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Orcop, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Orcop, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on an affluent of the river Wye, 3 miles NW of the river Monnow, at the boundary with Monmouthshire, 4½ E of Pontrilas station on the G.W.R., and 8½ W by N of Ross, and is a scattered place. It has a post office under Tram Inn (R.S.O.); money order office, St Weonards; telegraph office, Pontrilas. The parish comprises 2465 acres; population, 474. There is a parish council consisting of six members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £120. The church shows peculiar and interesting features; was partly restored, partly rebuilt in 1861; has a massive, richly-moulded, oaken roof; has also a unique, three-staged, heavy, oaken tower, reconstructed after the model of a previous old tower; and contains a carved stone pulpit. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishOrcop St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDore 
Registration districtDore1837 - 1838
Registration districtHereford1838 - 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 Orcop from 1837 to 1838 you should search for the Dore Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Orcop from 1838 to 1974 you should search for the Hereford Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Orcop from the following:

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 districtHR2
Post TownHereford