Grafton Flyford (with the Hamlet of Libbery) Billings Directory 1855



Grafton Flyford is situated about 8 miles N.N.E. from Worcester, a little out of the main road from Worcester to Alcester. The village is small, and the parish scattered. It contained a population in 1851 of 214 inhabitants.

Flyford was attached to Grafton, to distinguish it from Grafton near Bromsgrove, and also from a brook which runs near to it.

Libbery is a small hamlet, the population of which is returned with the parish.

The Church, which is pleasantly situated on an eminence, is an ancient pile, consisting of nave, chancel, north chapel, and western tower, with embattlements, containing six bells. The prevailing styles are the perpendicular and early English. The tower has rude carved stone figures at each angle. The chancel contains memorials to the Stonehall and Derby families, and a Latin inscription to Rogerus Stonhallus, who was one of the founders of a school here, bearing date 1645. the living is a Rectory, in the patronage of the trustees of the Earl of Coventry. Rev. Bernard Port, M.A., Rector; Rev. William Unett Coates, B.A., Curate; Mr. Henry Price, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Summer months, 3 30 p.m.

The School, situated near the church, was founded and endowed by roger Stonehall and Sir John Grafton, who died in 1645. Sir John Grafton, Knight, as shown by the table of benefactions, gave a house, and a quarter of an acre of land, called Child’s Place, in Woodhouse End fields; also a piece of ground called The Stockings, containing about six acres; and also about seven acres in North Piddle fields; the rents to be divided – one moiety towards a school – the other to be again divided, one half towards repairing the church, and the other to be given to the poor. Mr. Roger Stonehall gave £100, to be laid out in land, which purchased one close of about eight acres, for the maintenance of a schoolmaster, to instruct poor men’s children; he also gave the rent of one house and close to be yearly distributed to two of the oldest poor people of the parish. Mr. William Dugard gave one acre of land, the rent to be divided for the school, repairing the church, and the benefit of the poor.

Charities – In addition to the above benefactions, there are several others, which are laid out in bred, &c., and given to the poor of the parish at stated periods in accordance with the will of the donors.

DIRECTORY

Ardin Thomas, wheelwright

Ardin William, farmer, Woodhouse

Biddle George and Henry, farmers, Rectory Farm

Bishop Thomas, shopkeeper

Bolton William, farmer, Hill Top

Cowley John, shopkeeper

Gerrard George, farmer, Hill court

Herbert Mary, farmer, Church Farm

Harris Adonijah George, miller, Grafton Mill

Lamb James, commercial schoolmaster, Registrar of Birth and Deaths for the Upton Snodsbury District, and Assistant Overseer, School House

Lilley Joseph, shoe maker

Pardoe James, farmer, Shattery

Pardoe William, farmer, Jaspers

Libbery

Ewins John, farmer

Read William, farmer, Libbery Farm

Price, Parish Clerk

Wythes William, farmer

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855