Oddingley Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Oddingley is a small parish, situated about 5 miles N. from Worcester, the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway running through it. The parish contained in the year 1851 a population of 185 inhabitants.

There is little doubt that this ancient parish originally received its name from two great warriors of the Saxon race, who, history relates, fought a battle on Oddingley Common or Heath. The names of these combatants were Odd and Dingley, two chiefs of the Mercian kingdom, who have also the reputation of being founders of Dudley Castle, and of the Tewkesbury monastery, in the time of Kinewold, a Bishop of Worcester. The church of Oddingley was added to Worcester about the year 941. The farm called Netherwood in this parish is the place where Heming, the murderer of the Rev. Mr. Parker, was himself murdered by his employers, who were fearful of the discovery of the horrible tragedy, Parker having been killed in the village in the summer of 1806.

The Church is a small, ancient, cruciform building, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south transepts, and western square tower, containing three bells. The building is in the perpendicular style, the windows still retaining that character. The south chancel wall contains a small, ancient piscina, and the inner wall of the porch has a stoup; the church has of late years received extensive repairs and improvements. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of Howard Galton, Esq. Rev. Jackson Porter, M.A., Rector; Mr. Henry Crump, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

DIRECTORY

Bearcroft Rev. James, B.A., The Grange

Porter Rev. Jackson, M.A., Rector, Rectory

Aston William, brick and tile manufacturer

Clewes Thomas, victualler, Fir Tree

Cole Thomas, farmer, Church Farm

Crump Henry, Clerk and Sexton

Crump William, shoe maker

Godard William, farmer, Park Farm

Greenhill Thomas, shoe maker and Constable

Griffin Samuel, carpenter

James John, blacksmith

Plain Joseph, shopkeeper, Trench Lane

Waterson John, farmer, Netherwood

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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