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The River Wye


Fawley, Brockhampton Herefordshire

In the 1880s Fawley, which had previously been a chapelry within Fownhope parish, was transferred to Brockhampton.

Fawley probably means 'hay clearing' or 'hay meadow' - Old Mercian English faelethe-leah or faelethe-eye.

Much Fawley                     photograph courtesy of Hereford City Library


St John's chapel, Fawley

This has a 12th century nave which may have been extended in the 14th century.

image courtesy of Hereford City Library


In 1377 19 males and females over the the age of 14 paid tax at Fawley (only genuine paupers were exempt from the tax).

Carey Mill, on an island in the Wye, belonged to Llanthony Abbey, and was grinding corn in the 13th century. In 1284 the prior of Llanthony obtained Free Warren (exclusive hunting rights) in Fawley. In 1501 Llanthony Abbey, through the auspices of its tenant David ap Gwillym destroyed three tenements in Fawley and converted their arable land into sheep pasture. In 1528 Carey mills and the attached fishery was leased by the prior of Llanthony to Roger Cox.

In 1523 the recorded inhabitants of Falley and their assessed wealth was as follows:

  Johanna ap Gwyllym
 John ap Gwyllym
 Alicia Cox
 Roger Cox
 Luke Brook
 William Sheppard
7 pound
 8 pounds
 4 marks
 6 pound
 20 shillings
 20 shillings

Tax assessment from Herefordshire Taxes in the Reign of Henry VIII edited by M A Faraday: Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, Herefordshire, 2005

In 1562 Elizabeth I granted the lordship and manor of Fawley to Blanche Parry. Blanche was lady-in-waiting to the queen; her tomb is in Bacton church in south-west Herefordshire.


See www.wyenot.com/fawley.htm


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Wye Valley History pages

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This project was part-financed by the European Union (EAGGF) and DEFRA through the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme.