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Bredwardine, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Bredwardine, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on the river Wye, 2 miles NE of Dorstone station on the Golden Valley railway, 3 SW of Kinnersley station on the Swansea, Brecon, and Hereford branch of the M.R., and 7¼ E by N of Hay. It has a post office under Letton (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Staunton-on-Wye. Acreage of parish, 2262; population of the civil parish, 274; of the ecclesiastical, with Brobury, 340. Bredwardine Castle was the seat of the Bredwardine family, and Thomas Bredwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury, " The Profound Doctor" was a native. Scarcely a trace remains of it. The Wye is crossed here by a bridge of six arches. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Brobury, in the diocese of Hereford; tithe rent commuted at £304 with residence. The church is Early Norman, consisting of chancel and nave, with a recent tower; it was restored in 1875 On the N side is some herring-bone work, believed to be Saxon; there is some good carving above the doors; it contains a curious Norman font, and two ancient monuments. The one on south side, of alabaster, is supposed to represent Sir Roger Vaughan of Bredwardine, who married the daughter of Sir David Gaw, and fell with his father-in-law at the Battle of Agincourt.

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 parishBredwardine St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionHay 
Registration districtHay1837 - 1934
Registration districtHereford1934 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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

For births, marriages, and deaths in Bredwardine from 1837 to 1934 you should search for the Hay Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Bredwardine from 1934 to 1974 you should search for the Hereford Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR3
Post TownHereford