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Digital Images Collection: Duncumb - History and Antiquities of the County of Hereford

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Clodock, Cusop, Llancillo, Michaelchurch Escley, Rowlestone, St Margarets, Walterstone




Photographs of the chapters of Duncumb’s book, published in 1812, describing the parishes within the Hundred of Ewyas Lacy. The images are not searchable by the site search engine.


The photographs are available by following the links below, in the form of one document for each parish, each containing multiple images of the relevant pages large enough to be easily read on-screen. The file sizes are large, and may take some time to download.




The text describes Roman remains in the area including roads and fortifications. The effects of the Norman Conquest and the rule of the Marcher Lords are discussed, including the grant of Ewyas to Walter de Laci [Lacy] by William Fitz-Osbern, Earl of Hereford. There is a detailed description of Longtown [Ewias] castle and its military history including a siege during a rebellion in 1146 by Howell, son of Owen Gwynedd Prince of Wales. Clodock church and its three subordinate chapels at Craswall, Llanveynoe and Longtown  are described and details are given of the architecture and the memorials in the church, which was granted to the Prior and Convent of Llanthony by Walter de Lacy. Tithes paid to constables and bailiffs, and stipends paid to vicars and other clerics are itemised. There is a description of the foundation and history of the Grandmontine Priory in Craswall.




The Lords of the manor of Cusop are named, as are all the rectors and their patrons [including in early years the Prior and convent of Llanthony] from AD 1290 to 1804. There is reference to two castles, one a fortified house, the other a military fort or watchtower. The church architecture is described, and memorials are listed with their inscriptions.




The boundaries and Lordship of the manor are described, naming the Scudamore family of Kentchurch and Rowlston as the ancient Lords. The church architecture is described and the rectory is said to belong to the Priory of Llanthony. There is reference to an iron forge that ‘was worked here during several centuries’.


Michaelchurch Escley:


The ownership of the principal estate [presumably the Michaelchurch Court Estate] is said to have rested with several generations of the Thomas family, then passing to John Lewis Esq., who died in 1802 and then to the present owner [1812] Thomas Edmund Lewis. Tithes in the parish were given by the Lacy family to the Abbey of Llanthony, and their ownership after the dissolution is described. The Church architecture and memorial inscriptions are described.





A description of the boundaries of the manor is given, and it is noted that it was leased or sold to the Scudamore family of Kentchurch from early times. Tithes were given by the de Lacy family to the Abbey of Llanthony, and their disposition after the dissolution is noted. The church architecture is described in detail including reference to a Saxon arch and decorations, and details of memorials and their inscriptions are given. Excerpts from the Parish Registers relating to the Scudamore family are quoted.



St Margarets:


The parish is said to include the township of Newton, and it is noted that the manor of Newton was part of the possessions of the Abbey of Llanthony, which also possessed the tithes from the parish until the dissolution. The principal estate is the Court, said to have been owned by the Prosser family for generations. The architecture of the church is described in detail, including a lengthy description of the rood screen. The memorials and their inscriptions are also given.





The name of Walterstone is said to derive from Walter de Lacy who held it as part of Ewyas Lacy after the Norman Conquest. There is reference to the Verdon family who succeeded the de Lacys, and to the Cecil family whose ancient seat was Alterynnis. There is an extensive genealogy of the Cecil family, including links to Princes and Kings of Wales during the Dark Ages, and references to their participation in various wars and battles over several centuries. Details are given of the architecture and land holdings of Alterynnis. There is brief reference to the architecture of the church with its memorials and inscriptions, and to the tithes possessed by the Abbey of Llanthony. There is brief reference to several military fortifications in the area including some Roman remains.

There is also a brief description of Trewin, the Bwlch and the Futhog [Fwthog] as townships in the Hundred of Ewyas Lacy.


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