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Bacton, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Bacton, a village and a parish in Herefordshire, in the Golden Valley, near the Dore river, 1½ mile NW of Abbeydore, 4 miles NW of Pontrilas station on the G.W.R., and 11 SW of Hereford, the post town; the money order office is at Ewyas-Harold, and telegraph office at Pontrilas. Acreage, 1178; population, 117. The Grange and the Manor House are the principal residences. Morehampton Park, now a farm, was formerly a seat of the Hoskyns family, and here Sergeant Hoskyns is said to have entertained James I. with a morris dance of twelve centenarians. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £92 with residence. The church is a small interesting building with Norman work; it contains a monument to Blanche Parry, a maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth. Two special features in connection with this church are the beautiful silver gilt chalice and paten of pro-Reformation date, by the same maker as the celebrated Nettlecombe chalice, and the worked white silk altar cloth presented to the church by Blanche Parry in Elizabeth's reign.

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 
Poor Law unionDore 
Registration districtDore1837 - 1838
Registration districtHereford1838 - 1974

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR2
Post TownHereford