three portions, and in the gift of the Bishop of Hereford ; and the vicarage, of which the net income is £600, is in the patronage of the Portionists. The church is an ancient and spacious structure, in the Norman style, and contains a curious font. Brockhampton chapel, in the township of Norton, recently built by the Barneby family, is a handsome edifice in the later English style. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, and Primitive Methodists. The free grammar school was founded by Queen Elizabeth, and endowed with £16. 14. 11 12. per annum, subsequently augmented with £20 per annum, by John Perrin, Esq., alderman and goldsmith of London, in 1656 : Mr. Perrin also endowed a weekly divinity lecture by six beneficed clergymen, to be elected by the churchwardens and 12 of the principal inhabitants of this, his native parish, with several other benefactions, for which the Goldsmiths’ Company are trustees, and who, in 1835, entirely rebuilt the grammar school. A national school, in which are 100 girls, is supported by endowment. An alms-house was founded in the reign of Charles II., by Phineas Jackson, forty years vicar of the parish, who also founded various others, in which seven aged widows are comfortably provided for. The poor law union of Bromyard comprises 33 parishes or places, of which 30 are in the county of Hereford, and 3 in that of Worcester ; and contains a population of 11,494.

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.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bromyard, co. Hereford.

London 125 m. NW.; Hereford 13½ m. NE. Pop. 1227. M. D. Tu. Fairs, Th. bef. March 25; May 3; Whit. Mon.; Th. bef. St. James; July 25; Th. bef. Oct. 29; for horned cattle, horses, and sheep.

A market-town and parish in the hundred of Broxash, situated near the river Frome, between Hereford and Worcester. It is small and irregularly built; and a large proportion of the houses is of wood. The living is a rectory and vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford; the rectory is in three portions, charged, respectively, 6l. in K. B., and the vicarage 9l. 10s. 7½d.; patron of the rectory the Bishop of Hereford, and of the vicarage, the three portionists. The church, ded. to St. Peter, is a handsome edifice, pleasantly situated in the midst of orchards. It is of Saxon origin, and contains some ancient monuments. Much business is done at the market and fairs.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Linton, a township in the parish of Bromyard, county of Hereford; 3 miles south-east of Bromyard. Here is a daily school. Acres 2,630. Houses 98. A. P. £3,261. Pop., in 1801, 465; in 1831, 500. Poor rates, in 1838, £214 1s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Linton, in Bromyard parish. P. 610

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


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Norton, in Bromyard parish. P. 588.

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


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Winslow, in Bromyard parish. P. 424.

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


Bromyard Herefordshire Universal Directory 1791

Near the river Frome, 124 miles from London, near the mid-way between Hereford and Worcester, stands in a country full of orchards. It has a market on Monday, and fairs on Thursday before March 25, May 3, Whit-Monday, on the Thursday before St. James’s-day, and on the Thursday before October 29.

The post goes through Bromyard to and from London every day. A coach from London through Bromyard every Wednesday evening; and returns every Friday morning. A wagon from Bromyard to Worcester, every Tuesday and Friday, to Hereford and South Wales. Another wagon through Bromyard to London, every Monday; and returns every Thursday to Leominster.

The following are the principal inhabitants:


Duppa William, Gent.

Dansie Mrs.

Moxham Edward, Gent.


Evans Rev. David

Lloyd Rev. Roger


Maxwell John, Surgeon & Apothecary

Walker Dalaber, surgeon & Apothecary


Barneby Richard, Attorney

Barnes William, Attorney

Wormington James, Attorney

Wight John, Attorney

Whithouse Joseph, Attorney


Amiss – , Innholder, (New Inn)

Blew Anne, Midwife

Blew Elizabeth, Innholder

Brown Edward, Innholder

Baggot William, Innholder

Blount Elizabeth

Beard Jeremiah, Ironmonger

Bray Packington Bissels

Bray Philip, Butcher

Badham George, Soap-boiler

Bishop Edward, Peruke-maker

Boar Edward, Maltster and Shopkeeper

Cook John, Chandler

Cook Edward, Innholder

Clarke, Thomas, Innholder

Colly Thomas, Maltster

Clifton Edward, Innholder

Coates John, Currier

Collins – , Stay-maker

Chip Elizabeth, Shopkeeper

Dutson Thomas, Glazier

Davis Thomas, Sadler

Drew – , Shopkeeper

Ellcocks Edward, Mason & Shopkeeper

Eules William, Hatter

Eckley Anne, Mercer

Griffiths Thomas, Taylor

Griffiths George, Shoe-maker

Hopkins Mary, Shopkeeper

Haytor John, Corn-dealer

Harrol James, Weaver

Harrol Joseph, Weaver

Hadley John, Wheelwright

Hill John, Butcher

Jones – , Officer of Excise

Jenks Timothy Colly, Glover and Breeches-maker

Jenks Elizabeth, Shopkeeper

Jenks William, Innholder

Jenkins Esther, Baker and Shopkeeper

Johnson John, Cooper

Johnson Thomas, Cooper

Johnson Benjamin, Shoe-maker

Jaines William, Builder and mason

Kilsby William, Mercer

Knight Thomas, Innholder

Lewis George, Innholder

Lloyd – , Cooper

Moxham Mary, Haberdasher

Mason John, Sadler

Mason Thomas, Hatter

Maund Andrew, Builder and Joiner

Maund Thomas, Joiner

Oseman Thomas, Mason

Phillpotts Henry, Stone-cutter & Glazier

Phillpotts – , Shoe-maker & Innholder

Penson – , Butcher

Pooton William, Innholder

Payne Thomas, Butcher

Pitt George, Butcher

Powell Thomas, Shopkeeper

Peal Walter, Builder and Joiner

Prue Messrs. Chandlers & Shopkeepers

Robins James, Ironmonger

Reeves James, Shopkeeper

Reeves Penelope, Mercer

Ricketts John, Smith and Carrier

Richards John, Baker and Shopkeeper

Smith Elizabeth, Ironmonger & Smith

Taylor Rachel, Shopkeeper

Taylor Joyce, Innholder, (King’s Arms)

Taylor Henry, Sadler

Thome Henry, Baker and Shopkeeper

Thome Henry, Breeches-maker

Thome Thomas, Innholder

Talbot William, Shoe-maker

Thomas Edward, Shoe-maker

Warburton John, Glazier

Wilcox William, Taylor

Williams Widow

Williams Edw. Innholder, (Hop-pole)

Weeks Richard, Innholder

Wynne Anne, Widow

Seats, &c. in the vicinity of Bromyard. – On the Eastern road leading to Worcester, is Brockhampton, the seat of John Barneby, Esq. – Clater Park, the seat of Robert Sweeting Dansie, Esq. – Gaines, the seat of John Freeman, Esq. – And a little to the North, is Whitborne Court, seat of Richard Chambers, Esq. – Poswick, the seat of the Rev. Thomas Jennings. – On the North road, leading to Tenbury, is Buckenhill, the seat of the Rev. Packing George Tomkyns. – And 5 miles on the same road, is Kyre, the pleasant seat of Jonathan Pytts, Esq. – On the Western road, leading to Leominster, is Munderfield Harold, the seat of Joseph Severne, Esq. – On the Southern road is Cannon-froom, the seat of Richard Cope Hopton, Esq. – The Rev. John Glasse Pencomb resides near Bromyard.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


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