Grimley is a parish and village on the west bank of the Severn, 4 miles N. of Worcester, and 7 S.W. of Droitwich; is in the Western division of the county, Lower Oswaldslow hundred, Martley union and highway district, St. John’s polling district, Worcester county court district and petty sessional division. The area of the parish is 2,459 acres; annual rateable value, £5,134; population in 1861, 776; in 1871, 746, with 177 inhabited houses and 181 families or separate occupiers. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who are lords of the manor, Colonel Middlemore, and the Earl of Dudley are the principal landowners. The soil is loamy and gravelly; subsoil, marl and clay; chief crops, wheat, beans, and roots. Grimley is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of West Worcester; living, a vicarage; value £335, with residence; patron, the Bishop of Worcester; vicar, Rev. Eustace Robinson, of Queen’s College, Birmingham, who was instituted in 1877. the living was formerly annexed to Hallow, but is now constituted a separate vicarage. The church of St. Bartholomew consists of chancel, nave, and western tower having embattlements and pinnacles and containing six bells. It is mainly in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, but has some Norman work in the doorway. The late Mr. Eginton, architect, added a new feature in an external covered stone-staircase, leading from the porch to the western gallery. The earliest register is dated 1573. A new vicarage house was erected in 1878. There is a national school with a small endowment. In this parish was formerly a manor-house of the priors of Worcester. Thorngrove, the seat of Colonel R. Middlemore, J.P., is a handsome building situated on an eminence, half a mile north-west; it was the residence of Lucien Bonaparte for several years preceding the peace of 1814. Sinton court is the residence of Frederick Munn, Esq. Moseley and Sinton are hamlets.
Postal Regulations. – Richard Oakley, Sub-Postmaster. Letters arrive by messenger from Worcester at 8.10 a.m.; despatched thereto at 4.30 p.m. Worcester is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.
Parish Church (St. Bartholomew’s). – Rev. Eustace Robinson, Vicar; William Barber, Esq., and Frederick Munn, Esq., Churchwardens; Samuel Freeman, Parish Sexton.
National School (boys and girls). – Miss Alice Vernall, Mistress.
Carriers to Worcester. – Thomas Hill and Isaac Crumpton, Wednesdays and Saturdays; stop at the Red Lion, Newport street; return therefrom at 4 p.m. The Witley and Abberley carriers pass through this parish.
Cowell The Misses, Moseley villa
Davis John Jeffries, Esq.
Middlemore Colonel, J.P., Thorngrove
Milton The Misses, 4 Primrose cottages
Munn Frederick, Esq., Sinton court
Robinson Rev. Eustace (vicar), Vicarage
Whitcombe Mr. Philip N.
AGRICULTURAL & COMMERCIAL.
Barber John, beer retlr. (Live & Let Live)
Barber Wm., frmr. & landowner, Elm hill
Barnett Charles, shoema., Monkwood gn.
Bishop James, tailor, Sinton
Bishop Mrs., fmr., White ho., Monkwood gn.
Bullock James, miller, Ball mill
Bullock Thomas, blacksmith, Sinton
Burford William, farm bailiff for J. Jeffries Davis, Esq.
Callow Adam, brick maker
Cotterill Nathaniel, farmer, Northington
Crumpton Isaac, carrier, Sinton
Davis John Jeffries, farmer and coal merchant, Grimes farm
Drinkwater John, farmer, Moseley
Farmer Mrs. Mary, shopkeeper, Sinton
Freeman John, cot. frmr., Monkwood gn.
Freeman Samuel, parish sexton
Harber John, farmer, Sinton
Hayward John, wheelwright, &c., Sinton
Hemus John, farmer; res., Wichenford
Hill Thomas, carrier, 2 Primrose cottages
Jones Thomas, farmer, Yardway
Matthews Henry, inspector of nuisance under Martley sanitary authority, Firtree villa
Millman John B., butcher, Sinton
Munn Mrs. Harriet, farmer, Sinton
Oakley Richard, market gardener, shopkeeper, and sub-postmaster
Parry James Pritchard, Camp House, & fmr.
Smith Samuel, farmer, Moseley
Smith Thomas, market gardener
Stayte Thomas, Park cottage
Sylvester Jas., cot. farmer, Monkwood gn.
Taylor George, provision dealer
Thrupp Walter, farmer, Pound fm., Sinton
Turner Henry, cot. farmer and haulier
Turner John, fmr., Morecroft fm., Sinton
Vernall Miss Alice, schoolmrs., School ho.
Wadeley John, New Inn, Sinton
Wainwright William, farmer, The Retreat
Weston Henry, farmer, Monkwood grn.
Whitcombe Philip N., commercial travlr.
Woodward Henry, beer retailer (The Fox), Monkwood green
Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.