Eckington Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Eckington, Holy Trinity - 13Eckington is a village and parish, situate on the banks of the river Avon. There is a station here belonging to the Bristol branch of the Midland Railway. Eckington is distant 3 ½ miles S.S.W. from Pershore, and 6 ½ miles N. from Tewkesbury, and contained in 1851 a population of 755 inhabitants.

The chief object of interest in this locality is the picturesque seat of C. J. Hanford, Esq., Lord of the Manor; it is a very old substantial building, displaying traces of very great antiquity. A stone in the front bears the dare of 1611, but the back part is of a much earlier period. In the spacious hall are some beautiful specimens of antique furniture, portraits of eminent personages, including Prince Rupert, Cromwell, King Charles, &c. The mansion is pleasantly situated upon the side of the Bredon Hill, and has been in the possession of the Hanford family since the reign of Elizabeth.

The Church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a stone structure, with massive square embattled tower, containing a fine peal of six bells. It is in a mixed style of architecture, and has within the last few years undergone extensive repairs and alterations. The living is a Vicarage, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Rev. James Irwin, Vicar; Mr. Joseph Bushell, Clerk. Service – 10 45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Baptist Chapel is a small brick building. No stated minister. Service – 2 30 and 6 30 p.m. The Parochial Schools are supported by a small endowment, contributions, and the children’s payments. Mrs. Nicholls, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 45.

DIRECTORY

Chandler Miss

Hanford C. J., Esq., Magistrate, Wollas Hill Hall

Irwin Rev. James, Vicar, Vicarage

Wade Mr. William

Attwood Edmund, farmer, Upper End

Baysand Misses Ann and Mary, ladies academy

Bright Samuel, wheelwright

Broomhall Edmund, butcher

Bushell Joseph, Parish Clerk

Bushell Thomas, farmer

Bushell William, victualler, Bell

Crump Joseph, farmer, Wollas Hill Farm

Davies Stephen, farmer, Wollas Hill

Day William, horse dealer

Diaper Henry, market gardener and seedsman

Firkins James, market gardener and seedsman

Fowler Charles, boot and shoe maker

Frost George, victualler and shopkeeper, Crown

Gittus Joseph, boot and shoe maker

Glover John, carrier

Goddard John, farmer

Gottwaltz Frederick, accountant

Harris Samuel, wheelwright

Harris William, farmer

Jones James, shopkeeper

Leonard Susannah, Postmistress

Lewis Charles, shoe maker

Martin Charles, beer retailer and tailor, Golden Cross

Miles John, blacksmith and shopkeeper

Newman Eliza, farmer, Lower End Farm

Parish John, farmer, Close Court

Perkes William, Inland Revenue Officer

Phelps George, market gardener and seedsman

Pitcher Charles, market gardener and seedsman

Reece William, baker

Roberts Benjamin, market gardener and seedsman

Shepherd William, farmer, Upper End House

Shilton Joseph, Station Master

Smith Herbert H., cabinet maker and carpenter

Sutton William, carrier to Gloucester

Tustin Alfred R., cooper

Vernon William, blacksmith

White George, farmer, Eckington Field Farm

White john, maltster and baker

White Thomas, builder and shopkeeper

Post Office – Susannah Leonard, Sub-Postmistress. Delivery, 10 a.m.; despatch, 3 30 p.m.

Carrier – To Gloucester, Sutton William; time according to circumstances. To Worcester, Glover, Sat., 7 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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