Cassey: History, Topography & Directory of Herefordshire [Extract]
The entry for Michaelchurch Escley describes the village and the church. The living is a perpetual curacy worth £100 yearly, in the gift of RW Barton, Esq., who also supports the Free school for boys and girls, has a mansion and park here, and is the chief landowner along with the Earl of Abergavenny. Principal tradesmen and farmers are listed as follows:
Richard Ball – beer retailer; Walter Harris – blacksmith; Mrs. Jones – miller and shopkeeper; JD Kedward Esq. – the Court; Charles Pritchard – blacksmith; Samuel Smith – Sun Inn; George Watkins – carpenter.
D Allen – Wern-dyrys; Nathaniel Cobb – Upper House; William Farr; John Gable; Thomas Gwillim – Old House; William Gwillim – Maerdy; Thomas Harris – Blaenau; Howard Howard, jun. – Old House; Howard Howard sen. – Lower House; William Howells – Old Hay; J Howells; William Jones – New House; D Jenkins; George Lewis – Lower House; Richard Lloyd – Cai-carou; Joseph Manwaring – Llwyn-rosser; James Parry; David Patton – the Firs; Thomas Phillips – Ty-u-cha; T Phillips; James Powell – Rhydynog; John Price – New House; James Price; James Pritchard – Llanbadon; John Roberts – Rocky-fold; William Sherratt – Bank Farm; RM Scott; Harry Smith; F Stephens.