Walford, Ross-on-Wye

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Walford
Walford is located in Herefordshire
Walford
Walford
Walford shown within Herefordshire
Population 1,504 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO587204
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ross-on-Wye
Postcode district HR9
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Herefordshire
51°52′50″N 2°36′05″W / 51.8806°N 2.6014°W / 51.8806; -2.6014Coordinates: 51°52′50″N 2°36′05″W / 51.8806°N 2.6014°W / 51.8806; -2.6014

Walford is a village in south Herefordshire, England, two miles south of the market town of Ross-on-Wye. It includes the settlements of Bishopswood, Coughton, Deep Dean, Hom Green and Walford.

The two Church of England churches in the parish, All Saints at Bishopswood and St Michael and All Angels at Walford, lie in different dioceses. The centre of the nave of Walford church was constructed around 1100 making it one of the earliest churches to be built in Herefordshire.[2] Bishopswood Church is far more recent being endowed in 1841.[3]

The B4324 Ross-on-Wye to Coleford road runs through the village.

The River Wye forms the western boundary of the parish. Kerne Bridge allows the B4229 road to cross the river to Goodrich.

Walford Court was the headquarters of Col John Birch during the siege of Goodrich Castle in the English Civil War.

In Hom Green is Hill Court Manor, a country house built in 1700, now a Grade I listed building[4] and the closed Church of the Paraclete. The Grade II listed[5] church was built in 1905–06 to designs by Benjamin Bornoff in memory of Major Lionel Messi.[6]

Walford is sometimes confused with another Walford in the north of the county, however this Walford has the local compulsive liar Harry Stradling.

Walford has a children's nursery (at the village hall) and a primary school.

Railways[edit]

The Ross and Monmouth Railway went through the village between Ross-on-Wye railway station and Monmouth Troy railway station from 1873/4. Eventually Walford Halt railway station was opened. It was opened by the Great Western Railway on 23 February 1931[7] and consisted of 120ft platform and a small hut on the east side of the line. It was unstaffed and had no freight facilities or sidings. The staff of Kerne Bridge station lit the platform lights and cleaned the stop, though its traffic receipts were counted with Ross-on-Wye's.

The halt closed on 5 January 1959[7] when the Ross and Monmouth Railway was closed to passengers. The track was still used from Ross-on-Wye to Lydbrook until 1965 as a private siding to serve a cable works.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Listed building England 1099665
  5. ^ Listed building England 1348845
  6. ^ Lionel Trafford by James Baxendale OBE
  7. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 239. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  8. ^ Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
  9. ^ Stan Yorke, Lost Railways of Gloucestershire, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84674-163-0

External links[edit]

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