Cropthorne (with the Hamlets of Charlton and Netherton) Billings Directory 1855

Cropthorne, is a village and parish, very pleasantly situated in the Middle Oswaldslow Hundred, and Eastern Division of the county, distant 3 ½ miles S.E. from Pershore, and 3 N.W. from Evesham, with a population in 1851 of 336 inhabitants.

There is nothing particular in this locality requiring comment. Taken as a whole it is a very respectable village, containing several good residence, amongst which we may mention Cropthorne Court, the seat of Francis Holland, Esq., the Vicarage, &c.

Charlton is a hamlet in the parish of Cropthorne, distant from Pershore about 4 miles, containing in 1851 a population of 329 inhabitants.

Netherton is another hamlet in the parish, about 3 ½ miles from Pershore, and 4 from Evesham, containing in 1851 a population of 95 inhabitants.

The Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient building, in the Gothic style of architecture, consisting of nave and chancel, with square tower, containing six bells. In the interior are several monuments of great interest, and which will repay a visit. The living is a Vicarage, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Rev. Robert Sanders, Vicar; Mr. John Slatter, Clerk.. Service – 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There is a Free School in the parish, erected in the year 1740, and liberally endowed by Mrs. Mary Holland, for poor children of Cropthorne, for ever. Mrs. Ann Slatter, Mistress.

Charities – The charities of this parish are not numerous; they are distributed annually, according to the wishes of the donors.


Baker S. W., Esq., Cropthorne House

Holland Francis, Esq., Deputy Lieutenant and Magistrate, Cropthorne Court

Osborne Mrs.

Sanders Rev. Robert, Vicar, Vicarage

Andrews Francis, farmer, Smoky Farm

Applebee Morris, farmer

Beach William Henry, farmer, Field Barn Farm

Birch George, farmer, Lower Haselor Farm

Brookes John, blacksmith

Cowley John, shopkeeper

Davis John, farmer; and at Elmbridge Green

Knight Joseph, carpenter

Meakins John S., farmer, Pattey’s Farm

Mills James, beer retailer

Osborn William, market gardener

Preston Richard, shoe maker

Rance Henry, brick maker; and at Elmley Castle

Sanders John, tailor

Saunders Thomas, coal dealer

Slatter John, Parish Clerk

Smith Thomas, boot and shoe maker, and Sub-Postmaster

Smith Wm., farmer, Cropthorne Heath

Stratton Charles F., victualler, New Inn


Horton Mr.

Loxley Miss

Birch Peter, farmer, Boston Farm

Brookes Charles, blacksmith

Crane Edward, farmer, Haselor Farm

Deakin George, farmer

Dingley John, wheelwright

Dingley William, farmer

Garmston John, farmer, Upper Haselor

Hyde William, beer retailer and shopkeeper

Smith George, farmer, Fernhill Farm

Somers George, carpenter and wheelwright

Taplin John, boot and shoe maker

Taylor John, farmer; and at Alderton

Workman Joseph, farmer, Ryedon Farm


Blizzard John, shoe maker

Crump Charles, farmer

Jones Benjamin, carpenter

Malins William, farmer

Pearce Joseph, farmer

Post Office, Cropthorne – Thomas Smith, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 9 30 a.m.; despatch, 3 40 p.m.

Carriers – To Worcester, W. Davis, Sat., 6 a.m.; Evesham, W. Davis, Mon., 11 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855


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