1847 – A fatal Attack of Flatulence

Mrs Martha Barnes gave evidence at the inquest on the death of her husband John Barnes, who died rather suddenly during a night in November.

She said that he suffered from flatulence from time to time, and on this occasion he retired to his bed with the condition. Some time later, he awoke and sat up in an effort to relieve the discomfort, and when she asked him how he was she said that he would be better soon when the wind in his tummy had moved on.

He said that he was cold, so his wife put her flannel petticoat over his shoulders, and whilst doing so..”awful to relate, he fell back in the bed a corpse!”

Mrs. Barnes called for her eldest girl and her mother in law, but when they came to help they found that he was beyond aid.

He was a very worthy man and left a widow and five children.

1858 – Schoolchildren given a grand day by Mrs. Freer

The children of Bishopstone, Mansel Lacy and Yazor, nearly 200 in number, were entertained at Bishopstone by Mrs. Lane Freer, assisted by Mrs. Hall, Miss Macmichael, Mrs. Blashill and other good ladies, and also by Mr. Plant of Bishopstone Court who gave his grounds for the purpose.

In the early afternoon the children processed into the church, where they joined in chants and hymns, then they proceeded to a most glorious feast spread under some of the most magnificent lime trees in the county.

Games of all types were then played, including cricket, football, leaping rails, and kite flying. Lots of balloons were let loose, and the weather was kind.

After tea where much cake and other good things were consumed, the children went home, happy with their day.

1863 – Death of the Ven. Richard Lane Freer

The Ven. richard Lane Free D.D, Archdeacon of Hereford was also Rector of Bishopstone-cum-Yazor, and had been ill for some time with cancer of the stomach. Whilst staying in Dover his condition deteriorated but he recovered sufficiently to be moved to Malvern. At his own request, he was moved home to the Rectory in Bishopstone were “amid weeping relatives and friends he calmly yielded up his life”. He was 58

Two days earlier, knowing that he was dying, he asked to be taken around the area surrounding Bishopstone, then calmly gave detailed instructions as to his funeral which he wanted to be private and unostentatious.

The coffin was to be made by a Bishopstone village artisan, and his grave was to be in the pretty Bishopstone churchyard of which he and his wife had cared for so well, and near to the walls of the old church which he had so carefully restored.

1863 – Opening of the first instalment of the Hereford,Hay and Brecon Railway

The line was opened without ceremony, and as guests arrived at the temporary station at Moorfields to catch the 7.30 a.m. train to Eardisley, they were delighted by the decorations on the engine, the “Alexandra” which was of considerable size and power. Wreaths of flowers were strewn over the engine, and flags were gaily adorning each side of the boiler.

There were nine carriages, but because the day was also the day that Hereford Cathedral re-opened there were few passengers. As they set off, a number of fog signals were exploded, and at Credenhill the station was decorated with flags. From the top of the Rectory at Bishopstone there was a large banner proudly floating, and arches of evergreens and flowers spanned the line at Norton Canon, with the word “Welcome” being spelled out.

The train was perfectly on time, and fares were moderate.

1867 – Runaway Horse wrecks Gig

A horse pulling a small gig belonging to Mr. Hart of the Marsh, Bishopstone, bolted in Hereford. It flew up Commercial Road, then “kicked viciously” breaking the splinter bar and destroying the vehicle.

Mr. Hart was thrown from the gig but was not seriously hurt apart from a few scratches, and the horse was successfully brought to a halt without injury.