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Bosbury is located in Herefordshire
 Bosbury shown within Herefordshire
Population 780 
OS grid reference SO695434
Unitary authority Herefordshire
Ceremonial county Herefordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Hereford
Postcode district HR8
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament North Herefordshire
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Coordinates: 52°05′17″N 2°26′42″W / 52.0880°N 2.4450°W / 52.0880; -2.4450

Bosbury is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire, England. It is about 8 km (5 mi) north of Ledbury. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 780.

The Church of England parish church, dedicated to The Holy Trinity, stands in the centre of the village and is of Norman foundation with some fine later medieval additions. The tower is notable for being one of seven in Herefordshire standing quite apart from the church, some considerable distance in Bosbury's case. This was for defensive purposes in the troubled border marches.

The village was most noted in the 19th and 20th centuries for hops, being the largest hop farming area outside of Kent. The local hop industry in the area is much reduced and many old hop yards stand empty or have been demolished.

Bosbury was the home of the chairmaker Philip Clissett from about 1842 until his death in 1913. Clissett is well known for his links to the English Arts and Crafts Movement.

The medieval bishops of Hereford had a palace at Bosbury (supporting the village's proud boast that in pre-Conquest times it was a larger community than the City of Hereford), and frequently held court there. The palace remains are on the site of Old Court Farm behind the church.

The Knights Templar had a base in Bosbury at what is now Prior's Court Farm, and there is a Templar grave stone inside the church.

The most notable dwelling, Bosbury House, is a substantial Georgian red brick building just outside the village.

Bosbury is also noted for its many black and white dwellings, some in the village, and several scattered throughout the parish in the ancient farms.

The Victorian novelist, Edna Lyall, is buried and commemorated in the churchyard.

Inside the church sanctuary, one on each of the north and south walls, are two fine examples of Renaissance Italian tombs, dedicated to members of the Harford family who lived in Bosbury throughout the 16th century.


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