Overbury is a very pretty village and parish, situate about 5½ miles from Tewkesbury, containing in 1851 a population of 525 inhabitants.
Overbury is very pleasantly situated, on the south side of Bredon Hill; the land in the neighbourhood is very fertile. There are several silk factories here, the principal of which is carried on by Mr. Peter Dormay, who employs a great number of hands.
Conderton is a small village and hamlet, in the parish of Overbury, from which place it is distant about one mile. The population at the last census was 178.
Teddington is a small village and Chapelry, in the parish of Overbury, distant from Tewkesbury about 5 miles, and 2¼ from the Ashchurch station. The population in 1851 was 135.
The Church at Overbury, dedicated to St. Faith, is a very old stone structure, with square embattled tower, containing five good bells. The building is partly in the early English, and partly in the pointed style, the chancel containing some very good specimens of both. The living is a Discharged Vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Rev. William Smith, Vicar; Rev. Ferdinand William Becker, Curate; Mr. George Mann, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 15 p.m.
There is a small Chapel of Ease at Teddington, dedicated to St. Nicholas. It is a very old edifice, in the early English style of architecture, with square turreted tower. Rev. William Smith, Incumbent; Rev. William Falkner, Curate; Mr. B. Wellard, Clerk. Service – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
There is a small Wesleyan Chapel at Overbury. No stated minister. Service – 6 30 p.m.
There is a small Parochial School at Overbury, supported by contributions and the children’s payments. Mr George Mann, master. Average number of scholars, 45.
Berkeley Captain Robt., Esq., Magistrate, Overbury Court
Berkeley Mrs. Elizabeth
Eyston Ferdinand, Esq., Magistrate
Martin Mr. Joseph
Stoner Mrs. Mary
Whitcombe Mrs. Mary
Whitcombe The Misses
Ancill Charles, stonemason and shopkeeper
Ancill John, victualler, Star
Ancill William, painter and plumber
Barnett Thomas, farmer
Berkeley Maria Ann, shopkeeper
Berkeley William, farmer
Dormay Peter, silk throwster
Dutfield James, farmer
Harris Thomas, boot and shoe maker
Hooke John, carpenter
Hooke Joseph W., cabinet maker and carpenter
Martin John, Surgeon
Mann George, Parish Clerk, and Registrar of Birth and Deaths
Newland John, draper and shopkeeper
Roberts James, farmer; and at Kinsham
Sheen William, draper, grocer, and Sub-Postmaster
Smith William, blacksmith
Stallard Charles, silk throwster and miller
Stanley William, stone mason
Talmash Thomas, tailor and draper
Taylor James, miller and baker, Overbury Mill
Teale James, tailor
Yeend William, farmer
Attwood William, farmer
Barnett William, shopkeeper
Baylis John, carpenter
Cook John, solicitor and farmer, Conderton House
Darke Thomas, shopkeeper
Kearsey John R., farmer
Lane William, shoe maker
Nott John, farmer
Nott William, farmer
Smith Job, blacksmith
Spiers Isaac, wheelwright
Surman John, farmer and cattle dealer
Attwood Edmund, farmer, Vine Tree
Badham George, farmer; house, Beckford
Chandler Hannah, farmer
Creese Mary, farmer, High House Dance John, victualler, Teddington Hands
Hawkes John, farmer
New Edmund C., farmer, Church Field
Roberts Henry, farmer, Manor Farm
Vernon William, blacksmith
Post Office, Overbury – William Sheen, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 10 30a.m.; despatch, 4 p.m.
Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855