Bosbury in
Kelly’s Directory of Herefordshire 1929

[Preamble] [Private Residents] [Commercial Residents]
BOSBURY is a village and parish on the river Leadon, 3½ miles north from Ledbury railway station, on the Hereford and Worcester section of the Great Western railway and 14 east from Hereford, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Radlow hundred, union, county court district, petty sessional division and rural deanery of Ledbury and archdeaconry and diocese of Hereford. The church of the Holy Trinity is an ancient building of stone in the Transition Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave of six bays, with clerestory, aisles, south porch of open timberwork, and a massive detached embattled tower of the 13th century, situated about 60 feet south of the church, and containing 6 bells: a clock was presented by the Rev. John Edmund Cheese, a former vicar, in 1878: the chancel is separated from the nave by a fine oak screen, four panels of which were carved in 1909 as a memorial to Edna Lyall, who died in 1903 and is buried near the churchyard cross: at the east end of the south aisle is the chantry chapel of Sir Rowland Morton, brother of Cardinal Archbishop Morton, a beautiful specimen of Late Pointed architecture: there are monuments with recumbent figures on each side of the chancel to John Harford, ob. 1573, and to his son, Richard Harford, and his wife, dated 1578: the stained east window is a joint memorial to Lieut. Arthur Clinton Baskerville Mynors, who died in Natal in 1879, and Charles Baskerville Mynors, d. 1863, and there are other stained windows: the font is a work of the 12th century, and the pulpit contains carved panels, probably of 15th century Flemish workmanship: in the porch are the remains of a holy-water stoup: the restoration of the chancel and repewing of the nave was completed in 1871, at a cost of £3,000, under the superintendence of Mr. Ewan Christian, architect, of London: in 1917 part of the roof was destroyed by fire and much damage done to the west end: a thorough structural restoration at an approximate cost of £2,500 was completed in 1921 under the supervision of W.D. Caroe esq: gifts were added to the value of £1,000, a new vestry with oak screen by Mrs. Buck and Miss Beith, and an inner porch, new window and panelled baptistry and pulpit by Miss J. Kempson: panels from the remain of the old pews were placed across the west wall to carry the names of the men who fell in the Great War, 1914–18: the Ecclesiastical Commissioners undertook the restoration of the walls and foundations of the chancel: there are sittings for 350 persons: the churchyard contains a well–preserved village cross. The register dates from the year 1558.

The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £382, including 6 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Hereford, and held since 1927 by the Rev. Hugh Kynaston Lee Mathews B.A. of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Stanley Hill, erected in 1863, and a Primitive Methodist chapel at Swinmore, and also a Free Church hall.  Bosbury House, the seat of Mrs Buchanan, is a mansion of red brick and stone in the Italian style, with balustrades and a portico. Old Court, now a farm, was formerly a palace of the bishops of Hereford; the refectory is used as a cider cellar, but the doorway and wicket are still perfect; a fine oak ceiling remains in one of the rooms of the house; the entrance gateway amd guardroom have been adapted to farm uses. In the Crown Inn, formerly the mansion of the Harford family, there is an ancient panelled room, with the date 1571: over the fireplace are three shields with the arms of William Paulet, first Marquess of Winchester K.G. who died 1572, with the garter and coronet; Wrottesley, of Wrottesley; Scrope, of Castle Combe, Wilts; and Fox of Bromfield; the room is now used as the lodge room of the Bishop Swinfield Lodge of Oddfellows (M.U.). Temple Court, the residence of Mr. John Weyman Jones, was formerly occupied by the Knights Templars. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor of the whole parish. Mrs. Buchanan, John Harford Pitt esq. Charles Henry Crane esq. and Mrs. Buck are the principal landowners. The soil is heavy; subsoil, clay. This is a cider and hop district. The chief crops are wheat, beans, hops and barley. The area is 4,827 acres of land and inland water; the population in 1921 was 871.
Catley, half a mile north–west, Upleadon, 1 mile west-by-south, and Swinmore, 3 miles, are places in the parish.
Post, M. O. & T. & T. E. D. [Telephonic Express Delivery] Office. Letters through Ledbury

Police Station

Carrier.—Oliver Howe, to Ledbury, tues. & sat.; Hereford, wed. & Bromyard, thurs. returning same days

(For T N’s [telephone numbers] see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)
Buchanan Mrs. Robert, Bosbury house
Buck Mrs. Noverings
Coates Miss Eliza, Swinmore
Gibbs Miss, Stanley house
Golland Alfred, Holly mount
Hawkins Jasper, The Old vicarage
Job John K. The Firs
Mathews Rev. Hugh Kynaston Lee B.A. (vicar), Vicarage
Ockey Mrs. Rosemount, Stanley Hill
Powell Dowding, Aylescroft
Pritchard Edward Norman, The Grange

Marked thus ° farm 150 acres or over.
Ancient Order of Oddfellows (Bishop Swinfield lodge) (Stephen Turner, sec)
Barrett James, farmer, Stapton house
Beaumont Harold, farmr. Town End
Beighton Charles, farmer, Woodlow
Bettington Charles, farmer
Bettington John, frmr. Birchwood cot
Bishop Wm. Herbt. beer retlr. Staplow
Bosley James, farmer, Noverings
Bosley Thos. Chas. farmer & hop grower, Note ho
°Bosley Thos. Edwin, farmer & hop grower, Catley cross & Bentleys
Box Leonard, farmer, Green Farm
Brant Francis John, blacksmith
Bridges William, farmer, Woodlow
Broome Geo. Hy.frmr. Norbridge cott
Cale Kate (Mrs), farmer, Palace, Bradleys & Woodings farms, Old country TN6
Chadd Wm. Albt. draper
Clarke Hy. Chas. grocer TN16
Collett Wm. Bishop grocer
Colley Arth. beer retlr. The Brook
Cooper William, water diviner
Cotton Alan, wheelwright
Cotton Audley, farmer, Paunceford court
Cotton Mary Ann (Miss), farmer & hop grower, The Hill
Curtis Edward J. farmer, The North
Drake Leslie A., M.B., C.M. physicn
Edwards Joseph, farmer, Broadcroft, Fox hill
Fletcher Percy, frmr. Orchards farm
Gibbs Edwin H. farmer, Stanley Hill. TN8
Golland Alfd. M.R.C.S.Eng.,L.R.C.P.Edin, physician & surgeon, Holly mount
Goodchap Chas. farmer, Gospel Yew
Goodchap Ernest Thomas, farmer, Little Catley
Gough Thos. Harold, farmer, Hill House farm
Green William, farmer, Paddles frm
Hickox Chas. blacksmith, Pow Green
Homes Herbert Inett, farmer, Upleadon farm
Homes Martin V. farmer & hop grower, Upleadon court
Homes William James, farmer & hop grower, Gold Hill
Howe Jesse Joshua, baker
Inett Albt. farmer, Upper mill
Innes Wm. J. farmer & hop grower
Jenkins Arth. Geo. frmr, The Aurals
Job Jn. Knight, rating, assistant registrar & bailiff to the manor, The Firs
°Jones Jn. Weyman, farmer & hop grower, Temple court. TN9
Lane Herbert E. farmer & hop grwr, Old court TN11
Layton Albert, farmer, Hill park
Millington William, frmr. Swinmore
Moore Albert H. farmer, The Slatch
Mosley Willis C. butcher. TN17
Payne Thomas, farmer & hop grower, Merrings Farm
Powell George Frederick, farmer, Beacon hill
Preece Albert Jn. Bell inn
Price John, farmer, Great Catley
°Pritchard Norman, frmr. The Grange
Rimell Minifie Rd. farmer & hop grower, North end. TN20
°Roger Benj. farmer, Lower house
°Saxby Leslie Eric, farmer & hop grower, The Farm
Shew Edmund George, farmer & hop grower, Cold Green & Lower Cold Green TN3
Shuck Wm. D. farmer, Brook house
Turner John, farmer, Briercroft
Turner Rt. Jas. farmer, Catley court
Turner Stephen, farmer, Pow Green
Walkers James, farmer, Sugar croft
Williams Fred, beer retailer
Williams Thos. Alfd. farmer, Shilloe
Ye Old Crown Hotel (Frank Rawson, propr)

Typeface: Clarendon, 1845.

Source: Kelly’s Directory of Herefordshire. Published by Kelly’s Directories Ltd, London WC2, 1929.

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