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Vowchurch, Herefordshire
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Vowchurch St Bartholomew Herefordshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Webtree
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Dore PLU
Registration District Hereford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1642
Bishop's Transcripts: 1670
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Weobley
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office


Parish History

VOWCHURCH (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Dore, hundred of Webtree, county of Hereford, 10 miles (W. by S.) from Hereford. This parish is situated in the "Golden valley," and on the river Dore, celebrated as a fine trout stream. It is intersected by the road from Hereford to Hay. Patron, the Prebendary of Putson Major in the Cathedral of Hereford. The church is very ancient, and remarkable for its fine oak roof supported on large pillars of the same material. There was a chapel at Monington-Straddel, but it was pulled down some few years since, no clergyman being resident at the time. A free school is partly supported, and the poor have some small bequests. [1]

Vowchurch St Bartholomew is an Ancient parish which included the settlements of Mornington and Straddle within the parish boundary; the village and civil parish of Vowchurch is within the Golden Valley of Herefordshire Vowchurch Wikipedia

The Parish church of St Bartholomew has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Vowchurch St Bartholomew


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

The Diocesan Record Office for Herefordshire has deposited Parish registers and Bishop's transcripts

Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street

Office Tel No: +44 (0)1432 260750
Email: archives@herefordshire.gov.uk

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Vowchurch

Census records

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The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Poor Law Unions

Dore Poor Law Union, Herefordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 428-429. Accessed and adapted 22 May, 2013.

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