Yarpole, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Yarpole, Herefordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Yarpole, Herefordshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wolphy
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Leominster
Registration District Leominster
Records begin
Parish registers: 1561
Bishop's Transcripts: 1661
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Leominster
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History

YARPOLE (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Leominster, hundred of Wolphy, county of Hereford, 5 miles (N. N. W.) from Leominster. The parish consists of 2523 acres, and the road from Leominster to Ludlow passes about a mile eastward of the village. [1]

Yarpole is a village in North Herefordshire within the civil parish of Croft and Yarpole. See Yarpole Wikipedia

The Ancient Parish of Yarpole St Leonard includes Bircher within the parish boundary. A map of th parish boundary is available at A church near you

Both the church and its detached bell tower have been designated as listed buildings the church of St Leonard Green Lane Yarpole has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building and was restored in 1864 by Sir G.G. Scott. The detached bell tower frame timbers have been dated to 1192 and the tower has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building and is one of the oldest listed wooden structures in England.

Yarpole St Leonard with St Michael and All Angels Croft are part of the Leominster Team Ministry Leominster Community Portal and images of the church and tower are found at that site.


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 references AD 55/1-9 for years 1561-1877 AN 70/1 ( microfilmed) 1857-1918, AN70/2 1877-1981 and Bishop's transcripts 1661-1846

Other parish records including poor rate bastardy, settlement and removal are under reference S 70

Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street

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

Link to the Family History Library film numbers in their collection Yarpole

Census records

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

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

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census

Poor Law Unions

Leominster 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 707-716. Accessed and adapted 23 July, 2013.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.