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Fownhope, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Fownhope, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on the river Wye, under a fine range of hills, 2½ miles ESE of Holme Lacey station on the Hereford, Boss, and Gloucester branch of the G.W.R., and 6¼ SE of Hereford. It has a post and money order office under Hereford; telegraph office at the railway station. Acreage, 3524; population, 829. Two ancient camps occur, one a little north of the village, and the other on Capler Hill, to the east, is double trenched, bears the name of Woodbury camp, and commands a beautiful and extensive view. Fownhope Court is a good, but not large 16th-century mansion, surrounded by well-wooded grounds. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Fawley, in the diocese of Hereford; joint net value, £177 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is Early English, with a Norman central tower, chancel, nave, and south aisle; it contains an interesting font of the 14th century, three piscinae, and a solid oak cbest; it was restored in 1882. There is a Baptist chapel and a meeting-house for the Brethren.

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 parishFownhope St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHereford 
Registration districtHereford1837 - 1974

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

Civil Registration

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For births, marriages, and deaths in Fownhope from 1837 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 districtHR1
Post TownHereford