Is a market town and parish in the upper division of the hundred of Doddingtree, 132 miles N.W. from London, 39 S. from Shrewsbury, 23 N. from Hereford, and 20 N.W. by W. from Worcester; situated in a fertile and picturesque part of the country, at the western verge of the county abutting upon Shropshire and Herefordshire, and on the southern bank of the Teme – from which river the town is said to derive a portion of its name, which originally was written Temebury. The river, which here separates the counties of Worcester and Salop, is crossed, at the northern entrance of the town, by a bridge of six arches. The surrounding district is rich, and very productive of hops and apples: during the season of the latter cider is made here in considerable quantities, and the trade in malt is of some consequence. Accommodation for travellers is afforded by good inns; the principal one is the ‘Swan’, an old and well established house. From a recent discovery of a powerful medicinal spring, and the establishment of baths here, this town is expected to become of importance as a watering place. Races are held annually, in the latter end of June, on a good course, about a mile south of the town. The Hon. and Rev. George Rushout Bowles, of Burford, is lord of the manor, and holds a court leet and court baron occasionally; and petty sessions are held once in two months. Tenbury is a polling station at the election of members to represent the western division of the county.

The places of worship are the parish church of Saint Mary, and a chapel for particular Baptists. The church, which was rebuilt in 1777 (the old building having been swept away by a flood in 1770), is a spacious and neat edifice: the benefice is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Rochford annexed, in the patronage of the Rev. George Hall, who is the present incumbent. A national school, first established here in 1816, is supported by voluntary contributions. The market, granted by Henry III in 1249, is held on Tuesday; and the fairs on the first Tuesday in March, 22nd April, first Tuesday after Trinity Sunday, 18th July, 26th September and 9th December; and there is a statue meeting for hiring servants on the 1st May. The parish of Tenbury (including the hamlets of BERRINGTON, SUTTON, and TENBURY–FOREIGN,) contained, in 1831, 1768 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Teme – Street, Benjamin Home, Post Master – Letters from London and all parts South arrive every day (Monday excepted) at twelve, & are despatched every aftern. At half-past two – Letters from the North, &c, arrive (from Ludlow) every aftern. At half-past two, and are despatched every day at twelve.


Blakeway Mr. Thomas, Teme st

Bowles Honourable and Rev. George Rushout, Burford

Cockburn Rev. -, Vicarage, Little Hereford

Godson Rev. John, Cross st

Godson Septimus Holmes, esq. Teme st

Hall Rev. Geo. M.A. (vicar) Church st

Rushout Captain George, Burford house

Wheeler Vincent, esq. Newnham Court


Hickman Eliza (ladies’ boarding and day) Teme st

Home Thomas (boarding) Teme st

Jones Sarah (boarding) Teme st

National School, Cross street – Alfred Churchill, master; Theophilia Roberts, mistress

Palmer Susannah, Trumpet yard

Watts Elizabeth, Teme st


Evans John, Teme st

Jones Edwd. (& confectioner) Teme st

Juson John, Teme st

Morgan John (& confectioner) Teme st

Probert Thomas, Teme st

Tyler Thomas, Cross st


Ludlow and Tenbury Bank, Market street – (draws on Barnetts, Hoare & Co. London) – (open on Tuesdays) – Henry Whittenhall, manager


Blakeway John, Cross st

Cork John, Teme st

Jones William, Cross st

Shepherd Edward, Heath common

Webb William, Teme st


Fletcher William, Cross st

Gent James, Teme st

Handley Samuel, Teme st

Haynes Thomas, Cross st

Morgan Henry, Teme st

Parker Joseph, Cross st

Roberts Edward, Teme st

Smith James, Old wood

Williams Charles, Teme st


Palmer James, Market st

Pountney George, Teme st


Broome William, Market st

Pearce John, Market st

Williams Charles, Teme st


Eckley John, Teme st

Meredith Richard, Teme st

Slade Robert, Teme st


Farmers’ and General, Benjamin Home, Teme st

Globe, Matthias Trumper, Teme st

Guardian, Chas. Steward, Cross st

Norwich, Edwd. Smith, Market st

Phoenix, Thomas Evans, Church st


(see also Linen Drapers; and also Shopkeepers, &c)

Benbow Thomas, Cross st

Giles George L. Market st

Hall Mary, Cross st

Jarman John, Teme st

Jones James, Cross st

Meredith Richard, Teme st

Russell William, Market st

Woodward Henry, Teme st


Royal Oak, G F Kemp (and excise office) Market st

Swan Hotel (commercial & posting) William Grove, Ludlow road


Giles George Lewis, Market st

Pountney George, Teme st


Dovey James, Cross st

Griffin George, Tenbury

Parker Richard, Cross st

Smith Samuel (and cabinet maker) Market st

Sparrow John, Teme st

Wheeler James, Cross st


Benbow Thomas, Cross st

Green Benjamin, Teme st

Grove Thomas, Market st

Harding William, Teme st

Russell William, Market st


Bangham Thomas, Teme st

Giles William, Church st


Ashcroft Sarah & Ann, Teme st

Blount Elizabeth, Trumpet yard

Collings Letitia, Teme st

Giles Mary, Church st

Godsall Sarah, Teme st

Griffin Eliza, Trapp

Griffiths Sophia, Cross st

Holloway Elizabeth, Teme st

Jeff Sarah, Market st

Jones Elizabeth, Teme st

Postans Ann, Trumpet yard


Andrews Martha, Market st

Dearn John, Cross st


Crane Ann, Teme st

Godsall Samuel, Teme st

Jeffries William, Teme st

Jenkins Thomas, Market st


Page John, Teme st

Pound James, Market st

Wade Richard, Teme st


Evans John, Teme st

Fletcher Elizabeth, Cross st

Giles George Lewis, Market st

Hall John, Cross st

Juson John, Teme st

Merrick Joseph, Church st

Patteshall John, Cross st

Poston William, Market st

Powell William, Market st


Everall John, Cross st

Hooper Thomas, Tripp

Mills Edward, Cross st

Mills Thomas, Cross st


Cooke & Thompson, Cross st

Cooke Joseph, Church st

Davis Henry, Teme st

Giles Peter, Teme st


Home Benjamin, Teme st

Seyer Benjamin, Old wood


Bishop James, Cross st

Carter John, Teme st

Hnadley Richard, Teme st

Jeff William, Teme st

Jones William, Teme st

Steward Charles, Cross st

Wilden Samuel, Teme st

Wolloms John, Cross st


Bay Horse, Robt. Robinson, Teme st

Bell, Martha Andrews, Market st

Crow, Joseph Griffiths, Teme st

King’s Head, Philip Pound, Cross st

Ship, Edmund Clarke, Teme st

Union, Samuel Wilden, Teme st


Ameyes Edward, beer retailer, Cross st

Brookes John, veterinary surgeon, Teme st

Fletcher William, last maker, Cross st

Foster Thomas, currier, Teme st

Gent James, beer retailer, Teme st

Giles, Geo. Lewis, tallow chandler, Market st

Green Geo, watch & clock maker, Teme st

Home Benjamin, bookseller, stationer and printer, Teme st

Hunt William, wheelwright, Cross st

Juson John, beer retailer, Teme st

Mantle Thomas, carver or coal, Teme st

Merrick Jos, gardener & seedsmn, Church st

Middleton Sophia, straw hat maker and toy dealer, Teme st

Mitton John & James, millers, Watmore

Nott Richard, cooper, Cross st

Parker Richard, timber merchant, Cross st

Patishall John, beer retailer, Cross st

Poston William, glover, Market st

Trumper Matthias, superintendent registrar, Teme st

Union Workhouse, Teme st – John Hammond, governor

Wier John, millwirght, Cross st

Williams Charles, butcher, Teme st

Yarranton Thos, tanner, Berrington lane


To London, the Royal Mail (from Ludlow) calls at the Swan, every afternoon at half-past two; goes through Worcester and Pershore.

To Birmingham, the Red Rover (from Ludlow) calls at the Swan, every morning (Sunday excepted) at a quarter past nine; goes through Bewdley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Dudley, &c

To Ludlow, the Royal Mail (from London) calls at the Swan every day at twelve – and the Red Rover (from Birmingham) every night (Sunday excepted) at seven.

To Worcester, the Royal Mail (from Ludlow) calls at the Swan, every afternoon at half-past two.


To London – Jolly’s Waggon, from the Swan, twice a week; goes through Worcester.

To Birmingham, – Jolly’s Waggon, from the Swan every Sunday & Wed.

To Leominster, Joseph Harris, from the Bay Horse, every Tuesday.

To Ludlow, – Jolly’s Waggon, from the Swan, every Tuesday and Friday.

To Stourport, James Yapp, once a fortnight.

To Worcester, Jolly’s Waggon, from the Swan, twice a week; & James Yapp, every Friday.

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