Bockleton (with Hampton Charles) Billings Directory 1855

Bockleton Parish is situated about 4 ½ miles S.W. from Tenbury, on the borders of the county, and contained in 1851 a population of 277; Hampton Charles, 106; total 383 inhabitants.

Hampton Charles, a small Hamlet, is situate in the county of Hereford, adjoining the parish of Bockleton, and consists chiefly of farm houses.

The Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure, containing nave, chancel, and north aisle, with western square embattled tower. The north aisle has two semicircular arches, plain head-work, on octagonal columns in the Norman style, and contains a very ancient monument to the family of the Barnabys, on a richly-carved tomb, bearing the recumbent figures of Richard Barnaby and his lady, the former clad in armour, with a lion at the feet; over which, in the north wall of the chancel, is a specimen of richly decorated work, representing the younger branches of the family, in the centre of which is a square tablet with a Latin inscription. There are also several ancient marble monuments. The font is of neatly carved stone, on a fluted column. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of the Rev. T. E. Miller. Rev. John Miller, M.A., Curate; Mr. Samuel Lines, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Bockleton School was erected in the year 1814, by the Rev. Thomas Elton Miller, M.A., for the education of the children of the parishes of Bockleton, Laysters, Hampton Charles, Thornbury, Kyre Magna, and Kyre Parva; to which has been added a substantial house for the residence of the master. The school is principally supported by the Rev. T. E. Miller; the labourer’s children of the parishes of Bockleton, Hampton Charles, and the Laysters, are admitted free. The schoolmaster has the privilege of receiving a limited number of boys as boarders, in addition to the other children. Mr. William Preece, Master. Average number of scholars, 80.

Charities – Mr. Henry Morris, of Quinton, left by will, dated February 11, 1821, five pounds annually to the poor of Bockleton, to be distributed at Christmas, by the Incumbent, for ever. The sum of £166 13s 4d was invested in the Three per Cent. Consols for the above purpose, in the names of the Incumbent and Churchwardens, for ever.


Miller Rev. Thomas Elton, M.A., Parsonage

Miller Rev. John, M.A., Curate, Parsonage

Baldwin William, miller and farmer, Birchley Mill

Clews Daniel, farmer, New Town

Downes William, tailor, Romer Common

Griffiths Henry George, farmer, The Hill, and New House

Hall William, blacksmith and Constable

Holloway Josh., farmer, Bockleton House

Lines Samuel, Parish Clerk

Nutt George, farmer, Middle Quinton

Phillips John, farmer and Churchwarden, Grafton

Pound Philip, sen., farmer, Birchley

Pound Philip, jun., farmer, Weston

Preece William, schoolmaster and land surveyor

Preece Mansell, carpenter

Price William, farmer, Sallens

Redford John, farmer, Grafton

Smith Ann, farmer, Plotmans

Tyler Thomas, mason

Vale William, farmer, Lower Quinton

Hampton Charles

Dolphin James, farmer, Little Birches

Green Richard, farmer, Manor House

Gregory John, shoe maker

Hall Isaac, farmer, Pound

Harris William, shopkeeper

Howard Joseph, farmer, Lockleys

Jones Wm., shopkeeper and cider retailer

Kinsey Francis, beer retailer and farmer, Heath Cottage

Moss Edward, farmer, Bull’s House

Mound John, mason and farmer

Parlour Thomas, farmer, The Birches

Price Richard, blacksmith and farmer

Price George, wheelwright and carpenter

Post Office, Bockleton – Mr. William Preece, Sub-postmaster. Arrival, 12 p.m.; despatch, 2 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855


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