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"ORCOP, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of WORMELOW, county of HEREFORD, 9 miles (W. N. W.) from Ross, containing 491 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Chancellor of the diocese of Hereford, and in the patronage of William Palmer, Esq. Limestone is obtained here." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]



  • Coleman, Delphine - Orcop. The S.P.A. Ltd (Hanley Swan, Worcs) 1992. ISBN 1 85421 194 3
    This book, subtitled 'The Story of a Herefordshire Village from Pre-history to Present Times' is a thoroughly researched account of Orcop, from its beginnings nearby to an ancient trackway from the Midlands into South Wales, through to its resurgence in the early 1990s as a place for 'teleworking'. There is a good chapter on 'Charities and the Poor Law', which provides hope for those looking for evidence of their ancestors in Settlement Certificates and Removal Orders. Primary Sources of research include Deeds and documents of local landowners, and the manuscript notes of the Rev. Norris Dredge, Vicar of Orcop, 1893 to 1909. There are plenty of plans and maps, and over 100 b&w photographs.


  • Delphine Coleman, in her book Orcop [q.v. above], refers to the Rev. Norris DREDGE as - "Curate of Christchurch, Preston, 1876-77; Colne, Lancs, 1877; Ainsworth, Lancs 1877-1880. Chesterfield 1880-1888 (with charge of Calow 1880-1884); Clay Cross, Derbyshire 1888-1893. Vicar of Orcop 1893-1909. Rector of Pettaugh, Suffolk, from 1909 until his death in 1919." [Interesting to me as he was also in Chesterfield!]


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