Froome, Canon (St. James)
FROOME, CANON (St. James), a parish, in the union of Ledbury, hundred of Radlow, county of Hereford, 6 miles (N. W. by N.) from Ledbury; containing 115 inhabitants. The manor-house of Canon-Froome, belonging to the Hopton family, was a military station in the civil war; it was fortified for the king, and afterwards became an intermediate garrison between Hereford and Worcester: the church, which was situated close to it, was destroyed to render it more defensible. The parish is bounded on the north by the river Froome; and the canal from Gloucester, through Ledbury, to Hereford, passes its south-west boundary. It comprises 1023a. 36p., of which about 100 acres are woodland, and the remainder is computed to be in nearly equal portions arable and pasture; the ground is undulated, and the soil in general rich loam, occasionally alternated with sand: limestone-gravel, excellent for roads, is abundant. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed by the Hopton family with the rectorial tithes, valued in the king's books at £4. 13. 4., and in the gift of the incumbent, the Rev. John Hopton, whose ancestors for several generations have been lords of the manor: the tithes have been commuted for £181. 7., and the glebe contains 4 acres. The church was rebuilt with brick after the Restoration. A school for girls is supported by the incumbent.