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Shobdon, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Shobdon, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands near the river Lugg, 2½ miles NNW of Pembridge station on the G.W.R., and 8 WNW of Leominster. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) The parish comprises 3639 acres; population, 348. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor, with Shobdon Court, belongs to Lord Bateman. The mansion was built in the reign of George I. in the style of Louis XIV., and stands in an extensive park. Traces of a Roman or a Danish fort are at Castle Hill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £500 with residence. Patron, Lord Bateman. The church was partly rebuilt in 1753. A priory anciently stood near it, and was removed to Eye.

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 parishShobdon St. John the Evangelist 
Poor Law unionLeominster 

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

Civil Registration

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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 districtHR6
Post TownLeominster