Norton Juxta Kempsey (with the Hamlets of Hatfield and Littleworth) Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Norton is situated about 2 ½ miles S.E. from Worcester, and contained in 1851 a population of 639 inhabitants.

Hatfield is a small hamlet, about a quarter of a mile S. from the village.

Littleworth is another small hamlet, distant about one mile S.E. The population of both these places is returned with the parish.

The Church, which is pleasantly situated, consists of nave, chancel, and western embattled tower, containing three bells; the doorway in the north wall (now stopped up) is plain Norman, as is the principal entrance on the couth, and portions of the walls belong to the same date. The tower has diagonal buttresses, and the north wall is propped by buttresses of the most unartistical shape. This church, as well as that of the adjoining parish of Stoulton, was formerly a chapel of ease to Kempsey; but it appears that Norton had its christenings, marriages, &c., long anterior to 1269, for at that period the vicar of Kempsey was enjoined not to deprive the inhabitants of Norton of their ancient custom of christenings. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Rev. H. Faulkner, M.A., Incumbent; Mr. Robert Kings, Clerk. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 3 30 p.m.

Charities – Mr., Thomas Hunt, of this parish, gave £100, to be laid out in land for the use of the poor. Christopher Meredith gave £3 per annum, to purchase Bibles for the Bishop’s poor tenants, for Kempsey free school. Mrs. Elizabeth Stevens, late of Woodhall, gave £100, to be laid out in land for the use of the poor of Norton and Whittington. Mr. William Richards left £10 for the poor, 40s, to be paid annually. Mr. Francis Hunt gave 10s, to be given in bread. Thomas Shead gave £5, the interest to be given to poor widows on St. Thomas’s day. There are several parcels of land, the rents out of which amount to about £11 7s., to be given to the poor, and for the repairing of the roads.

DIRECTORY

Capel Alfred, Esq., Woodhall

Faulkner Rev. Henry, M.A., Perpetual Curate, Parsonage

Hooke Mrs. S., Norton Hall

Walker George, Esq., Norton Villa

Allington John, farmer, Boulterly

Allington Thomas, jun., farmer, Strain Bridge Farm

Grimley John, tailor

Harber Henry, blacksmith and shopkeeper

Hooke Thomas, se., farmer, Newland House

Hooke Thos., jun., farmer, Norton House

Perratt Thomas, farmer, Pound House

Price James, Wheelwright

Stanton William, farmer, Norton Court

Viner Thomas, carpenter

Wall James, farmer, brick and tile manufacturer, and coal merchant, Lower House; and at Diglis Wharf, Worcester

Watson Geo., lime manufacturer, quarryman, and beer retailer, The Retreat

Hatfield

Hook Mr. John, Hatfield Villa

Allington Thomas, sen., farmer, Lower Hatfield

Griffiths John, farmer

Lewis John, farmer

Lowe Richard, farmer, The Grove

Littleworth

Fleet William, shopkeeper

Walford John, shoe maker

Wootton Samuel, carpenter

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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