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LOWV walks - Hoarwithy - Wye Hill and Red Rail, Wednesday 6th September

Hoarwithy, Wednesday 6th September

Walk of 3 miles to Red Rail and Wye Hill led by Heather Hurley for the Hoarwithy Club.

WYE HILL                                                                      

 

Wye Hill is a steep wooded slope dotted with cottages overlooking the Wye at Hoarwithy.

Its first known documentation dates from 1681 in a Marriage Settlement which also records the ‘Teytheing Barne’. In 1703 Goodrich Manor listed the cottages of Richard Howells, John Fisher and Thomas Davis as encroachments on ’Wyehill in the Township of Hentland Lanfrother’, and in 1748 John Clarke of Hill Court, Walford, granted a lease for 5s a year of ‘all that cottage, tenement wherein the said Jane Howells doth now inhabit and dwell together with the Garden and Orchard therein belongingto belonging which said premises were thereforeto erected and enclosed out of Waste or Common called Wye Hill’. 

In 1833 Richard Price was living at Wye Hill around the date that George James built his house and buildings later known as the ‘Oddfellows Arms’. It was constructed on a piece of land given to him by Richard Price his father-in-law. Other families living as freeholders on Wye Hill  at this period were the Bevans, Braces, Brislands, Cookes, Evans, Jones, Merediths, Preeces, Pinches, Powles and Wargens.

The inhabitants of Wye Hill during the 19th century worked mainly as agricultural labourers, but there was also a fisherman, a cooper, a thatcher, a shoemaker, shepherd, gardener, journeyman, midwife, dressmaker, haulier and a tailor.  

Red Rail Farm

In 1851 there was three licensed properties on Wye Hill, the Fisherman’s Arms run by Phillip Preece at an unknown location, the Yew Tree a cider house sold in 1900 with its Cider Mill House, piggery and 3 acres, and a beer house  the Oddfellows which had been renamed the Foresters. The later with its skittle alley was built in 1834 and was sold in 1887 to James Preece for £340 who closed the premises, which later became a laundry. Cottages at the top of the hill were supplied with water from the well, and those at the bottom by a well near Red Rail, and access was gained by a cart track which is now a footpath.

 

   

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