Pirton is a village and parish 1 mile from Wadborough station on the Midland railway, 5 ½ miles W.N.W. of Pershore, and 6 S.E. of Worcester; is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Pershore; union, petty sessional division, county court district, and polling district of Pershore; annual rateable value, £2,782; area of parish, 1,669 acres; population in 1861, 212; in 1871, 201, with 47 inhabited houses, and 54 families or separate occupiers. The Right Hon. the Earl of Coventry is lord of the manor and chief owner of the parish. The soil is stiff clay; subsoil, clay and marl; chief crops, wheat, beans, and roots. Pirton is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of East Worcester; living, a rectory, annexed to Croome D’Abitot; joint value, £550, with residence; patron, the Earl of Coventry; rector, Rev. Hugh Bennett, M.A., formerly Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1878. The little church, which is dedicated to St. Peter, stands on an eminence overlooking a beautiful country. It is chiefly a Norman building, with Decorated and other windows inserted, and consists of chancel, nave, and a wooden tower on the north side. In the south wall of the chancel is a trefoil-headed piscina. The parish registers commence with the year 1751. The national school for Pirton and neighbouring villages has an average attendance of about 60 children. It is supported by the Earl of Coventry, the rector, and principal farmers.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Letters arrive from Worcester about 9.30 a.m. The wall letter-box is cleared at 5.30 p.m. There is no delivery on Sundays. Kempsey is the nearest money-order and telegraph office. Post town, Worcester.

Parish Church. – Rev. Hugh Bennett, M.A., Rector; Messrs. Thomas Butt and John L. Pike, Churchwardens; James Mills, Parish Sexton.

National School (boys and girls). – Miss Adelaide Louisa Cooke, Mistress.


Bennett Rev. Hugh, M.A. (rector of Pirton with Croome D’Abitot), The Rectory


Butt Thomas, farmer, Pirton farm; and at White House farm, Powick

Cooke Miss Adelaide Louisa, schoolmistress

Fletch Oswald, blacksmith

Hampton Charles Wm., farmer, Pirton ho.

Hitchings Thomas, farmer, Surmans

Mills Davis, cottage farmer

Mills James, parish sexton

Pike John Lyford, farmer, The Hermitage (and in Pershore parish)

Shepherd Frank, farmer, Pirton court

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