Whittington (with Swinesherd) Littleburys Directory 1879

Whittington is a small village and chapelry belonging to St. Peter’s parish, Worcester, distant about 2 ½ miles S.E. of the city, on the road to Evesham; in the western division of the county and hundred of Lower Oswaldslow; union of Pershore; polling district, county court district, and petty sessional division of Worcester; highway district of Upton Snodsbury; annual rateable value, £2,638; area of the chapelry, 989 acres; population in 1861, 309; in 1871 (including Swinesherd), 373, with 85 inhabited houses and 87 families or separate occupiers. Robert Berkeley, Esq., of Spetchley park, is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is marl; chief crops, wheat, beans, and barley. The chapel-of-ease is a small stone edifice, in the Early English style, with chancel, nave, and bell-cot. There are 243 sittings, 140 being free. The living is in the fit of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. (For further particulars see St. Peter’s, Worcester, page 36.) The earliest register is dated 1709. There is a small school for boys and girls. Cruckbarrow (or Crookbarrow) hill is an object of interest to the antiquary. It is believed to have been thrown up and used by the Druids, or as a burying-place for some great chieftain. It is elliptical in form, and is now crowned with trees. If it is a tumulus, it is one of the largest in England. Part of Swinesherd (or Swenchard) is an outlying portion of St. Martin’s parish, Worcester, distant 2 miles S.E. of the city.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Letters are received through Worcester. The wall letter-box is cleared at 5.35 p.m. on week-days, and 11.35 a.m. on Sundays. Worcester is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Chapel-of-Ease. – Rev. William Wright, M.A., Vicar of St. Peter’s, Worcester, with Whittington; Rev. Beaufort Harkness Dixon, Curate; Mr. George Groves, Churchwarden; Edward Stinton, Parish Clerk.

National School (boys and girls). – Miss Harding, Mistress.

County Police Station. – John Cattell, Constable.


Beck Mr. Thomas, Shrub villa

Chamberlain Robert, Esq., The Elms

Doe Mr. Enoch & Mrs. T. E., Bank cot.

Hunt Mrs., The Cottage

Laugher Mr. Jas., Avenue vil., Swinesherd

Leader Benjamin Williams, Esq., Whittington lodge

Lloyd Colonel, Belle Vue villa

Matchett Captain, Whittington villa

Wilson Rev. Joseph Bowstead, M.A. (rector of St. Helen’s, Worcester)


Birt Mrs. Helen, shopkeeper

Bromfield W., gardener, 1 Rose cottages

Cattell John, police officer, Police Station

Cooper George, blacksmith

Cowley Henry William, carpenter, joiner, and market gardener, Bird’s close

Davis William, builder, Red hill

Ewins George, boot and shoe maker

Green John, farmer, Uffnall; res., Heath grange, St. John’s, Worcester

Groves George, farmer, Cruckbarrow farm and church farm

Harding Miss, schoolmistress

Leader Benjamin Williams, artist, Whittington lodge

Meadows Mrs., shopkeeper, Swinesherd

Meadows Mrs. J., laundress

Moore J., quartermaster, 2 Rose cottages

Smith Richard, farmer, The Elms farm

Watson Edwin, farmer & miller, Swinesherd mill (in St. Martin’s parish)

Weston Walter Morris, Swan Inn

Wilmore James, wheelwright, Swinesherd

Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.