Hanley Castle is a very large parish, commencing within a mile of Upton-upon-Severn, and extending to within two miles of Great Malvern. The chapelry of Malvern Wells belongs to this parish, but it has been attached to Malvern, as more convenient for reference. The population in 1851 was 1686.

The river Severn runs through the parish, and there was formerly on its banks a castle, successively in the possession of the Nevilles, Earls of Warwick, the De Spensers, and the Lechmeres. The remains have been converted into a farm house.

The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is situated in the village, near Upton. It is an ancient brick edifice, with massive square tower, containing six bells. The living is a Vicarage, in the patronage of Sir Edmund Hungerford Lechmere, Bart. Rev. A. B. Lechmere, M. A., Vicar; Mr. Edgecombe, Organist; Mr. Stephen Wagstaff, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Catholic Chapel is a large and commodious structure, situate in the Malvern road. Rev. Thomas Flanagan, Priest. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 3 30 p.m.

There is an Endowed School in the village, near the church. Rev. Thomas Lloyd, Master; Mr. Joseph Wood, Second Master.

There is also a School in connection with the Catholic chapel, near Swan Green. Miss Harragon, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 30.

The County Police Station is in the Malvern road, near Swan Green. Bartholomew Breeman, Officer.


Beech Mr. William, Burley House

Bradford Mr. Edward, Robert’s End Street

Fearon Mrs., Gilbert’s End

Flanagan Rev. Thomas, Catholic Priest

Haynes Mr. Walter, Laurel Cottage, Robert’s End Street

Knipes The Misses, Robert’s End Street

Lechmere Sir Edmund H., The Rhydd

Lechmere Edmund H., Esq., Merrivale

Lechmere Rev. A. B., Vicar, Vicarage

Lewis Mrs., Robert’s End Street

Lloyd Rev. Thomas, schoolmaster

Piercy Mrs. Mary F., Vine Cottage, Gilbert’s End

Reece Mrs. Mary Ann, Robert’s End Street

Smith Mrs. Margaret, Hawthorn Cottage, Robert’s End Street

Willan Mr. Edward, Albin Lodge, Robert’s End Street

Willan Mr. Thomas, Yew Tree House, Robert’s End Street

Williams Mr. Thomas, Walmer Cottage

Wright Mrs. Elizabeth

Aishen William, baker, Church End

Baldwin John, boot and shoe maker

Barber George, shopkeeper and beer retailer, New Inn

Barber John, farmer, Gilbert’s End

Baylis Thomas, baker, Robert’s End Street

Bluck George, farmer, Northfield Farm

Chadd Thomas, blacksmith, Robert’s End Street

Cole John, wheelwright and blacksmith, Gilbert’s End

Cole William, farmer, Gilbert’s End

Cook Thomas, farmer

Davis Ann, farmer, Ivy House, Robert’s End Street

Davis William, farmer, Hanley Hall

Edgcombe Charles, coal dealer

Edmunds John, boot and shoe maker, Hanley Quay

Fleet John, and Son, builders

Foster Frederick, farmer, Gilbert’s End

Gee Thomas, farmer, Hanley Castle Farm

Graty William, painter, &c., Swan Green

Green Joseph, farmer, Nurden’s Green

Grundy James S., butcher and farmer, Robert’s End Street

Grundy Thomas, farmer

Hill Henry, farmer

Holyhead Sophia, shopkeeper

Holyhead W., beer retailer, Three Kings

Hughes Joseph, victualler, Hare and Hounds

Humpidge Thomas, farmer, Severn End

Jones James, victualler, Coach and Horses, Swan Green

Lane John, farmer

Lloyd Enoch, farmer, Cliffy Farm

Lloyd Thomas, victualler, Hanley Quay, Hanley Quay

Lucy Francis William, cider and hop merchant, Elm House, Robert’s End Street

Moore William, farmer, The Cottage

Perrins Edward, miller and farmer

Phillips John, wheelwright, Hanley Quay

Purser William, farmer, Gothic Cottage, Malvern Road

Reynolds Benjamin, blacksmith, Church End

Shipway Wm., farmer, Herbert’s Farm

Symonds William, farmer, Horton Manor, Robert’s End Street

Taylor John, Swan Green

Tomlinson John, victualler, Swan, Swan Green

Wagstaff Stephen, shopkeeper, Church End

Waldron Henry, shopkeeper

Watkins James, blacksmith, Gilbert’s End

Wells John, farmer

West William, shopkeeper, Swan Green

Wharton Mary, shopkeeper, Robert’s End Street

White Richard, coal dealer, Church End, and Hanley Quay

Wilkshire Henry, farmer

Wood Jonas, schoolmaster

Post Office, Church End. – Stephen Wagstaff, Sub-Postmaster. Delivery, 8 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855