Yarkhill is about 9 miles from both Hereford and Ledbury. It is
a much dispersed parish, with no definable nucleus, of
approximately 145 homes spread over some 8 square miles,
comprising about 300
people. It borders the villages of Ashperton, Stoke Edith,
Stretton Grandison, Tarrington and Weston Beggard. Yarkhill lies
in the valley of the River Frome; in 811 the name of this
settlement was Geardcylle meaning enclosure with a kiln. In 1066
it was held by a Knight of King Harold called Arkell and the
present name of Yarkhill may have derived from that or from the
Saxon word Yarcle meaning slope of the hill. The churches
of Tarrington and Stoke Edith can been seen on the other side of
the valley. Yarkhill was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087
and has been a farming community around the River Frome since
that time. Yarkhill once had a school but that has now been
converted into a village hall.
The disused Herefordshire and
Gloucestershire Canal runs through the parish and a section at
Monkhide has been restored. Part of this has the famous skew
bridge that crosses the canal at an unusual angle.
sits close to the remains of a medieval, fortified manor house;
when the river
Frome is in flood the moat of this former house
is the oldest intact building in the village. Close to the river
but high enough to be safe from flooding, it dates from circa
1200 with many extensions, alterations and repairs. St John the
Baptist Church is a grade two-listed building.
The church is typical in design with a nave,
chancel, vestry, and
western tower and seats about 120 people at
full capacity. In the churchyard there is an ancient and very
large yew tree and a war memorial.
Sadly at present the The Newtown Inn is closed but a small
services station operates at the junction of the A417 and A4103,
facilities toilets, refreshments and fuel.
summer there is a Village Fête and Produce show to raise funds
for the general running and maintenance of the church.
This year the Fête will be held in the field in front of the
Saturday 28th July from 2-4:30pm