Sapey Pritchard Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Sapey is situated on the western border of the county, about 8 miles S.E. from Tenbury, and contained a population of 148 inhabitants in the year 1851.

Sapey Pritchard was formerly, as well as Edvin Loach, a Chapelry to Clifton-upon-Teme, and the former parish is not even now privileged with funerals, nor is its churchyard consecrated, although it is contemplated as soon as practicable.

The Church, situated in a picturesque valley, through which runs the celebrated Sapey brook, consists of nave and chancel, with south porch. No bell tower or turret ornaments the little edifice, but a square hole near the top of the gable-end indicates something within, and in the interior of the building, corresponding with this sound-hole, is a wooden cupboard, in which are two bells. The living is a discharged Rectory, in the gift of the executors of the late Rev. W. S. Rufford. Rev. William Rufford, M.A., Rector; Mr. William Baylis, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 30 p.m.


Rufford Rev. William, M.A., Rector, Rectory

Barnes Elizabeth, farmer, Thorn

Baylis William, Parish Clerk

Biddle Charles, farmer, beer retailer, and carrier, Black Star

Bint James, farmer, The Green

Bint James, Collector of Taxes, The Green

Davis John farmer, The Hill

Davis Edward, shopkeeper

Downes James, farmer, Sapey Court

Fox Richard, farmer, Hathouse

Hall John, farmer, Burton Court

Hill Thomas, farmer, Culver House

Lewis John, carpenter, Holland’s Mill

Lipscombe Joseph, farmer, Landymore

Moore Benjamin, farmer, shopkeeper, and carrier, Rose Furlong

Price James, shoe maker

Rea Benjamin, farmer, Three Gates

Smith William, farmer, The Farm

Travil Edward, victualler and mason, Gate Hangs Well

Carrier – Worcester, through Martley, Biddle, Wed. and Sat., 5 a.m.; and Moore, Wed. and Sat., 5 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855