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Adforton is located in Herefordshire
Adforton shown within Herefordshire
Population 128 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SO40417114
Civil parish
  • Adforton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Craven Arms
Postcode district SY7 0
Dialling code 01547
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
52°20′02″N 2°52′44″W / 52.3338°N 2.8790°W / 52.3338; -2.8790Coordinates: 52°20′02″N 2°52′44″W / 52.3338°N 2.8790°W / 52.3338; -2.8790
Adforton's local parish church St Andrews.

Adforton is a small village and civil parish in north Herefordshire, England. It is located north of Wigmore, close to the Wales border, and is surrounded by agricultural fields.

It has a church which doubles as a community hall. It is situated on the A4110 main road approximately 22 miles (35 km) north of Hereford. In 1870–72, Adforton was described as

"a township with Stanway, Paytoe, and Grange, in the parish of Leintwardine, in Hereford 2 miles north west of Wigmore with a population of 250 people and 57 houses within the area,"[1] by John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.

It had a population of 128 according to the 2011 census.[2] Adforton provides a full programme of local events throughout the year to residents and visitors. Parish events include guided walks and village fetes. The local history clubs also provide talks about local life in the area from the past. Adforton is also a very keen society in terms of music. Open mic events are regularly put on in pubs, while more classical musical tastes can be satisfied in the local churches. Other events include sporting activities such as cycling, challenge events, orienteering and car rallying events in the countryside. The tourism industry benefits here and as a result a number of high quality holiday accommodations are available such as inns, cottages and bed and breakfast facilities that attract a lot of attention from visitors.[3]

A map Designed in the 20th century by the Ordnance Survey, which shows the location of Adforton and its surroundings.
A scatter graph to show the population change in Adforton between 1881 and 2011.

Main Buildings.[edit]

St Andrews Church was designed and built in 1874 by an architect called J Gilmore. Until this Church was built there was only one other in Adforton, which was the Primitive Methodist Chapel built in 1863. The Royal George Inn is the only public house left in the village. It dates as far back as 1723, and tradition has it that the timbers used for construction, were taken from the ship 'The Royal George', and hence why the Inn is called what it is. However, due to the fact that the ship went down all hands off Spithead on 29 August 1782, so the story seems unlikely.[4] [5] [6]

Population of Adforton analysis.[edit]

Adforton is only a small parish, and as a result, it is hard to interpret whether any changes in the population have been significant or a consequence of an event or change in culture. However between 1881 and 2001, it has clearly fluctuated throughout the decades, but yet eventually been reduced from 204 to 118, which could be judged as a significant reduction for such a small area. From the census data we know that the peak population was in 1901 where the population sat at 215 people however then started to drop in the later decades. In 2001 it reached its lowest point within the time period at 118, however it has begun to rise again, as in 2011 the population was recorded at 128, which is what it sits at now. The reason for the drop pre 2011 may be a consequence of improvements in travel allowing for more people to live in the urban areas. Despite this a growing trend for commuting has occurred in the last decade, which may be why the population is beginning to rise again.[7][8]

Occupational data from the 1881 census.[edit]

The census data for 1881 shows us that agricultural work was the dominant occupation amongst males at the time, as 32 men worked on farms and with animals etc. However, there were men employed in other occupations such as Professional jobs, furniture designers and lodging. As for females, the data shows that most occupations (29) were unspecified and another six were unknown, but despite this the occupation with the most women employed in it was domestic services/ offices. Women did still work in agriculture but not as much as males. The culture at this present time was a significant influence on the structure of workforces. At the time, the tradition was that the men would go out and work and bring in the money, whilst the women would stay at home and look after the children, which could explain why not as many women were involved in the workforce structure make up of Adforton.[9]

The bar graph shows the number of males employed in different occupations in Adforton during 1881.
The graph shows the occupation types and number of women employed in them from the census data of 1881.
This bar graph shows the occupation data for males living in Adforton from the 2011 census data.
A bar graph to show occupational data for women in Adforton, using the 2011 census data.

Occupational data from the 2011 census.[edit]

The types of occupation have obviously significantly changed over the decades, as new job opportunities have been brought to the people of Adforton. According to the 2011 census data, the occupation type with the most males working in it from the parish is jobs involved with skilled trades. Other occupations with a high count are Managers, directors and senior officials, and professionals with a 6 males each employed within them. The occupations with the lowest counts are sales and customer service and Administrative and secretarial occupations. For women the occupations with the highest counts are Administrative and Secretarial services with 8 while the lowest is professional occupations. Since 1881, a lot has changed in the social attitudes related to occupational trends throughout the whole country. Improvements in women's rights have led to more women being employed in the same jobs as men, which therefore explains the clear differentiations from the occupational statistics for 1881, in comparison to 2011.[10][11]


  1. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870). Gazetteer of England and Wales. London: A. Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. ^ Adforton. "Key figures for 2011 census: Key statistics". Office for national statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Adforton events and whats on". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  4. ^ "St Andrews Church". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Adforton history". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Adforton history- Royal George Inn". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Key figures for 2011 census for Adforton: Population". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office For National Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Adforton population data 1881–1961". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ "1881 occupational data for Adforton". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Occupation data for Adforton- Females, 2011 census". Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Occupation data for Adforton: Males, 2011 census". Retrieved 26 April 2015.

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