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Pembridge (St. Peter)

PEMBRIDGE (St. Peter), a parish, and formerly a borough, in the union of Kington, hundred of Stretford, county of Hereford, 15½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Hereford; containing 1306 inhabitants. The parish is intersected by the river Arrow and the road from Leominster to Kington, and comprises 6257 acres, of which 70 are common or waste land. Courts leet and baron are held annually; and fairs take place on May 13th for hiring servants, &c., and Nov. 22nd for the sale of cattle; but the market, granted by Henry I., has long been disused. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £36. 10. 2½.; net income, £845; patrons, the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church is a large and lofty structure, with a detached steeple of curious construction. The Wesleyans have places of worship; and there is another belonging to the Home Missionary Society. Two schools are supported by an endowment from William Carpenter in 1650, augmented by a bequest by Henry Bengough in 1818; they are conducted on the national system. Some almshouses were erected and endowed in 1661, by Jeffrey and Bishop Duppa, for six persons, each to receive £5 per annum. Alice Trafford, also, widow of Thomas Trafford, D.D., in conformity with the desire of her husband, in 1686 erected and endowed an almshouse for six persons, each of whom likewise receives £5.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.

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