Huddington Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Huddington is a small parish, situated 6 miles N.E. from Worcester, and contained in the year 1851 a population of 89 inhabitants.

The parish of Huddington affords little material for the historian or antiquarian. The principal object of interest is the ancient manor-house, once the residence of the family of the Wintours, two of whom were deeply concerned in the Gunpowder Plot. The building is a fine specimen of the ancient timbered structures, having twisted chimneys with trefoil niches, and many ancient specimens and peculiarities. The moat around it still remains, and encloses nearly an acre of land. The avenue of trees leading to the house was called “Lady Wintour’s Walk,” wherein, tradition states, her ladyship awaited the stolen visits of her husband by night, after the proclamation had been issued for his apprehension.

The Church is a plain, ancient structure, in the perpendicular style, consisting of nave, chancel, and tower. It was formerly appropriated to the hospital of St. Wulstan, Worcester, but at the dissolution of religious houses, the impropriation fell to the Crown, and was subsequently purchased by John A. Combe, of Stratford-on-Avon, who bought it of Prince Henry, elder brother of Charles I. in the chancel is a brass plate in memory of one Adrianus Fortescutus, a man of great piety, who died in 1653. the principal memorial of note is that of George Wintour, the last of that family. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of the Earl of Shrewsbury, who owns the entire parish. Rev. Edwin Crane, B.A., Incumbent; Mr. Thomas Haidon, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

DIRECTORY

Bridgins Joseph, farmer, Sales Green

Cole Joseph, victualler and carpenter, The Talbot

Gerrard William, farmer

Holder John, farmer, Huddington Court

Lloyd William, farmer, Huddington Hill

Sheppey William, farmer, Sales Green

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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