Feckenham is a village, and parish, in the hundred of Halfshire; 108 miles N.W. from London, 7 E. from Droitwich, and the like distance south-east from Bromsgrove – both the latter towns being stations near the line of the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. The village was formerly surrounded by a forest (to which it gave name) the which was of great extent and densely wooded, but thinned from time to time for supplying the salt works at Droitwich with fuel. This place has been long noted for the manufacture of needles and fish-hooks, but in other respects its importance is very limited. The Earl of Coventry is lord of the manor, and holds a court-leet in October, when two constables are chosen. The places of worship are the parish church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and a chapel for independents: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the gift of the Rev. Edward Neale, and incumbency of the Rev. James Beesley. The free grammar school, here, was founded by Sir Thomas Cookes, Bart.: a regular attendance at this school (wherein a liberal education is obtained) for two years renders young men eligible for scholarships, established by the founder, in Worcester College, Oxford. John de Feckenham, an eminent Roman catholic divine, and the last abbot of Westminster, was born here. Fairs for cattle are held on the 26th of March, and the 30th of September. The parish contained, in 1831, 2,762 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE – Elizabeth Gardener, Post Mistress – Letters from all parts arrive from Bromsgrove Railway Station (by foot post) every morning at eight, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past four.

GENTRY AND CLERGY

Barnett Mrs. Mary

Bayliss Mrs. Nancy

Beesley Rev. James

Bird Miss Mary

Harris Mrs. Ursella

Ladbury Mrs. Sarah, Ham green

Smith Rev. James, Astwood bank

Sorrill Mr John, Astwood lane

PROFESSIONAL PERSONS

Beesely Rev. James, head master of the Blue Coat School

Harrison Richard Steel, surgeon

Harrison Thomas, surgeon

Ladbury Robert, second master of the Blue Coat School

Peart Henry, surgeon

Taylor Henry Bayley, surgeon, Astwood bank

PUBLIC HOUSES

Black Boy, Elizabeth Gardener

Crown, Sarah Sanders

Rose and Crown, James James

White Lion, Ann Richards, Astwood bank

NEEDLE AND FISH-HOOK MANUFACTURERS

Avery William & Son, Headless cross

Boulton J & P. Hunt end

English John & Co (and pin)

Evatts & Son, Hunt end

Hemming & Son, Astwood

Smith James & Sons

Webb Thomas & John

SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS

Baker Wm. Shoe maker, Astwood

Bayliss John, blacksmith

Beekin John, grocer and draper

Benton William, blacksmith

Brown Nestor, painter and glazier

Clarkson David, boot and shoe maker and schoolmaster

Davis Thomas, butcher

Day Gabriel, saddler

Deakin John, shoe maker and beer retailer

Deakin William, boot and shoe maker

Ford Thos. Carpenter, Astwood bank

Greenhill George, boot and shoe maker, Noah’s green

Haines John, boot and shoe maker

Haynes Edmund, miller, Ham green

Hemming Henry, grocer and draper and beer retailer, Astwood bank

Hewitt James Edwin, saddler

Holtham John, tailor

James James, malster, Headless cross

Ladbury John Boulton, malster, Ham green

Ladbury Richard, saddler & shopkeeper

Ladbury Robert, grocer, draper and schoolmaster

Lea William, bricklayer

London Charles, carpenter

Mason Joshua, tailor

Mason Thomas, blacksmith & wheelwright

Morris Thomas, builder

Paine Hannah, grocer and draper

Palmer Henry, baker

Pearman William, butcher

Perks John, grocer & tallow chandler

Renaud David, grocer, draper and Fire Office agent

Richards Benjn. Butcher, Astwood

Rouse Richard, boot and shoe maker

Sandles John, watch & clock maker

Sorrell John, jun. blacksmith, Astwd

Stevens Richard, malster

Surmon James, butcher

Willmore Joseph, blacksmith

Wilson Edward Lewis, grocer

Wiltshire William, retailer of beer and shoe maker

Young Anthony, shopkeeper & needle stamper

Young Solomon, baker

CONVEYANCE BY RAILWAY

On the Birmingham and Gloucester Line. The nearest stations are the Droitwich and Bromsgrove, of equal distance from Feckenham, as previously noticed.

CARRIER

To Worcester, Samuel Williams, from his house, every Wednesday and Sat.

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