North Piddle Billings Directory 1855

North Piddle is a small and somewhat scattered parish, about 7 miles E. from Worcester, and contained in 1851 a population of 149 inhabitants.

The Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small, ancient edifice, and consists of merely a nave or oblong room, with a small chancel and a wooden bell-tower. The interior of the church has anything but an inviting appearance, being in a wretched state of dilapidation. The windows are late Norman, and portions of the walls are older. Near the church is a raised bank or mound, with a moat round it, which is called “The Church Bank,” though we cannot discover any account of a house, castle, or mansion having stood there. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of Earl Somers. Rev. Henry Faulkner, M.A., Rector; Mr. Thomas Nash, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

There is neither Weekly nor Sunday School in this parish.

DIRECTORY

Coates Rev. William, Unett

Botting Mr. Isaac, Humble Bee Hall

Bluck John, cooper

Boyce James, blacksmith, Grafton Bridge

Court Thomas, farmer, and cider retailer

Cowley Robert, farmer

Gibbs William, farmer, Rectory Farm

Davies James, victualler and farmer, Union

Houghton John, farmer, Humble Bee Hall

Morris George, farmer, Church Farm

Nash Thomas, Parish Clerk

Pugh Henry, farmer, New House

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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