Droitwich Worcestershire Pigot’s Directory 1842

Is a market town, and borough both corporate and parliamentary, having exclusive jurisdiction, locally and in the hundred of Halfshire; 118 miles N.W. from London, about 7 N.E. by N. from Worcester, 14 W. by N. from Alcester, and somewhat more than a mile to the west of the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. The town is agreeably situated on the banks of the Salwarp, and on the road leading from Birmingham to Worcester and the fashionable watering place of Malvern; and for the accommodation of travellers there is an excellent commercial and posting hotel, the ‘George:’ connected with the establishment are salt-water baths, and a private boarding house. This place was anciently denominated Wich or Wiche, from the wiches or salt springs with which the neighbourhood abounds; and the prefix Droit (right or legal) is conjectured to refer to some exclusive privilege for the manufacture of salt, obtained by the inhabitants. This manufacture may be said to be coeval with the origin of the town; it still is the staple branch, and the salt springs have acquired considerable repute as baths for the cure of various complaints. Of the other trades, malting and tanning may be noticed as the principal, together with some mills for grinding corn. The town was originally incorporated by charter from John, and that by which it was subsequently governed was granted by James I: under the provisions of the municipal reform act the present corporate body consists of a mayor, four aldermen and twelve councillors. A court of petty session is held every Thursday by the borough magistrates; and one of record on the same day, for the trial of civil actions where the amount pending is under £10. The borough first returned members to parliament in the reign of Edward I. The reform bill deprived the borough of one representative. The present sitting member is John Somerset Pakington, Esq., of Westwood House, in this borough; the mayor is the returning officer. The limits of the borough, as defined by the boundary act, comprise the old borough of Droitwich, and certain contiguous parishes and places are added thereto: the same act authorizes the return of knights of the shire to represent the eastern division of the county to be made from this borough.

The old borough comprised the greater part of the united parishes of St. Andrew and St. Mary de Witton, those of St. Peter de Witton and St. Nicholas, and a small portion of that of St. Augustine de Wich, or Dodderhill. The church of St. Andrew, which was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1293, is of several styles of architecture; the southern entrance, which formed part of the more ancient church, appears to be Saxon; the living is a discharged rectory, in the patronage of the crown, and incumbency of the Rev. John Topham. St. Peter’s church has a tower, in the later English style, and some fine decorated windows. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the gift of Earl Somers, and incumbency of the Rev. J. R. Ingram. The church of St. Nicholas, greatly damaged during the parliamentary war, has been taken down. The other places of worship are a chapel of ease, and one each for the independents and Wesleyan Methodists. The principal charities are a hospital for thirty-eight aged men and women, founded by Henry Coventry, in 1686, and a charity school for forty boys and forty girls, who are educated and clothed, and , on leaving school, apprenticed. The neighbourhood of the town is very respectable; the soil is rich, both for tillage and pasturage, and the scenery in may parts of the parish is exceedingly pleasing. The market is held on Friday; and the fairs on the Monday before the 28th of June and the Wednesday before St. Thomas’s day. The (old) borough of Droitwich contained, in 1831, 2,487 inhabitants, and, in 1841, 2,741.

POST OFFICE, Worcester-road, Richard Smith, Post Master – Letters from LONDON and the South, also from BIRMINGHAM and the North arrive every morning at half-past four, and despatched every night at eight.

Letters from WORCESTER, BRISTOL and the West arrive every morning at half-past four and night at a quarter past nine, and are despatched every morning at twenty minutes before three and night at eight.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY

Amphlett Rev. Joseph, Hampton Rectory

Amphlett Richard H. Esq. New hall

Downing Mrs. Mary, Queen St

Edwards Mrs. Harriet, Droitwich,

Francis Richard, Esq. Droitwich,

Gale Mrs. Ann, Queen St

Galton John Howard, Esq. Hadsor House

Harvey Mrs. Elizabeth C. Queen St

Hughes Rev. Dr. Dodderhill

Ingram Rev. John Richd. St. Andrew St

Norberry Miss Mary, Friar St

Pakington John Somerset, Esq. M.P. Westwood

Ricketts W. H. Esq. Hill Court

Shelton -, Esq. Meer Hall

Smith Mrs. Elizabeth, High St

Southwell Viscount, Hindlip

Steward John Burdett, M. D. Droitwich

Topham Rev. John, Harriotts

Vashon Rev. James Volant, Salwarpe

Vernon Rev. W. Hanbury Rectory

ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS

COVENTRY’S CHARITY SCHOOL, Holloway road-Henry Horton, master. ; Harriet Jones, mistress

INFANTS’ SCHOOL, Green – Ann Challinor, mistress

Jaques Eliza, Friar St

NATIONAL SCHOOL, Green – Thos. Challinor., master

Taylor. Jane, Droitwich

Tomkins Thomas (boarding & day) St. Andrew St

ATTORNEYS

Curtler & Holyoake, Bromsgrove St

Pumfrey Charles, High St

Robeson Messrs. Bromsgrove St

Tombs Samuel, Queen St.

BAKERS & FLOUR DEALERS

Jones John. Hanbury St

Reynolds John, High St

Reynolds William, High St

Reynolds William, jun. Queen St

Smith John, High St

Wheeler John, St. Andrew St

BLACKSMITHS

Manton John, Bromsgrove St

Pugh John, St. Andrew St

Willis George, Bromsgrove Road

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS

Bill Shadrach, Hill End

Bluck Thomas, Friar St

Brownell James, High St

Greaves George, High St

Guise George, Hill end toll

Musgrove Joseph, High St

Noke Adam, High St

Wild William Queen St

BRICK &TILE MAKERS

Harris James, Friar. St

Shilvock Thomas, High St

Wood William, Friar St

BUTCHERS

Bourne John, High St

Cole Daniel, Queen St

Cole Samuel, Friar St

Emuss John High St

Greaves George, High St

Knight Stephen, High St

Wagstaff William, Hanbury St

CABINET MAKERS

Emuss James, High St

Priddey Henry, St. George’s Square

Priddey William, Friar St

COOPERS

Broad Thomas, High St

Knott & Holloway,, High St

FIRE, &c.. OFFICE AGENTS

BIRMINGHAM, William Romney Allen, Queen St

PHOENIX Richard Allen, Salt lane

SHROPSHIRE AND NORTH WALES, Thomas Sharples, High St

ROYAL EXCHANGE, Isaac Green, St.George’s Square

GARDENERS & SEEDSMEN

Harris William, Friar St

Harris William, St. Andrew St

Partridge Phoebe. High St

Smith Richard, Queen St

GROCERS & DEALERS IN SUNDRIES

Addes Letitia, High St

Allen William Romney, Queen St

Bourne Ann, Hanbury St

Cottrill Thomas Hanbury St

Gorle Thos. (& ironmonger) Queen St

Greaves Ann Hanbury St

Greaves Margaret, In Liberties

James Richard, Bromsgrove St

Lacey William, Queen St

Mason Thomas, In Liberties

Musgrove Christiana, Friar St

Nicholls John, High St

Onion Edward, High St

Peace Mary, High St

Reynolds William, Queen St

Smith Mary, Bromsgrove St

Smith William, Friar St

Trehearn James, High St

Watkins William, Hanbury St

HAIR DRESSERS

Onion Edward, Hanbury St

Onion Thomas, High St

Smith Samuel, St. Andrew St

HOTEL

George Hotel (commercial & posting)

William Ellis, St.George’s square

JOINERS & BUILDERS

Lacey William, Queen St

Priddey Henry, St. George’s square

Priddey William, Friar St

Sharples Thomas, High St

Shilvock Thomas, High St

Stokes Richard, St. Andrew St

Wood William, Friar St

LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPRS

Allen Joseph, High St

Edkins Ellis, Bromsgrove St

Hunt Edwin, High St

Pumfrey John, Queen St

MALTSTERS

Lilly William, Wichbold

Moule John, Bromsgrove St

Perkins Thomas, Town mill

Reynolds William, Queen St

Smith Edward, High St

Smith John, High St

Wheeler John, St. Andrew St

MILLERS

Haines Charles, BRIER MILL

Lilly William Wichbold

Perkins Thomas, TOWN MILL

Thould Thomas, Impney

MILLINERS & DRESS MAKRS.

Hunt Elizabeth Ann, High St

Knight Elizabeth, Bromsgrove St

Reeve Mary, High St

Worrall Sarah, High St

PAINTERS, PLUMBERS AND GLAZIERS

Hemming Elizabeth, High St

Nutt Samuel, High St

Peace Mary, High St

SALT BASKET MAKERS

Bourne John, Friar St

Partridge Thomas, Hanbury St

Partridge William, High St

SALT PAN MAKERS

Guyse John, High St

Noke Charles, Friar St

SALT PROPRIETORS

Bourne Thomas, Droitwich

Bradley John Henry, High St

Caldwell Thomas, Droitwich

DROITWICH PATENT SALT WORKS CO – Clay & Newman, Droitwich

Fardon Thomas, Stoke prior

Wall George, High St

STRAW HAT MAKERS

Allen Frances, Queen St

Wythes Ann, High St

SURGEONS

Jaques William R. High St

Kitsell James, Queen St

Ricketts Martin, Friar St

TAILORS

Allen Joseph, High St

Hunt Edwin, High St

Nichols Samuel, Bromsgrove St

Onion Edward, High St

Pumfrey John (& draper,) Queen St

Reynolds John, High St

Wakeman Robert, Bromsgrove St

TANNERS

Smith John & Thomas: Queen St

Taylor William, Hanbury St

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES

Barley Mow (and excise office) Thomas Page, Hanbury Street

Crown, Thomas Robins. High St

Golden Cross, William Harrison, Friar St

Hole-in-the-Wall, Robert Wakeman. Bromsgrove Street

New Rising Sun, Susannah Kirkham,

Old Cock, William Wood, Friar St

Old Rising Son George Everton, In Liberties

Star & Garter, Joseph Wood Clutterbuck, High Street

Talbot, Samuel Nutt, High St

Wheat Sheaf, Edward Smith, High St

White Hart, Sarah Eliz. Cockrill, High St

RETAILERS OF BEER

Cottril William, Bromsgrove St

Everton John, In Liberties

Greaves James, High St

Greaves James, jun. High St

Harris James, Friar St

Hunt Thomas, Holloway Road

Martin William, Worcester Road

Mason Thomas, In Liberties

Onion Thomas, High St

Parker Thomas, Hanbury St

Partridge Thomas, Hanbury St

Pinches William, In Liberties

Smith John, Queen St

TIMBER MERCHANTS

Priddey William, Friar St

Shilvock Thomas, High St

WHEELWRIGHTS

Bowles Edward Droitwich

Crowther Robert, High St

Lawrence William, Hanbury St

Martin William, Worcester Road

MISCELLANEOUS.

Allen Joseph, hatter, High St

Allen William Romney, china, glass and earthenware dealer, Queen St

Gorle Thomas, sub-distributer of stamps, High St

Greaves James, coal and timber dealer, High St

Green Isaac, chymist, druggist and stationer, Queen St

Heywood William, saddler, Queen St

Hunt Edward, turner & patten and chair maker, High St

Jaques William R. registrar of birth and deaths, High Street

LUNATIC ASYLUM, Friar Street – John Burdett Steward, physician; Martin Ricketts, surgeon.

Palmer Wm. Watch & clock mkr, High St

Richards Thos. Superintendent registrar of births, deaths and marriages, Grantham Cottage

SAVINGS’ BANK, Queen Street – (open on Friday) – Samuel Tombs, actuary

Smith Ralph, road surveyor, Friar St

Smith Richard, corn dealr, Worcester Road

Taylor James, farrier, Friar St

Trehearn William, currier, High St

UNION WORKHOUSE – Stephen Sills, governor

Walker John, eating-house keeper, Hanbury St

Weaver George, whitesmith, High St

Wedgberrow John, brazier and tin-plate worker, Queen St

COACHES.

To BIRMINGHAM, the True Blue (from Worcester) calls at the George Hotel, every morning at half-past nine, and the Taglioni, calls at the White Hart, every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at 4.

To WORCESTER, a coach, from the George Hotel, every Saturday morning at ten – the True Blue (from Birmingham) calls at the same Hotel, every evening at seven – and the Taglioni, calls at the White Hart, every day (Sunday excepted) at ahlf-past twelve.

CONVEYANCE BY RAILWAY

On the Birmingham & Gloucester Line. Station about a mile and a quarter from Droitwich, from whence passengers may be conveyed to almost any part of England.

A car, to and from the George Hotel, and the Railway Station, continually, during the day, according to the arrival and departure of the trains.

Other particulars, relating to the above and various lines of Railway, are furnished by the Railway Tables.

CARRIERS.

To BROMSGROVE, John Weaver and Thomas Allbutt, every Wednesday and Saturday – James Greaves, every Tuesday – & John Atkins, every Wednesday.

To KIDDERMINSTER, John Munn, every Thursday and Saturday.

To WORCESTER, Thos. Allbutt, James Greaves, and Thomas Langford, every Wednesday & Saturday – John Atkins, every Wednesday – and Henry Harding, every Saturday.

CONVEYANCE BY WATER

To & from LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, BRISTOL, WORCESTER, and all parts of the West of England, Boats pass Hanbury wharf, about a mile form Droitwich, daily.

Source: Pigot & Co.’s Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the Counties of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutlandshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire 1841/1842

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