Distances – 10 miles S.E. of Worcester (8 ½ by rail), 3 S.W. of Pershore, and 5 N.E. of Upton-on-Severn.
Population – In 1901, 566. Acreage, 1682.
Postal Information – Post and Telegraph Office, Edwin Roberts, Sub-Postmaster. Letters arrive from Worcester about 6.15 a.m. and 3.40 p.m.; despatched thereto at 10. 15 a.m. and 6.30 and 7.20 p.m. Telegrams may be sent from this office, and money order and savings bank business transacted. Post town, Worcester. Wall Letter-box, near Railway Station, cleared at 8 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 6.30 p.m. only on Sundays. Wall Letter-box at Besford is cleared at 7.15 a.m. and 6.55 p.m.
Parish Church (St. James’) – Rev. George Swinden, M.A., Vicar of Defford-cum-Besford; Messrs. Edwin Roberts and Simon Onions, Churchwardens; Charles Chambers, Sexton.
Elementary School for Defford and Besford) – Robert Kersley, Master.
Defford and District Working Men’s Institute – The Earl of Coventry, President; John Brooks, Hon. Secretary.
Midland Railway Station – Anthony Swift, Station Master.
Midland Railway Goods Department – M. Spiers & Sons, Carting Agents for the Midland Railway from Defford Station to Pershore.
Ballard George, bailiff
Ballinger C. E., clerk to the parish council
Bowcott John, mkt. gardener, Church villa
Brooks John, Fair view
Butler Jacob, carpenter, Cold comfort
Checketts Major F., Besford
Clark Miss Jessie, dressmaker, &c.
Coney Frederick, Church farm, Besford
Davis John Andrew, coal dealer
Elliott T., farm bailiff, Chestnut cottage
Ewins Alice M. M., furnished apartments, Spring Bank, Defford. Superior furnished apartments, pleasantly situated. Highest references. Good fishing.
Hayward Mrs. Julia, baker, Woodmancote
Hayward William, farmer, Borders farm
Hemus George, farmer, Bourne farm
Hollier Edward, Crown Inn
Jordon Alfred Ormond, Besford court
Kersley Robert, schoolmaster, School house
Lloyd Miss, Chestnut cottage
Onions Simon, J.P., The Old Manor house, Bourne bank
Read Mrs. Susannah, farmer, Defford farm
Revill Mark, farmer
Roberts Burrage, grocer
Roberts Edwin, grocer and baker, Post office
Roper Jos. Hughes, blacksmith & carpenter
Spiers M. & Sons., hay, straw, and coal merchants, carting agents for the Midland Railway, and furniture removers, Railway station (see advt.)
Summers Mrs., beer retailer, The Oak, Woodmancote
Swift Anthony, station master, Railway sta.
Swinden Rev. George. M.A., (vicar of Defford-cum-Besford), The Vicarage
Taylor Mrs. Elizabeth, cider retlr. & farmer
Taylor George, New Inn
Taylor James, The Villa, Woodmancote
Taylor John, mkt. grdnr., Woodmancote fm.
Taylor Mrs. W.
Wadley John, farmer, Millpond
Ward Harry, market gardener
White Mrs. E. A., furnished apartments, Avon Cottage, Defford. Pleasant situation. Excellent accommodation for visitors. Good fishing. Moderate terms.
Willis George, Hayward of the common
Willis John, Railway Inn
Woodward Herbt., frmr., Dudley Charity fm.
Littlebury’s Directory of Worcester & District. Tenth Edition. Printed and Published by Littlebury & Company, The Worcester Press, Worcester. 1905.