Upton-upon-Severn Billings Directory 1855

Upton-upon-Severn is a small market town, situate about 10 miles from Worcester, 7 from Tewkesbury, and 110 from London, and contained in 1851 a population of 2693 inhabitants.

Upton-upon-Severn is a very old town, for according to Dr. Stukeley, it was the Upoessa of Ravennas. That it was a Roman station seems to receive confirmation form the fact that some ancient armour and coins have at different periods been found in the locality. We find that in the reign of James I a bridge was erected across the Severn, part of which was broken down, and a battery placed in the churchyard, in order to prevent the approach of Cromwell and his soldiers; but the precaution seems to have been of no avail, for the Parliamentary forces entered the town. This bridge being considered unsafe, in consequence of repeated floods, was taken down in 1852, and a new one erected, 1853.

Upton-upon-Severn, as its name implies, is situated on the bank of the Severn, which is navigable for vessels of large burden, and the trade on the river was at one time very considerable, giving employment to a vast number of hands, but the introductions of railways, and the use of steam tugs to supersede horses, have tended to diminish the trade of the town, though the business from the neighbouring villages is still considerable. The town is lighted with gas, and contains several good shops and inns, and taken as a whole it has a very neat and respectable appearance. The market day is Thursday, and the Petty Sessions are held in the Town Hall every alternate Thursday.

The Church is small and ancient, bearing the appearance of great antiquity. The tower is square, above which is a small octagonal one, surmounted with a dome; above is a small open cupola, likewise of an octagonal shape. The interior contains no monuments of note, to call for any comment from us. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. Rev. H. J. Taylor, Rector; Rev. T. W. Hayward, Curate; Mr. W. Handy, Organist; Mr. Robert Harrison, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small Baptist Chapel in Old Street. Rev. Alexander Pitt, Minister. Service – 10 30 a.m., 2 30 and 6 p.m.; Monday, 7 p.m.

There is also a small Methodist Chapel in the Walk. No stated minister. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Catholic Chapel is a plain, neat erection, in School Lane. Rev. A. L. De la Rue, Priest. Service – 7 30 a.m., daily; Sunday, 10 30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The National and Infant Schools are situate in School Lane, and are supported by contributions and the children’s payments. Mr. Joseph Mansfield, Master; Mary Ann Mansfield, Mistress; Jane Millidge, Mistress of Infant School. Average number of scholars – boys, 55; girls, 36; infants, 80.

There is a Catholic School, situate by the Severn side. Mr. Reuben Stockall, Master. Average number of scholars, 60.

The Town Hall is situate in Old Street, the upper portion being used for transacting magisterial business, public meetings, &c., and the lower portion for the purposes of the market.

The Mechanics’ Institution is also situate in Old Street. It is a small building, and contains a good library.

The County Court, and offices belonging thereto, are situate in Court Street. Benjamin Parham, Esq., Judge; T. M. W. Holland, Esq., and T. T. Gough, Esq., Clerks; W. Akroyd and F. W. Dyer, Bailiffs.

The Police Station is in Court Street, adjoining the County Court. George Checketts, Superintendent.

The Union is situated about half a mile form the town; it stands on an eminence in a most healthy situation, surround by a very extensive and beautiful garden. Mr. Richard Rhodes, Governor; Mrs. Bathurst, Matron; Rev. T. W. Hayward, Chaplain; J. B. March, Esq., Surgeon; Mr. H. Sewell, Clerk; Mr. G. Whitesides, Schoolmaster; Mr. James Dancocks and Mr. C. G. Walker, Relieving Officers. Board day, every alternate Thursday.

Charities – The charities of this town are but few, amounting to about £130 per annum, and are distributed according to the wishes of the donors.


Ainsworth Mr. William Lowe, Old St

Clarke Mrs. Richard, Old St

Cobham Mr. John, Church St

Couchers The Misses, Buryfield Cottage

Cowley Miss H., Longdon Heath

Davis Mr., The Villa

De la Rue Rev. A. L., Catholic Priest, School Lane

Fowler Mr. John, Elm Cottage, The Hill

Graham Miss, Longdon Heath House

Grice Rev. Joseph Hill, Curate of Queenhill, The Mount

Hancock Mrs. William, Church St

Handy Mr. Francis, The Hill Cottage

Hayward Rev. T. W., Curate, The Hill

Hudson Mrs. Elizabeth, Myrtle Cottage

Lilley Mr. Thomas, Laurel Cottage, Old St

Lloyd Mr. Charles, Church St

Nash Mr. Edward, Buryfield

Pitt Rev. Alexander, Baptist Minister, and schoolmaster, Old St

Simmons Mrs. Eades

Taylor Rev. H. J., Rector, Rectory

Warren Mrs., Ham Cottage

White Mr. Thomas, Commissioner of Taxes, Old St

Woodward Major, The Hydes

Allard Edwin, maltster and farmer, London Lane; house, New St

Baker Geo., farmer, Duckswitch; house, Longdon Heath

Barnard George, stationer, Berlin warehouse, Old St

Bates Thomas, baker and shopkeeper, Court St

Blew Samuel, hosier and wool dealer, High St

Bradley William Alfred, baker and maltster, High St

Bradon Charles, surgeon, Ham House, Water Side

Bridgman William, hay, straw, and coal dealer, Court St

Broadway Elizabeth, clock and watch maker, Old St

Bundy Hannah, Star family and commercial inn and posting house, New St

Causon Henry, shopkeeper, New St

Chandler Thomas, boot and shoe maker, New St

Clarke George, maltster, Water Side

Clay Edward, tailor, Old St

Cobham John, haberdasher and hosier, Old St

Cook George, victualler, Royal Oak, Court St

Cook James, confectioner and fancy biscuit baker, Old St

Coombe Samuel, coal merchant, Church St

Cooper M. M. Beale, solicitor, Old St; house, New House

Cooper Thomas, painter, plumber, and glazier, Old St

Cooper William E., chemist and druggist, and printer, High St

Cottrell Edwin, coal and timber merchant, Dunn’s Lane

Cowley C. J., coal merchant, Longdon Heath

Cowley Henry, linen and woollen draper, haberdasher, and hosier, High St; house, Elm Cottage

Creese Harriet, boarding and day school, New St

Creese William, painter, plumber, and glazier, Church St

Croft Jane, milliner and dress maker, Old St

Day Joseph, shopkeeper, Court St

Day Lucy, shopkeeper, Old St

Day Sarah, grocer, tea dealer, stationer, and Postmistress, High St

Drinkwater John, boot and shoe maker, Old St

Farr Thomas, linen and woollen draper, tea dealer, and news agent, High St

Field James, cider seller and market gardener, Duckswitch

Fildes George, beer retailer and shopkeeper, Unicorn, Old St

Fletcher John, surgeon; house, Acacia Cottage

George Samuel, grocer, tea dealer, tallow chandler, and Stamp Distributor, High St

George Elizabeth, butcher, High St

Gilbert Thomas, painter, plumber, and glazier, Old St

Goodall George, butcher, Old St

Goodman Gabriel, surgeon, Old St

Griffin James, beer retailer, Barley Mow, Dunn’s Lane

Griffiths Jane, straw bonnet maker, Court St

Griffiths Thomas, farmer

Gurney William, victualler and baker, Cross Keys, Court St

Hall Jane, shopkeeper, Court St

Hancock William, clerk, agent to the Law Union Fire and Life Office, to the Rock Life and Birmingham District Fire Offices, accountant, estate agent, and secretary to the Trades’ Union Friendly Society, court House

Handy William, bread and biscuit baker, Old St

Harlow John, victualler, wine and spirit merchant, and tea dealer, Swan (see advertisement)

Harrison Ann, victualler, King’s Head, High St

Harrison Robert, maltster and coal merchant, High St; house, Water Side

Hartland William, maltster and cooper, High St

Heath William, farmer, Lockeridge

Hill John, shopkeeper and beer retailer, Fish, Old St

Hill Joseph, market gardener, Old St

Hill William, market gardener, Eight Acres

Hitchins William, Rate Collector, New St

Holland T. M. W., solicitor

Hudson Henry, painter, plumber and glazier, and glass and china dealer, High St

Jenks Thomas, market gardener, Eight Acres

Johnson Robert, boot and shoe maker, Old St

Jones Rebecca, stay maker, The Depot

Jukes George, manager at the Bank, and agent to the Phoenix Fire and Pelican Life Offices, High St

Kelsey John, boot and shoe maker, New St

Kent John, liquor merchant, Buryfield House

Kent W. and E., and Sons, wine, spirit, vinegar, and cider merchants

King Ann, milliner, High St

Knowles Robert, wheelwright, Hook Common

Lane Robert, butcher, New St

Lane Sarah, straw bonnet maker, New St

Lane William, saddler, and harness maker, High St

Laughton John, victualler, Seven Stars, Old St

Layton John, hair dresser, High St

Lechmere and Co., bankers, High St; draw on Robarts and Co.; George Jukes, manager; open from 10 to 3

Lidiard John, blacksmith and locksmith, Old St

Lidiard Mary, milliner and dress maker, Old St

Lilley John, grocer, tea and provision dealer, and baker, Old St

Marsh and Fletcher, surgeons, High St

Marsh Henry B., surgeon; house, High St

Masters John, victualler, Anchor, High St

Merryday Henry Cook, plumber, painter and glazier, grocer and tea dealer, Old St

Minchin Richard, farmer, Longdon Heath

Morris James, boot and shoe maker, Court St

Okell Susan, grocer, tea and provision dealer, Old St

Osborne David, farmer, The Palace

Osborne George, farmer, Green Field

Parish George, brick maker, Water Side

Perrins Edward, maltster, London Lane; house, Hanley Castle

Pitt Thomas, victualler and shopkeeper, Black Boy, New St

Powell Thomas, farmer, Duckswitch

Pratt Mary, saddler and harness maker, Old St

Pratt Thomas, saddler and harness maker, Old St

Pratt William, White Lion family and commercial inn and posting house, High St

Price George, blacksmith and farrier, Old St

Price Sarah, dress and stay maker, Old St

Pumfrey Hannah, beer retailer, God Speed the Plough, Water side

Read Joseph, clerk, Church St

Sewell Henry, solicitor, clerk to the Magistrates, to the Board of Guardians, and agent to the Indisputable Life Office, Buryfield House

Shepherd James, coal and timber merchant, Water Side

Sheward Charles E., surgeon, Church St

Smith George, potato dealer and tinman, Old St

Stephens Francis, boot and shoe maker, Old St

Stone Thomas, tailor, Buryfield

Taylor Thomas, currier and broker, High St

Thompson Henry, victualler, commercial inn, Talbot, Excise Office, High St

Thorn Samuel, victualler, Severn Trow, Dunn’s Lane

Thould Henry, butcher and maltster, Old St

Tinkler Thomas, victualler, Wheat sheaf, Church St

Trash Henry S., surgeon, New Cottage

Tremlett Thomas, hosier and general dealer, Old St

Turberville John, victualler, Bell, New St

Vokins Caroline, milliner and dress maker, Back Fields

Walker Thomas Willis, solicitor, New St

Walton Miss, boarding and day school, Buryfield Lodge

Webb Richard, blacksmith and farrier, Old St

White Charles, farmer and blacksmith, Lockeridge

White James, beer retailer, Brewer’s Arms. Berrow Fields

White John, clock and watch maker, High St

White Walter, boot and shoe maker, Old St

Whitesides Richard, grocer, tea and provision dealer, High St

Wilkes and Co., general and furnishing ironmongers, Old St

Wilkes Charles, grocer, tea and provision dealer, High St (see advertisement)

Wilkes Walter, lines and woollen draper, and clothier, Old St (see advertisement)

Williams George, grocer, tea and provision dealer, Church St

Williams James, farmer

Williams Robert D., butcher, High St

Willis Thomas, tailor, Old St

Willis William, tailor, court St

Wood Matthias, boot and shoe maker, Church St

Wood Thomas, news agent, Old St

Woodward James, shoeing and jobbing smith, Court St

Woodward Thomas, victualler, Crown, Old St

Woodward William, farmer, Hook Farm; house, Longdon

Woodward William, baker, shopkeeper, and corn dealer, Old St

Wridgway Charles, builder, New St

Wridgway James, builder, Church St

Wridgway Richard, carpenter and joiner, Old St

Wright George, marine store dealer, Old St

Wright William, pump maker, Old St

Post Office, High Street – Sarah Day, Postmistress. Delivery, 7 30 a.m. and 6 30 p.m.; despatch, 45 p.m.

Coaches – To Cheltenham, from Lion Hotel, alternate days, 10 a.m. To Malvern, from Lion Hotel, alternate days, 6 p.m. To Worcester, from Star Inn, daily, 8 15 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday excepted.

Carrier – To Worcester, James Lyse, Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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