Hill Croome (anciently Heleycombe or Hull Croome, from the De Hulls who lived here temp. Edward I) is a small parish and village, 2 miles E. of Upton-on-Severn, 7 N. of Tewkesbury, 6 S.W. of Pershore, and 12 S. of Worcester; is in the western division of the county and hundred of Lower Oswaldslow; in the union, petty sessional division, and polling district of Upton; county court district of Pershore; annual rateable value, £1,658; acreage, 982; population in 1861, 198; in 1871, 192, with 45 inhabited houses. The Earl of Coventry (the lord of the manor), the Executors of the late Charles Hunt, Esq., and of the late George Banaster, Esq. , Mrs. T. Barton, and Mrs. Newman, are the landowners. The soil is clay and loam; subsoil, clay; chief crops, wheat, beans, and barley. Hill Croome is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Bredon; living, a rectory, value £330, with residence and a glebe farm of about 124 aces; patron, the Lord Chancellor; rector, the Rev. William Llewelyn Croft, who was instituted in 1869. The church of St. Mary is a small stone edifice, with gabled tower at the west end; it has a piscina which occupies an unusual position, being placed across the S.E. angle of the chancel. The earliest register is dated 1559. Baughton is a hamlet situate about 1 mile and a half N.W. from the church.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Letters arrive from Worcester via Severn Stoke about 9 a.m. The wall letter-box, Baughton, is cleared at 4.40 p.m. There is no delivery on Sundays. Upton-on-Severn and Severn Stoke are the nearest money-order offices. Post town, Worcester.

Parish Church (St. Mary’s). – Rev. William Llewelyn Croft, Rector; Mr. John Briscoe, Churchwarden; John Rea, Parish Sexton.

Carrier to Worcester. – William smith, on Saturdays; returning from the Coventry Arms, Friar street, at 4 p.m.


Barton Mrs. Timothy, Baughton

Croft Rev. William Llewelyn (rector), The Rectory

Hancock Henry, Baughton hall


Briscoe John, farmer

Bromage Joseph, wheelwright, Baughton

Cull Charles, farmer, Baughton court

Denley Mrs. Edward, farmer, Moat farm

Howship Miss Ann, shopkpr., Baughton

Newman Mrs. Mary A., frmr., Baughton

Newman Peter, farmer & dlr., Baughton

Nott Robert, blacksmith, Baughton

Rea John, parish sexton

Rivers Wm., wheelwright, &c., Baughton

Smith William, carrier, Baughton

Warren Charles, New Inn, Baughton

Williams Mrs., farmer & lime-burner, Baughton

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