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.


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.