Himbleton Worcestershire Littlebury’s Directory 1879

Himbleton (anciently Humliton) is a parish and village within the parliamentary borough of Droitwich, being distant 5 miles S.E. of that town, and 7 N.E. of Worcester; is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Halfshire; highway district of Upton Snodsbury; union, county court district, petty sessional division, and polling district of Droitwich; annual rateable value, £3,423; acreage, 1,894; population in 1861, 410; in 1871, 447, and of Shell (ecclesiastically connected with Himbleton) 52, making in all 499; inhabited houses, 94, and Shell 11, total, 105. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor, and the principal landowners are Lord Edmund Talbot, Captain Douglas Galton, Sir Richard Paul Amphlett, Knt., Edward Bearcroft, Esq., Henry Bearcroft, Esq., Theodore Howard Galton, Esq., Mrs. Vernon, and the Rev. H. D. Woodhouse, M.A. The soil is principally clay, producing wheat, beans, &c. Lime-burning is carried on to a considerable extent by Messrs. Rawson H. and Alfred W. Godard, of Tibberton. Himbleton is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Droitwich; living, a vicarage, value £140, derived from 113 acres of glebe and small money payments in lieu of tithes, and there is a vicarage house; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester; vicar, Rev. Henry David Woodhouse, M.A., Christ’s College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1865. The church of St. Mary Magdalene is an ancient edifice with chancel, nave, north aisle, south chapel, wooden porch, and tower, containing four bells. There is Norman, Early English, and Perpendicular work here, with fragments of old glass containing the invocation “Ora pro nobis.” A south transept called the “Shell Chapel” belongs to the hamlet of Shell. There are some objects of interest in the church. The register begins with the year 1713. All the charities have been lost. The national school for 68 children, with teacher’s residence, was built in 1873 for Himbleton and Shell. Phepson is a hamlet 1 mile N.; Dunhampstead is close to Oddingley, 2 miles N.W.; Shernall Green is 2 ½ N.W.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Letters are received through Droitwich and are delivered about 9 a.m. The wall letter-box is cleared at 5 p.m. on week-days only. Droitwich and Feckenham are the nearest money-order and telegraph offices. Post town, Droitwich.

Parish Church (St, Mary Magdalene). – Rev. Henry David Woodhouse, M.A., Vicar; Messrs. George Wythes and Thomas Bent, Churchwardens; William Tovey, Sexton.

National School (boys and girls). – Miss Clara Percival, Mistress.

Carrier to Worcester. – George Cottrill on Saturdays.


Woodhouse Rev. Henry David, M.A. (vicar), The Vicarage


Bent Thomas, farmer, Phepson farm

Brown Francis, farmer, Dunhampstead

Bullock James, beer retailer (Drainers’ Arms) Earl’s common

Chambers Thomas, farmer; res., Boycott, Droitwich

Colley Richard, shopkeeper, Saleway

Corbett John, cottage farmer, Phepson

Cottrill John, cottage farmer

Davis John, shopkeeper, Earl’s common

Farmer James, farmer, Phepson

Fincher Mrs. Jane, cottage farmer and cider retailer, Pound farm

Gerrard John, farmer, Saldens farm; res., Upper hall, Hampton Lovett

Gibbs John, Himbleton Court farm

Gittus George, wheelwright

Gittus John, Harrow Inn, and shopkeeper

Godard Rawson Henry, farmer & lime burner; res., Evelench farm, Tibberton

Green John, farmer & miller, Shell mill

Greenhill John, boot and shoe maker

Hollington Ann, New house, Dunhampstead

Hopkins Thomas Meredith, farmer and hop grower, Court farm, Manor House farm, Glebe farm, and Earl’s Common farm; res., Lower Wick, Worcester

Iron Henry, farm bailiff, Saldens farm

Lawrence Joseph, station master, Dunhampstead goods station (Midland railway): res., Dunhampstead cottage

Merrell James, farmer, Manor house, Shell

Rogers Thomas, farmer, Saleway farm

Rogers William, blacksmith

Roper John Townshend, farmer, Woodhouse farm

Tovey William, parish sexton

Wright John, farm bailiff, Manor farm

Wythes George, farmer, Manor farm, Dunhampstead

Yeates Mrs. Elizabeth, shopkpr., Saleway

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