Claines, with the above hamlets, is a very extensive parish, part of it being included in the city of Worcester, but for the purpose of more easy reference we have inserted that portion of it in our Worcester “Directory,” our object being to make every place as separate and distinct as possible. Claines contained, according to the last census, in the city, 2998, other portions, 3321 making a total of 6819 inhabitants.

Claines was formerly a chapelry to St. Helen’s, Worcester, being divided into several tythings, including the ancient manor of Northwick, but in 1218 it became a separate parish.

The island of Bevere is in the parish, and is remarkable as having afforded refuge to the inhabitants of Worcester, first in 1041, from the fury of Hardicanute, on account of their refusing to pay the Danegelt; and again in 1637, from a pestilence then raging in the city. The Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient structure, some portion of it bearing traces of the Tudor and perpendicular styles of architecture. It consists of nave, chancel, and side aisles. There is a basin on a pedestal standing by the north-west pillar of the chancel, and in this pillar is an ancient piscina, probably as ancient as the 9th of Henry V. There is a gallery at the west end, containing a fine-toned organ, presented by the late Sir H. Wakeman. The east window is of stained glass, bearing the royal and Episcopal arms. There are no monuments requiring comment. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of Sir Offley P. Wakeman, Bart. Rev. J. Palmer, M.A., Incumbent; Mr. James Williams, Clerk; James Wilkes, Sexton. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The National School was erected by parliamentary grant, and is supported by voluntary contributions. Mr. John Jauncey, Master; Mrs. Margaret Jauncey, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 196

There are numerous Charities connected with this parish, amongst which may be mentioned one of £50, left by Mr. Edward Thomas, in 1656, to apprentice poor children; £100 by G. Wingfield, Esq., for clothing the poor; £200 by Sir H. Wakeman, to be given to the poor annually in February; beside other sums left by various benevolent persons, to be given in bread, clothes, &c.


Brampton Miss, Mount Pleasant

Clowes Mrs. Margaret, Hawford House

Cottrell Mr. George, Bevere

Curtler Thomas Gale, Esq., magistrate, Bevere House

Edwards Mr. James, Melbourne Terrace

Gutch John Matthew, Esq., magistrate, Common Hill

Hartle Mrs. Martha Ann, Barbourne

Hartle Mrs. Mary, Ombersley Road

Lavender Miss Jane, Barbourne

Mence Mr. William, Cyprus Cottage, Barbourne

Moon Richard, Esq., Bevere

Morgan Mr. James, Barbourne

Palmer Rev. Ellis, Chaplain to the Waterman’s Church, Barbourne

Parham Benjamin, Esq., Hawford Lodge

Penn James, Esq., Common Hill House

Pike Mr. Robert, Barbourne Lawn

Saunderson Mrs. Harriet, Rose Place

Spooner Mr. Thomas, Woodville Cottage

Spooner Richard, Esq., M.P., magistrate, Brickfields

Stallard William, Esq., The Blanquettes

Trevis Mr. John, Portfields Villa

Turner Mr. James, Barbourne

Turrall John, Esq., Barbourne Bank

Vashon Mrs. Mary Ann, Bevere Knoll

Williams Rev. Bennett, classical and mathematical school, Merriman’s Hill House

Woodcock Rev. George, M.A., Barbourne House

Ballard Thomas, cabinet maker

Band Joseph, farmer

Bedford John, farmer, Tapenhall Farm

Bedford William, coal dealer, Hawford Lock

Beedom and Sons, millers, Porter’s Mills; also of Hadley Mill

Bellwood Henry, bailiff to Sir O. P. Wakeman, Holy Claines

Boucher Thomas, farmer, Lower Town

Bourne William, shopkeeper

Brecknell Richard, beer retailer, Hop Pole, Barbourne

Brook William, farmer, Moat House

Brook Thomas, farmer, Spellys

Collins James, victualler, The Raven

Donovan James, farmer

Emery Henry, shopkeeper, Cyprus Place

Evans Thomas, farmer, and road surveyor, Tolladine

Evans Robert, Assistant Overseer, and Collector of Taxes

Felton Robert, hop merchant, Merriman’s Hill

Francis George, market gardener, Barbourne

Fullford Richard B., commercial traveller, Arlington Villa

Gardner Edward, corn dealer, Merriman’s Lodge

Gaunt Thomas, farmer, Lower Smite

Gaunt Thos., farmer, Upper Smite; also of the Martin Pool

Gray James, farmer, Oak Cottage, Bevere

Hartwright William, farmer and maltster, Corn Meadow House

Hartwright James, farmer, Linacres

Heming Henry, builder, Melbourne Terrace

Hill Nicholas, farmer, Lower Town

Hope Frances, farmer, Astwood

Hughes Edwin, shopkeeper

Jackson Richard Tandy, farmer, Sand Hill

Jay Elizabeth, ladies’ boarding establishment, Oakfield

James George, mason

Jeff George, farmer, Lower Town

Knapp John, solicitor, Barbourne

Lane John, miller and farmer, Gregory’s Mill

Little James, victualler and brewer, Crown, Barbourne

Miles Joseph, farmer, Astwood

Miles Sarah, farmer, Spring Bank

Morris Elizabeth, farmer, Astwood

Newburey John, market gardener and shopkeeper

Newey John, market gardener

Oates Thomas A., hop merchant, Church House

Pearkes Samuel, farmer, Daniels

Pember John, carpenter

Perkins Thomas, shopkeeper, Barbourne

Perks William, farmer, Blanquettes Leys

Porter William, land surveyor, Barbourne

Ross John, farmer, Moat House; also of Black Pole, Astwood

Ross James, farmer, Dane’s Green; also of Upper Tapenhall

Timothy James, lemonade and soda water manufacturer, Ombersley Road

Trimmell Thomas, tailor, Barbourne

Tuffley Benjamin, beer retailer, and shoe maker

Walker Samuel, farmer

Webb James, farmer, Tapenhall; also of Porter’s Mill

Wheeler Edward, farmer and hop merchant, Barbourne

Wilding John, wheelwright

Wilkes James, carpenter and sexton

Williams Sarah, victualler, Mug House

Williams James, tailor and parish clerk

Williams Thomas, shoe maker, Barbourne

Williams John, blacksmith

Wilson Charles, corn and coal merchant, Mount Elbury

Wood Archibald, nurseryman, seedsman, and florist, Barbourne Nursery, and Worcester


Clarke Mr. Thomas, Northwick Cottage

Davis Mr. John, Northwick Terrace

Davis Mr. William, Rose cottage

Jones Mrs. Letitia

Knapp Joseph, Esq., Northwick Villa

Pardoe Mrs. Mary, rose Cottage

Rogers Mrs. Mary

Tolley Mrs. Elizabeth

Viney Mr. John, Northwick Terrace

Adams Joseph, blacksmith

Ashcroft Thomas, florist and nurseryman

Atkins George, shoe maker

Bagnall John, shopkeeper

Coombs Ellen, milliner and dress maker

Corner William, plumber and glazier

Farmer James Hall, decorative house painter, Northwick Terrace

Gregory Stephen, beer retailer, Red Lion

Hind Sarah, shopkeeper, Northwick Terrace

Hingley John, beer retailer, Vine, Northwick Terrace

Hughes Isaac, butcher and milkman, Northwick Terrace

Langford John, shoe maker

Leek Matthew, slater and plasterer

Marks The Misses, milliners and dress makers, Northwick Terrace

Morris Absalom, florist

Newey James, market gardener

Overton Frederick, wire worker, whitesmith and bell-hanger; and at Worcester

Rudge Daniel, market gardener

Summers Sarah, shopkeeper

Taylor John, farmer

Thomas William, market gardener

Tolley William, farmer, Northwick Hall

Weaver William, market gardener

Weaver William Henry, market gardener


Barnett Mr. William, Rose Cottage

Hill Mr. John, Heath House

Houston Mr. Andrew Robert

Bridge John, beer retailer

Cole George, wheelwright

Davis John, wheelwright and carpenter

Edis Newell, clerk to the engineers of the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton Railway

Ely John, shoe maker

Evans Ambrose, shoe maker

Freeman W., Superintendent of Police, and shopkeeper

Gibbs Letitia, shopkeeper

Layland Samuel, tailor and woollen draper

Lewis William, tailor and shopkeeper

Mills John, wheelwright and carpenter

Needham Francis H., corn and coal merchant; and at Worcester

Payter Chas., victualler and butcher, Bull

Rush James, Sergeant of Police

Spencer John, shoe maker

Tandy Edward, victualler and shopkeeper, White Hart

Wainwright Vincent, Station Master

Walton John, Relieving Officer and Registrar of Births and Deaths for Claines District

White Henry, blacksmith and farrier

Wilde William, blacksmith


Beauchamp Miss Jane, Perdiswell Cottage

Eginton Mrs. Esther, Perdiswell Cottage

Lovett Mrs. Marianne, Little Perdiswell

Wakeman Sir Offley P., Bart., Perdiswell Hall

Stable Mrs. and The Misses, ladies boarding school, Little Perdiswell

Post Office, Hawford – Mr. William Bedford, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 8 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 30 p.m.

Post Office, Fernhill Heath – Mr. William Lewis, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 8 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 30 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855