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- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Mathon is a village and civil parish now in the English county of Herefordshire, lying just to the west of the Malvern Hills between Malvern and Ledbury. Nearby villages include Cradley and Colwall.
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A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Mathon from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "MATHON, a parish in the [registration] district of Ledbury and county of Worcester; under the Malvern hills, adjacent to Herefordshire, 3 miles W of Great Malvern [railway] station. It contains part of the chapelry of West Malvern, which has a post office under Malvern. Acres: 3,366. Real property: £6,284. Population in 1851: 824; in 1861: 1,014. Houses: 194. The increase of population was chiefly within West Malvern chapelry; and the entire population in the Mathon part of that chapelry in 1861 was 539.
- "The property in Mathon proper is divided among a few; and that in West Malvern chapelry is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Mathon Court is the seat of Mrs. Vale; Moorend House, of R. A. Swain, Esq.; Southend, of T. Bennett, Esq.; and Netherly, of R. M'Bean, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £194. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church is variously Norman, decorated English, and later; underwent some recent embellishment; comprises nave and chancel, with a tower; and contains a fine old carved pulpit, a new octagonal stone font, and monuments of several ancient families. There is a national school."
Mathon was the single parish in Mathon Rural District in Worcestershire, from 1894 until 1897. In 1897 the county border was redrawn and Mathon was transferred to Ledbury Rural District in Herefordshire. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)
The parishes of Colwall and Cradley, mentioned by Wikipedia, have always been in Herefordshire.