The interior of this church is stunning, especially the wood ceiling.  Prominant names include Raper, Griffiths and Bright

The interior of this church is stunning, especially the wood ceiling. Prominant names include Raper, Griffiths and Bright

around 13th century, but completely renovated

around 13th century, but completely renovated

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Nicholson Peyton died 19th August 1841 aged 58.  Married 25th October 1811 Eliza, daughter of Thomas and charlotte Griffith.  AlsoCharlotte, eldest daughter of Nicholas, died 6th September 1842 aged 29.  Also Charles William, 4th son of Nicholas, who died in London on 29th March 1849 aged 26.  Also Reynolds, eldest son of Nicholas, died 17th January 1861 aged 47.  Also Eliza, widow of Nicholas, died Eastbourne on Christmas Eve, 1861 aged 75.

Nicholson Peyton died 19th August 1841 aged 58. Married 25th October 1811 Eliza, daughter of Thomas and charlotte Griffith. AlsoCharlotte, eldest daughter of Nicholas, died 6th September 1842 aged 29. Also Charles William, 4th son of Nicholas, who died in London on 29th March 1849 aged 26. Also Reynolds, eldest son of Nicholas, died 17th January 1861 aged 47. Also Eliza, widow of Nicholas, died Eastbourne on Christmas Eve, 1861 aged 75.

Richard Brydges died 18th December 1750 aged 58.  Also Thomas Brydges died 9th July 1765 aged 61.

Richard Brydges died 18th December 1750 aged 58. Also Thomas Brydges died 9th July 1765 aged 61.

Memorial to the parents of Humphrey Walwyn, who founded the Grocers School now know as The Elms, Colwall

Memorial to the parents of Humphrey Walwyn, who founded the Grocers School now know as The Elms, Colwall

A lovely brass of 1590, commemorating Elizabeth Harford and her six sons and four daughters.

A lovely brass of 1590, commemorating Elizabeth Harford and her six sons and four daughters. Unfortunately, as with many of the altar images, the lighting made a good photograph difficult

Colwall nestles on the lower Western slopes of the Malvern Hills and is equidistant (about 4 miles) from both Malvern and Ledbury. The name originally meant the place with the cool well, and the numerous wells in the area are world famous. The church is some distance from the main village, but at the time that it was built there would have been scarce households, and possibly most of them were in the vicinity of the church. In the 1860s the railway arrived (Colwall still has a station today, and although it is tiny with a very short platform, the main Hereford to Paddington train stops here several times a day) and houses began to spring up around the station. Evendine is a small hamlet within the boundaries of Colwall, and boasts extensive limestone quarries – genealogists may find their ancestors working in these quarries, although there was of course extensive farming in the area. Herefordshire is after all a rather large field with a few towns and villages scattered around!
In 1926 Mrs Scott-Bowden who owned the Colwall Park Hotel at the time, organised a women’s cricket festival, which was the foundation of the National Women’s Cricket Association.