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Madley, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Madley, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands 1½ mile S of the river Wye, 5 miles NW of Tram Inn station on the G.W.Pi., and 6½ W by S of Hereford, It dates from ancient times, was once a market-town, and has a post and money order office (R.S.O.); telegraph office,. Tram Inn. The parish comprises 5358 acres; population of the civil parish, 767; of the ecclesiastical, with Tiberton,. 893. A castle formerly stood at the village. A ferry for horses and carriages is on the Wye to Bridge Sellers and By-ford. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Tiberton, in the diocese of Hereford; net value,. £371 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is partly Norman, but chiefly Decorated, and was restored in 1878; has a polygonal apse over a fine octagonal crypt, with a central shaft and good groining; has, in the E end of a chapel, restored in 1883, a large five-light window; has elsewhere windows, mostly of two lights, in mixtures of Early English and Decorated; has at the W½ end a beautiful embattled tower, surmounted by a high turret, locally called "Jacob's Chair;" and contains. sedilia, remains of stalls with desks and miserere seats, a remarkable ancient font, and several handsome monuments. A broken cross is near the church, and another is near the-village. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishMadley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDore 
Registration districtDore1837 - 1838
Registration districtHereford1838 - 1974

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Madley 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