This is the story of a small rural parish. It traces the lives of the people who lived there and worked the land, and the impact on them of manor, church and landlord. In exploring these three authorities it solves two puzzles, revealing why the parish until 1893 was a tiny island of Worcestershire within Herefordshire and that there were in fact two separate manors, not one.
Troubled times, notably after the Black Death and later after the Civil War, are shown to lead to murder, the settling of old scores, and unscrupulous land grabbing. The main story ends with an account of the 150-year-life of the Barneby family’s Saltmarshe Castle Estate which came to own the entire parish, ending with its sale in the 1950s; but an outline of late 20th century developments including the ownerships of the farms and other dwellings brings the account up to date, here and throughout with maps and many photographs.
A History of Edvin Loach, some 450 pages with photographs and maps, will be published by the Bromyard & District Local History Society, with generous support from the Woolhope Club and the Marc Fitch Fund.
Price £15.50. There is a pre-launch discount of £2 per copy for orders received by 28th October.
Send orders to Alex Hoyle, Bromyard & District Local History Centre, 5 Sherford St, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4DL; or to Allan Wyatt, The Coach House, Edvin Loach. Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4PW.
To secure the pre-launch price, please enclose a cheque for £13.50 payable to Bromyard & District Local History Society.
Copies may also be ordered through the Society’s website www.bromyardhistorysociety.org.uk
You are warmly invited to come to the launch, with refreshments, at the History Centre, 5 Sherford St, Bromyard on Saturday 25 October, 2.30-4.00pm where copies of the book will be on sale and those previously ordered may be collected.