Place:Kenderchurch, Herefordshire, England

Alt namesHowtonsource: settlement in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.973°N 2.893°W
Located inHerefordshire, England
Also located inHereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Herefordshire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoKentchurch, Herefordshire, Englandparish of which it was a chapelry until "early"
Webtree Hundred, Herefordshire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Dore Rural, Herefordshire, Englandrural district 1894-1934
Dore and Bredwardine Rural, Herefordshire, Englandrural district 1934-1974
South Herefordshire District, Hereford and Worcester, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1998
Herefordshire District, Herefordshire, Englandunitary authority covering the area since 1998
source: Family History Library Catalog

Kenderchurch is not listed in Wikipedia nor is it found in the Google search engine. It appears to have remained a civil parish at least until 1974. A number of small parishes in the area seem to have merged into two civil parishes named Golden Valley South and Golden Valley North. Reference is made to a small settlement named Howton where there is a Roman Catholic Priory.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Kenderchurch from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"KENDERCHURCH, a parish in the [registration] district and county of Hereford; on the river Dore and the Hereford and Abergavenny railway, 1 mile NNE of Pontrilas [railway] station, and 2 SE of Abbeydore. Post Town: Pontrilas, under Hereford. Acres: 783. Real property: £990. Population: 99. Houses: 16. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value: £58. Patron: the Earl of Oxford. The church is ancient, was recently restored, and stands on an eminence."

Research Tips

  • Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre, Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA is where paper and microfilm copies of all records for Herefordshire are stored. The Archives Centre has a website where the index to the archives (and also the wills catalog) can be searched. One item in the catalog is List of all Herefordshire parish register and bishops transcripts holdings which is a PDF file with information provided in an old version of Excel.

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Herefordshire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
  • Unfortunately, only one volume on Herefordshire has been published in the Victoria County History series. British History Online have produced a series of Ordnance Survey first edition maps for the county which may be helpful for mid-nineteenth century inquiries
  • lists its collections of Herefordshire genealogical material.
  • FindMyPast collections of historical records can be searched for Herefordshire. They have collections of parish records for the pre-1837 period.