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Orleton, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Orleton, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands on an affluent of the river Teme, 1½ mile SW by S of Woofferton Junction station on the Shrewsbury and Hereford (Joint L. & N.W. and G.W.) railway, and of the boundary with Salop, and 5 miles S by W of Ludlow. It is one of the oldest villages in the county; presents a very antiquated appearance, as some of its houses are mostly constructed of timber; and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), and a large cattle fair on 23 April. The parish contains also the hamlet of Comberton, and comprises 2606 acres; population, 513. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belonged once to the Mortimers, passed through various hands to Blonnt the antiquary, and is still in the possession of the Blount family. Ashley Moor is the chief residence. Orleton Court is the old manor house, and is said to have sheltered Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. There is a landslip called the Churn or Palmer's Cairn. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £159 with residence. Patrons, the Governors of Lucton School. The church is variously Norman and Early English to Decorated; is a very interesting building, containing beautiful examples of windows of their several periods and a very fine Norman font. It comprises nave, chancel, porch, and tower, with oak-shingled steeple; contains monuments of the Blounts, a piscina, and an ancient wooden chest. It was most carefully and exactly restored in 1864. All the fittings are of oak. A greatly decayed ancient cross is in the churchyard. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Bishop Adam de Orleton was a native.

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 unionLeominster 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtSY8
Post TownLudlow