Elmley Castle is a village and parish, 4 miles from Evesham, 3 from Pershore, and about 9 from Tewkesbury, containing 2057 statue acres, and a population in 1851 of 385 inhabitants.

A strong castle was erected on one of the Bredon Hills in the time of William the Conqueror, but it was destroyed during the reign of Henry III. Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, founded in it a college or chantry for eight priests, in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Traces of the castle are still found. Elmley Park, the residence of J. H. Hill, Esq., is a splendid mansion, with extensive grounds, pleasantly situated on the east side of Bredon Hill. Henry III granted a weekly market and fair, but they have long since fallen into disuse. There is a small stone cross standing in the village.

Kersoe is a small hamlet, consisting of only a few farms; the population is returned with Elmley.

The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a very handsome stone building. There are several well-executed monuments in various parts of the church, which is altogether and interesting edifice. The living is a Discharged Vicarage, in the gift of the Bishop of Worcester. Rev. W. Bennett, Vicar; Revs. John and William Parker Curates; Mr. Thomas Hicks, Clerk. Service – 10 45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The National School is supported by contributions and the children’s payments. Anne Willmott, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 30.


Hill J. H., Esq., Elmley Park

Parker Rev. John

Blackford Thomas, miller, baker, maltster, and beer retailer

Blizward Mary, beer retailer

Bluck Henry, farmer

Deakins Elizabeth, shopkeeper

Faulkner John, boot and shoe maker

Grove George, tailor

Haines Charles, butcher

Hawkes Joseph, farmer

Hicks Thomas, Parish Clerk

Hodgetts James, wheelwright

Hodgetts John, carpenter

Hollington Susannah, blacksmith

Mitton William, farmer

Moore Henry, farmer

Phillips Benjamin, boot and shoe maker

Rance Henry, grocer and brick maker; and at Cropthorne

Smith John, farmer, Wordin Farm

Summers Albert, boot and shoe maker

Summers Emanuel, carpenter

Summers Hannah, shopkeeper

Willmott Mrs., Sub-Postmistress


Deakins Mrs. Mary, farmer

Haines John, farmer

Hawkes Daniel, farmer

Smith Hubert, tailor

Post Office – Mrs. Willmott, Sub-Postmistress. Arrival, 9 45 a.m.; despatch, 3 30 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855