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Abbeydore, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Abbeydore, a village and a parish, and the head of a poor-law union, in the county of Hereford, 156 miles from London, with a station on the Golden Valley Line, which forms a junction 2 miles south at Pontrilas with the G.W. system. The village stands on the river Dore, and offers facilities for anglers. It has a post office under Pontrilas (R.S.O.), which is the telegraph office; money order office, Ewyas Harold. The parish comprises 5503 acres; population, 480. Abbeydore Court is the chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £421. A Cistercian abbey was founded here by Robert Ewias in 1147, and passed at the dissolution to the Scudamores. The choir, transept, and five chapels remain of the old abbey church, which was restored in 1634 by Lord Scudamore, and is now a large and beautiful edifice, containing some beautiful painted windows and several ancient monuments. The workhouse will accommodate 100 inmates.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Herefordshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Herefordshire newspapers online:

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR2
Post TownHereford