Welcome to the Parish of Eaton Bishop  

The situation of the Village Hall in the Parish of Eaton Bishop

Although Eaton Bishop Village covers a small area, it is surrounded by a much larger area which forms the wider Eaton Bishop Parish.  The Village Hall lies in the centre of the village and, more importantly, the centre of the entire Parish and the parishioners that it serves.  

Parishioners are dispersed across a very wide area so the central location of the Village Hall offers the perfect opportunity for this disparate population to share a common social and/or meeting facility and for the hall to become a genuine 'social/meeting' hub, which could be for the benefit of the whole community.  It is the ONLY community facility, of this kind, left in the village.

The development of this community facility relies heavily on its use by its parishioners.

If you think you can help in the day to day running of the hall or would like to volunteer for a role, please contact a current member of the management committee.

Further Parish Details 

The parish covers 1660 acres and the majority of that is agricultural land with some areas of common land. The population is around 420 parishioners living in 180 homes. The electoral role is around 330 people

The name Eaton Bishop comes from the old English and means “village by the river belonging to the Bishop.” Eaton Bishop Parish is divided into four parts, each part involving a distinct group/gathering of houses:

  1. one in the centre of the village
  2. another collection around Lower Eaton
  3. a collection around Honeymoor Common
  4. a collection in Ruckhall.

Ruckhall, is a name which is harder to define but it is thought that “ruck” might be a deviation of the Norman “rouge” which would have been in use at the time of Rafe de Sollars who was a large owner after the Norman conquest. “Red Hill” would be an accurate description for that area.

The boundaries of the parish are also ancient ones, they are: the River Wye; the Cage brook and the Roman road at Stoney Street. The rich undulating ground, nearly 340 feet above sea level at it’s highest point, is part red sandstone and clay on which superb crops grow freely and it is still the main source of its prosperity today.

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With thanks to local parishioner, David Richards, for help with the contents of this page.