Byford Court was first built in the late 16th century, but was greatly extended and rebuilt during the 1700s. It was always principally a farming house, and has passed through many hands over the years.

Extraordinary Herefordshire Cow at Byford Court

In 1819, Sir John G. Cotterell Bart. Was in residence, and one of his cattle made the headlines when it came up for auction.
“A valuable cow of great weight and astonishing fatness, without ever having eaten corn or oil cake, and has been constantly kept as a store beast until the last twelve months, the property of Sir John G. Cotterell Bart., and bred by him, will be offered for sale by auction in the Herefordshire Agricultural Show in Broad Street, Hereford on 19th October 1819, being the eve of the Hereford Great Cattle Fair; when those gentlemen and breeders who are judges of genuine Herefordshire cattle will have an opportunity of seeing one of the most superior and extraordinary animals the county ever produced.”

Contents of Byford Court Sold

In 1836, the then proprietor of Byford Court, Mr. Heycock, left the estate and put up a great many items for auction, including “highly respectable household furniture; wagon and nag horses and implements”.

1841 – Byford Court Household

There were servants in the household,  but the census page is so badly faded that they are not legible.


Samuel Acton 65 Farmer
Jane Acton 20
James ? 30 servant

1851 – Byford Court Household

Peter B. Giles 32 General Practitioner b. Salop
Caroline Giles 25 Wife b. Norfolk
Peter B. Giles 3? Son b. Byford, Herefordshire
William G. Chattaway 20 Medical Assistant b. Chelsea
Mary Wall 26 Cook b. Brilly, Herefordshire
Ann Walters 17 Housemaid b. All Saints, Herefordshire
Ann Prosser 22 Nurse b. Tillington, Herefordshire
George Madox 19 Groom b. All Saints, Herefordshire

1861 – Byford Court Household

George Pardington 36 Farmer b. Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Sarah M. Pardington 34 Wife b. Chelsea, Middlesex
George L. Pardington 4 Son b. Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Thomas C. Pardington 2 Son b. Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Louisa Cotes 20 Governess b. Birley, Gloucestershire
John Troughton 19 Nephew b. Hailes, Gloucestershire
Mary A. Brace 24 Dairy Maid
Ann Parry 17 Housemaid b. Dilwyn, Herefordshire
George East 21 Groom b. Monnington on Wye, Herefordshire

1871 – Byford Court Household

George Pardington 46 Farmer b. Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Sarah M.Pardington 44 Wife b. Chelsea, Middlesex
George L. Pardington 14 Son b. Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Mary Bufton 25 Servant b. Radnorshire
Mary Parker 24 Servant b. Rowlestone, Herefordshire

1881 – Byford Court Household

John Pearce Ellis 42 Farmer b. Leckhampton, Gloucestershire
Elizabeth Ellis 42 Wife b. Clifford, Herefordshire
Mary Jancey 25 Cook b. Preston Wynne, Herefordshire
Hannah Thomas 17 Housemaid b. Dewsall, Herefordshire
Robert Leah 21 Indoor Farm Servant b. Ledbury, Herefordshire

1891 – Byford Court Household

Charles T. Edward 50 Farmer b. Kinnerton, Radnor
Maria J. Edward 52 Wife b. Warwickshire
Cecilia J. Edward 21 Daughter b. Stowe, Salop
Edith Edward 19 Daughter b. Stowe, Salop
Arthur Edward 17 Son b. Stowe, Salop
Ellen Bellis 27 Cook b. Cheshire
Elizabeth Colwell 19 Housemaid b. Bridge Sollars, Herefordshire
Noah Beavan 15 Groom b. Holme Lacy, Herefordshire

1901 – Byford Court Household

Charles Theodore Edwards 59 Farmer b. Kinnerton, Radnor
Maria Jane Edwards 62 Wife b.  ?
Christopher A. Edwards 27 Son b. Woodville, Salop
Fanny G. Edwards 23 Daughter b.Bridge Sollers, Herefordshire
Mabel Annie Davies 19 Cook b. Byford, Herefordshire
Ellen Caradine 17 Housemaid b. Byford, Herefordshire
Edward Neath 12 Odd Work, Domestic b. Byford, Herefordshire

1911 – Byford Court Household

Frederick Theodore Edwards 40 Farmer b. Radnorshire
Fannie Clarke 44 Housekeeper b. Northants
Kate Dowell 19 Domestic Servant b.Herefordshire
Alfred Lloyde 23 Farm Labourer b. Kenchester, Herefordshire