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The River Wye


Hoarwithy, Hentland Herefordshire


Swans at Hoarwithy August 2006


Hoarwithy - the pub (The New Harp) and the post-office


The hamlet of Hoarwithy on the tithe map of 1840. The Wye at Hoarwithy is crossed by means of a horse ferry. Two pubs are shown - the Three Salmons Inn and the Old Harp Inn.


Hoarwithy toll-bridge when it was still operating.



August 17th 2006


Hoarwithy meadow with the old toll-house in the background in 2004


Thomas Williams, Victualler of the Harp Inn in 1851, aged 36 years


In 1925 the descendants of Thomas Williams visited the building which had been his inn.


The Harp is now Upper Orchard


In the background as the 'Harp Temperance Hotel' proprietess Miss Fanny Pope c1900.


Upper Orchard in Spring 2006


The church of St Catherine at Hoarwithy - this church 'is recognised by architectural historians and writers of guide books as a remarkable Victorian building.'

Hoarwithy is in the parish of Hentland and by the 19th century was the largest settlement in the parish. In order to serve this community a new church was built on this site in 1843. The original church had no dedication and was simply known as the chapel of ease to Hentland and was a simple rectangular stone structure structure.

William Poole became vicar of Hentland with Hoarwithy in 1854. It was Poole who commissioned the architect John Pollard Seddon to rebuild the church at Hoarwithy in the 1870s.


Watercolour of Hoarwithy by Roy Macready, 1978. The church is in the background. The range of buildings across the centre are those of the Old Mill. The mill itself is on the left: the Mill House is on the right.


The lowest of a range of mills on the Wriggles Brook, the Old Mill, Hoarwithy was  a water-powered corn mill owned by William Mynd of Llanfrother in the early 18th century.


Hoarwithy Mill was sold to Alfred Locke in 1903. Locke, in turn sold it to Thomas Dance, the former landlord of the New Harp at Hoarwithy. Dance converted Hoarwithy Mill to from water-power to electricity and died in 1940, when he was described as a 'Miller, Corn and Coal Merchant and Haulier'. The next owner, Thomas Henry Oldis, continued to mill corn on the site. Hoarwithy Mill was still working in 1970 but had ceased production by 1978.

The Old Mill is now a guesthouse and a self-catering cottage.

Mills on the Wriggles Brook on Isaac Taylor's 1754 map of Herefordshire marked by the circular symbols with a dot in the middle. The Old Mill at Horewithy, 'Horewithy', is just to the left of the north-south road through the village. There is no bridge to carry the road across the stream.


Cattle being driven through Hoarwithy


House at Hoarwithy with steam from laundry in background


Tresseck and Altbough


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