Bromsgrove (with the villages of Stoke Prior, Upton Warren, Tardebigg) Pigots Directory 1842

Bromsgrove, a market town in the parish of its name, in the upper division of the hundred of Halfshire, in 116 miles N. W. from London, 13 N.E. by N. from Worcester, the like distance S.W. from Birmingham, and 13 N.W. from Alcester; cheerfully seated on the small river Spadesbourn, and about a mile and a half to the east of the line of the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. This place, anciently called Bremesgrave, was a royal demesne at the time of the Conquest, and continued to be so till the reign of Henry III. Before the opening of the railway above-noticed, it was a place of considerable thoroughfare, upon the Great Western road. An extensive manufactory of silk buttons, furnishes employment to many hands, particularly children; and the making of nails, and malt are branches of some consequence. In the reign of Edward I Bromsgrove returned two members to parliament, but it has for a long period ceased to enjoy such privilege. The town is within the jurisdiction of the county magistrates: a bailiff and other offices are annually appointed at the courts-leet of the lords of the manor, Earl Amherst and John Drummond, Esq.; a court baron is held every three weeks for the recovery of debts under 40s; and another is established under a recent act, wherein debts can be sued for to the amount of £15. – this latter court is holden at the Town Hall every two months.

The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a very ancient and beautiful structure, combining portions in the Norman style, and others in the early decorated and later styles of English architecture, of which last, the tower and spire, and most of the exterior of the church, are fine specimens. The tower is surmounted by a lofty, well-proportioned spire; and the edifice is approached one way by a flight of sixty-two steps: the interior contains many curious and interesting monuments. The church-yard is large, and from it may be contemplated most extensive and pleasing prospects, over a fertile country, varied by hill and dale, and irrigated by clear streams of water. The living is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of King’s Norton annexed, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. There are places of worship for Baptists, independents, and Wesleyan Methodists. The principal charities comprise a free grammar school, founded in the reign of Edward IV, with scholarships and fellowships to Worcester College, Oxford; and some endowed almshouses. The neighbourhood of Bromsgrove is adorned with several fine seats, amongst which are Hewell Grange, belonging to the Hon. Robt. Henry Clive, M.P.; and the elegant residence of the Right Hon. and Rev. Lord Aston, at Tardebigg. The market is held on Tuesday; and the fairs on the 24th of June for horses, 1st October for horses, cattle, &c.; and a statute meeting for hiring servants on the 24th September; besides which there are toll free markets for fat cattle, on the last Tuesday in the months of February, March, April, May and August. The parish of Bromsgrove contained, in 1831, 8,612 inhabitants, and, in 1841, 9672.

Stoke Prior is a parish, in the hundred of Oswaldslow; the village being situate about two miles south from Bromsgrove. Some extensive salt, soap, and vitriol works are in this parish. The church is dedicated to St. Michael; the living is a vicarage, in the same patronage as that of Bromsgrove. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,100 inhabitants, and, in 1841, 1,534.

Upton-Warren is a parish, in the hundred of Halfshire; the village is situated on the main road leading to Bromsgrove and Droitwich, two miles and a half S.S.W. from the former, and three miles and a half N.N.E. from the latter town. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was some years since partly rebuilt, and the interior is neatly fitted up: the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Earl of Shrewsbury. Population about 500.

Tardebigg is a parish, partly in the hundred of Halfshire, and partly in the hundred of Barlichway, county of Warwick: the village, which is three miles E.S.E. from Bromsgrove, is pleasantly situated upon the banks of the Worcester and Birmingham canal. The parish church of St. Bartholomew, is a neat stone structure, and being on an eminence, is an object from the road prominent and pleasing. The living is a vicarage, in the incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Lord Aston. The parish (which included the hamlets of Bentley, Redditch, and Webheath Yields) contained, at the last census, (1841) 4,344 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, High-street, BROMSGROVE, Thomas Collis, Post Master – Letters from LONDON arrive every morning (Monday excepted) at twenty minutes past four, and are despatched every night (Saturday excepted) at half-past eight. – Letters from the North arrive every morning at five minutes before two, and are despatched every night at half-past eight. – Letters from the South arrive every night at half past nine, and are despatched every morning at twenty-five minutes before three. – Letters from the West arrive every night at twenty minutes past nine and half-past eleven, and are despatched every morning at ten minutes past three and afternoon at half-past twelve.

The letter box closes one hour before the departure of the London and North mail, and at ten at night for the South and West of England mails.


Adams John, Esq. Kidderminster Road

Ashwell Rev. Thomas, High St

Aston Right Honourable and Rev. Lord, Tardebigg

Campbell Rev. Henry, Grafton

Clive Hon. Robert Henry, M.P. Hewell

Collett Benjamin, Esq. Grafton house

Ellins George, Esq. Rigby hall

Fletcher George, Esq. High St

Hooper Rev. George, Upton Warren

Horton Mrs. Catherine, St. John St

Jacob Rev.Geo. Andrew, Worcester St

Moore Miss Ann, Worcester St

Moore Rev.Thomas B.G. St. John St

Rufford George, Esq. Grafton manor

Sanders Mrs. Mary, High St

Taylor Mr. Benjamin, Strand


Not otherwise c described are Day Schools.

Allen James, Worcester St

INFANTS’ SCHOOL, Close – Joseph Smith, master; Eliza Smith, mistress Johnson the Misses (boarding and day) Strand

KING EDWARD SIXTH’s GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Worcester street – G. A. Jacob, master

Knight Hannah (boarding and day) High St

Lea Measham, High St

Price Mary, Hanover St

Rose William, Hanover St

Scroxton Mary & Jane, St. John St

Simpson Joseph (brdg.) Worcester St


Doogood William, High St

Robeson Messrs. High St

Taylor Benjamin, jun. Strand

Vernon & Minshall, St. John St


Fetherstone William, High St

Gabb George Green, High St

Johnson William, High St

Ward James, High St


Baylis William, Worcester St

Brace William, High St

Cooke Thos. (&confectioner) High St

Fawke John, St. John St

Harrison William, Worcester St

Jew Joseph, Worcester St

Marriss George, High St

Rofe Robert, Strand

Tench James, High St

Webster George, High St


Rufford, Biggs & Co. High St – (draw on Spooner, Attwoods’ & Co. London)

STOURBRIDGE & KIDDERMINSTER BANKING CO. (branch of – draw on Smith, Payne and Smiths London)

SAVINGS’ BANK, High St – Olive Williams, secretary


Butler Ralph, Bourn heath

Croft Samuel, Worcester St

Harbach Thomas, Worcester St

Hartle William, High St

Ingram, Win. (jobbing) Rotten row

Ledbury William, Worcester St

Morris William, High St

Sutton Solomon, Bedlam


Maund Benjamin, High St

Scroxton John, High St


Burton William, High St

Butler James, St. John St

Clements George, Worcester St

Evans John, Worcester St

Hughes George, Worcester St

Lacey Mary Ann (shoe warehouse)

High street Morris William, Worcester St

Osborne Thomas, High St

Perkins Thomas High St

Tandy J ames High St

Wall Joseph, Pleck

Wall William, St. John St

Webb Elizabeth, High St

Wild William, Strand


Brooke Charles, High St

Morris Edward, High St

Smith Joseph, Sidemore

Watton Edward, Worcester St

Witheford Clement, High St


Buggins William, Worcester St

Hill William, Hanover St

Pardoe William, Strand


Beresford James, Rotten row

Bott John, Worcester. St

Bott Peter Worcester St

Brasier Benjamin, Worcester St

Bullingham Henry, High St

Davenport William, High St

Dutton William, Worcester St

Haines Benjamin, High St

Knight Francis, Stroud

Knight Henry, Worcester St

Leek Richard, High St

Manly Joseph, Worcester St

Martin Francis, High St

Parsonage John, St. John St

Troth Benjamin (pork.) High St

Wall William, High St

Watton William, High St

Wells John, Worcester St


Barley Thomas, Catshill

Bott Thomas, Strand

Buggins William. (builder) Worcester St

Edwards Thomas High St

Gabb George Green (builder) High St

King William, Worcester St

Moss James, Burton’s yard

Skidmore James, High St

Spilsbury Richd. (builder) Worcester St

Woodhouse William (builder) Strand

Wright Robert, High St


Blent Charles, High St

Wildsmith William, Worcester St


Fletcher William, St. John St

Llewellyn William, Worcester St

Tench James, High St


Cullwick John, Worcester St

Greening William & Joseph, High St

Haines John Jenkins, High St

Maund Benjamin & Co. Nigh St

Wood John, High St


Banner Thomas, Rotten row

Barrett Thomas, Worcester St

Day George, High St

Dowler William, St. John St

Prosser Henry, Worcester St

Rea William, Worcester St


Fetherstone William Hope, High St

Knott Henry, Worcester St

Nokes Moses, Worcester St

Tudor Richard, High St


Godfrey Isaiah Whitford

Martin Thomas & John, Charford

Milton Joseph, High St

Wall Francis, High St


Crane Elizth. & Joshua Bell, High St

Tandy Benjamin Roe, Strand


BIRMINGHAM, Jno. Holyoake, High St

BIRMINGHAM DISTRICT, Edward Perkins, High St

EXETER and WEST or ENGLAND, George Dipple, High St

NORWICH UNION, Benjamin Maund, High St

PHOENIX, Benjn. Roe Tandy, Stroud

ROYAL EXCHANGE, Samuel Hedges, High street

SUN, William Ward, High St


Button William, High St

Casewell John, Worcester St

Woodward William, St. John St


(See also Shopkeepers, &c.)

Amiss James, High St

Amphlett Joseph, High St

Brooke William, High St

Caswell Samuel, Worcester St

Cullwick John, Worcester St

Daniel John (& provision) High St

Frayne William Richard (&druggist) High street

Greening Wm. &Joseph (&druggists) High St

Penn E. & P. High St

Wilson Thomas, High St


Cox Samuel, High St

Houghton Robert, Worcester St

Lawer Thomas, High St

Layton James, Worcester St

Sealey Charles, High St

Wickward William, Worcester St


Garfield John, Worcester St

Nowell Richard, Worcester St


Golden Cross & Royal Hotel, Chas. Smith, High street

Golden Lion (and excise office) Edward Russell, Worcester St

Star and Garter, Mary Elizabeth Kerby, High street


Dipple George , High St

Morris Edward, High St

Perkins Edward, High St


Cordell John, High St

Curtler. Henry, High St

Holyoake John, High St

Thomas Thomas Davies, High St

Weaver William, High St


Bolding Thomas, Worcester St

Gilbert Richard, High St

Greening William & Joseph, High. St

Griffin John, High St

Haynes Thomas, High St

Llewellyn William, Worcester St

Parkes William, Catshill

Perks Benjamin, Worcester St

Russon Joseph, Worcester St

Saunders Thomas, Strand

Ward James, High St

Watton William, High St


Harris William, Stoke Prior

Ludditt John, Strand mill

Milton Joseph, Mill

Williams Richard, Lickey’s End


Charles Elizabeth, Hanover St

Downes Ann, High St

Kings Mary Ann, High St

Millwood Louisa, High St

Read Caroline & Eliza, High St

Skidmore Phoebe, High St

Smith Sarah, High St

Steward Ann, St. John St

Wilde Hannah, High St

Wright Ann, Ednall lane

Wright M Mary & Rebecca, Ednall Lane

Yates Charlotte, Worcester St


Chidley Geo. & Thos. Richd. High St

Ellins Henry, High St

Green James, High St

Johnson Benjamin, High St

JugginsThomas, High St

Miles Thomas, High St

Parry James, Worcester St

Perkins Francis, High St

Roberts John, Catshill

Scroxton & Brooke,St. John St

Stanley Jabez, High St

Ward Jeffrey, Catshill


Brown William, High St

Clarkson James, Worcester St

Dalton Joshua Strand

Rogers John , High St

Trueman John, Strand

Witherord William, High St


Harbige Henry (& clog) Worcester St

Wild William, Strand


Collis Thomas, High St

Tipper Mary, Worcester St


Duffill John, High St

Ledbury Edward, Mill lane


Fisher Thomas, High St

Hughes John, Worcester St

Palmer Thomas, High St

Sealey James, High St


BRITISH ALKALI Co. (late Fardon, Gossage & Co – and soap and soda manufacturers) Stoke Prior



Barker William, Worcester St

Dalton Joshua, Strand

Duffill Sarah, Strand

Fletcher William, St John St

Griffin John, High St

Heague James, Worcester St

Lamb Sarah, Hanover St

Laughton Joseph, High St

Ledbury William, Worcester St

Leek Isaac, High St

Llewellyn William, Worcester St

Parry James, Worcester St

Ramsdell William, New Buildings

Roelend William, Strand (transcriber’s note – Roelend [sic] should possibly be Roeland)

Rofe Robert, Strand

Tench Mark, Holy Lane

Tench Mary, High St

Watts George, High St

Willis Samuel, Hanover St

Wilson Thomas, High St

Witheford Benjamin, Worcester St


Dalton, Mary Ann, High St

Frayne Louisa, High St

Hawkes Ann, Strand

Millwood Louisa, High St

Smith Ann, Rotten Row


Fletcher Thomas Swindell, High St

Haines Richard Jenkins, High St

Horton George, High St

Horton John, High St


Barrett Henry, Worcester St

Diment John, Worcester St

Halfpenny John, Worcester St

Hall Thomas, High St

Houghton Edward (& draper) High St

Lacy Joseph, High St

Manning Job, Worcester St

Mathews John, St John St

Pritchet Richard, High St

Rainbow Oliver, Worcester St

Redding John, Strand

Redding Joseph, High St

Robinson Samuel, Worcester St

Weaver William, High St

Wilde John, High St


Caswell Samuel, Worcester St

Greening William & Joseph, High St


Bell, Robert Harper, High St

Bird-in-Hand, Charles Webb, High St

Black Cross, John Young, Worcester St

Blackmore Arms, William Flowers, Birmingham Road

Crabb Mill, Richard Hunt, Birmingham Road

Crown, Nicholas Hill, Catshill

Dolphin, Richard Gilbert, Hill St

George, William Jenks, High St

Green Dragon, Daniel Whitehouse, High St

Hop Pole, William Ackrill, High St

King’s Head, Charles Tidmarsh, High St

Mitre, Charles Wright, Rotten Row

Plymouth Arms, John Durham, Tardebigg

Red Lion, Sarah Penn, Worcester St

Roebuck, James Ward, High St

Sampson, Joseph Witheford, Worcester St

Shoulder of Mutton, Thomas Guest, St John St

White Horse, Sarah Evans, Worcester St


Bagnall James, Hanover St

Barley Thomas, Catshill

Beard David, Kidderminster Road

Bolding Thomas, Worcester St

Brasier Benjamin, Holy Lane

Cole William, High St

Court William, Worcester St

Cullwick William, Worcester St

Dalton Henry, High St

Dolphin Francis, Hundred House

Higgs James, Worcester St

Juggins William, Birmingham Road

Lacy Joseph, High St

Lamb Sarah., Hanover St

Leek Isaac, High St

Miles Thomas, High St

Pardoe William, Strand

Parker Thomas, Strand

Perks Benjamin, Worcester

Perks John, High St


Miles Thomas, High St

Parker William, Putcheon


Court Mary, High St

Dutton Frederick N. Worcester St

Rose Joseph, Worcester St


Bourn Thomas, Ednall lane

Cole William High St

Croft Samuel, Worcester St

Hill Henry, New buildings


Adams John, distributer of stamps, Kidderminster road

Austin William, confectioner, High St

Butler James, sheriffs officer, St. John St

Cooper Sarah, stay maker, Worcester St

Crump William, seedsman, Worcester St

Frayne William, hosier, High St

GAS WORKS, Worcester St – Thos. Collis, secretary

Grove Benjamin. gardener, &c. High St

Grove Sarah, seed dealer, High St

Haines Thomas, linen, &c. bleachers, and manufacturers, High St

Harbige Henry, turner, Worcester St

Jakeman Joseph, tanner, High St

Johnson Daniel, brush maker, High St

Johnson William, cork cutter, and registrar of births and deaths, High St

Jones Thomas, supervisor, High St

King Jas. superintendent of police High St

King Mary, smock frock maker, High St

Langley William, machine maker and millwright, Worcester St

M’Carthy James, silk dyer, and umbrella and parasol maker, Strand

Male Edward, gunsmith, Rock Hill

Nicholls Robert, glover and breeches maker, High Street

Pratt William, stone mason, High. St

Price Edward, veterinary surgeon, High St

Rose Joseph, stone cutter, St. John St

Sanders Benjamin & Sons, silk button manufacturers. Sidemore

Scroxton Jno. sub-distributer of-stamps, St John St

Simms James, organist, Worcester St

Tranter Jas. brick & tile maker, Catshill

UNION WORKHOUSE, William Owen, governor

Wagstaff Solomon, basket maker, Hanover St

Wall Fanny, seed merchant, High St

Webb Charles, land surveyor, High St

White John, fellmonger, Worcester St

Wildsmith Wm. furniture brokr. Worcester St

Williams Oliver, accountant, High St


To BIRMINGHAM, the True Blue (from Worcester) calls at the Bell, every forenoon

(Sunday excepted) at ten – the Taglioni, calls at the Star and Garter, every afternoon

(Sunday excepted) at half-past four – and an Omnibus, from John Atkins’, Hanover Street, every Mon. & Thurs. morning at half-past 7.

To WORCESTER, the Taglioni (from Birmingham) calls at the Star & Garter, every

forenoon (Sunday excepted) at half-past eleven – and the True Blue (from Birmingham)

calls at the Bell, every evening (Sun. excepted) at six.



A Car, to and from the Royal Hotel and the Railway Station, every hour, from seven in the morning until nine at night.

Other particulars, relating to this and the various Railway lines, are furnished by the Railway Tables.


To BIRMINGHAM (from whence goods are forwarded to all parts of the kingdom) William Ashmore, from his warehouse, every day; John Atkins, from his house, Hanover Street, every Monday, Thursday and Saturday-Thomas Allbutt, from Worcester street, & John Weaver from the Strand, every Monday and Thursday

To DROITWICH, Thos. Allbutt, from Worcester Street, and John Weaver, from the Strand, ever Wednesday and Saturday, and John Atkins, from his house, Hanover Street, every Wed.

To KIDDERMINSTER, John Holmes from his house, Hanover St, Thursday.

To WORCESTER, John & Wm. Ashmore, every day – Thomas Allbutt, from Worcester Street, every Wednesday & Sat – John Weaver, from the Strand, and John Holmes and John Atkins, from their houses, Hanover St, every Wed.

Source: Pigot & Co.’s Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the Counties of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutlandshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire 1841/1842


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