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Aymestrey, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Aymestrey, a township and a parish in Herefordshire. The township lies on Wathng Street and the river Lugg, 3 miles NNW of Kingsland station, on the G.W.R., and 7 NW of Leominster. The village in it is pleasant; the neighbouring banks of the Lugg are singularly rich and beautiful, and a favourite resort of anglers, and the adjacent limestone quarries are famous for the Silurian fossils that have been found therein. There is a post office under Kingsland (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. The parish includes also the townships of Leinthall-Earles, Upper-Lye, Lower-Lye, Yatton, and Covenhope. Acreage, 6441; population of the civil parish, 623; of the ecclesiastical, 485. Traces of ancient camps are near the village. Mortimer's Cross, in this parish, was the scene of a sanguinary battle, the first of the Wars of the Roses, and which resulted in placing Edward IV. on the throne. Yatton Court is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £244. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is mostly Norman, with arches of more modern date on Norman columns of an exceptional form, each form consisting of a flat between four circular shafts. There is also some herring-bone masonry in the north wall of the church. The perpetual curacy of Leinthall Earles is a separate charge.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHerefordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishAymestrey St. John and St. Alkmund 
Poor Law unionLeominster 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR6
Post TownLeominster