Great Comberton Worcestershire Littleburys Directory 1879

Great Comberton is a small parish and village by the river Avon, in the vale of Evesham, from which town it is distant 7 miles S.W., 3 S. of Pershore, and 12 S.E. of Worcester; is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Pershore; in the union, petty sessional division, polling and county court district of Pershore; annual rateable value, £1, 801; area, 960 acres; population in 1861, 247; in 1871, 207 with 51 inhabited houses and 60 families or separate occupiers. William Hanford Flood, Esq., is lord of the manor, and the principal landowners are also the Rev. C. H. Parker, the Misses Phipps, Mrs. George, John Smith, Esq., and Thomas S. Shekell, Esq. The soil is marly; subsoil, clay and gravel; drainage generally introduced, and the crops are wheat, beans, barley, turnips, and mangold, together with a very extensive growth of fruit, and a choice sort of cider. Comberton is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Pershore. The living is a rectory, value £336, with residence and 19 acres of glebe; patron and rector, Rev. Charles Hubert Parker, M.A., Lincoln College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1826. The church of St. Michael possesses several peculiarities of arrangement, and there are some remains of Saxon work. It has a square embattled tower with pinnacles at each corner, and contains six bells. The nave and chancel have wagon roofs of great interest; the chancel was rebuilt in 1862. The old open seats are very perfect. The register begins with the year 1540. There is a parish school for boys and girls.

Postal Regulations. – Letters are received through Pershore. The wall letter-box is cleared at 6.20 p.m. on week-days only. Pershore is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (St. Michael’s). – Rev. Charles Hubert Parker, M.A., Patron and Rector; Messrs. John Edmund Smith and Joseph Smith, Churchwardens; Robert Groves, Parish Clerk.

Parochial School (boys and girls). – Miss Emma Giles, Mistress.

Carrier to Worcester (via Pershore). – Mrs. Sarah Hopkins, on Wednesdays and Saturdays; stops at the Coventry Arms Inn, Friar street, Worcester, returning therefrom at 4 p.m. the same day.


Clark Miss

George Mrs. Ann

Parker Rev. Charles Hubert, M.A. (rector), The Rectory

Phipps The Misses, Shalton house


Aldington Henry, shopkeeper

Careless Theodosia, farmer

Freeman Mrs. Harriet, farmer, Lilworth

George Mrs. Ann, farmer

Gibbs T., farm bailiff for Mr. G. Smith

Giles Miss Emma, schoolmistress

Groves Robert, boot and shoe maker, shopkeeper, overseer, and parish clerk

Groves William, carpenter

Hopkins Mrs. Sarah, carrier to Worcester

Mann Henry, fisherman and osier dealer

Mytton Miss Eliza, farmer

Phipps The Misses, farmers, Shalton farm

Ricketts Mrs. Walter, farmer

Smith George, farmer; res., Fernhill farm, Cropthorne

Smith John Edmund, farmer

Smith Joseph, baker and grocer

Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.