Eastham (with Hanley William, Hanley Child and Orleton) Billings Directory 1855

Eastham is distant from Tenbury about 3 miles, comprising, in 1851, a population of 319 inhabitants, and an area of 5000 acres.

Hanley William is a small parish and village, and was annexed to Eastham in the year 1560; it contained in 1851 a population of 125.

Hanley Child is a Chapelry to Eastham, with a population, in 1851, of 196.

Orleton is a Chapelry to Eastham, with a population, in 1851, of 107 inhabitants.

From “Heming’s Chartulary” we learn that in the early part of the eleventh century, during the devastations of the Danes in this country, many lands and possession were taken away from the Prior and convent of Worcester, among which were Eastham, Tenbury, Clifton, &c., one Earl Hacun and his soldiers being the chief spoliators; and the record goes on to state, “which his wife, Gunnild, knowing to the unjustly done, to make some small recompence, gave them the image of the Virgin Mary, curiously wrought and adorned with gold.” But that the monks of Worcester were too conversant with the science of “profit and loss” to accept this golden plaything as an equivalent for their broad acres, is proved by the statement that “they made incessant prayers to God and the Holy Virgin, and blessed Oswald their patron, that they would raise up some good man, and put it into his heart, to restore the possessions again to the church, whose right they were; and that whosoever should studiously counsel and advise the same might have an everlasting reward.”

Eastham Church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient edifice, situated on the banks of the Teme, consisting of nave and chancel, with western square tower of brick, containing four bells, which are about two centuries old. This church is supposed to have belonged to the Knights Templars, and hence the devices on the walls; but we are not aware in what the subjects of the carvings apply to the Templars, except that the lamb and cross formed the standard chosen by that knightly order; but they were likewise the symbols of Redemption. There is not much interest attached to the Church, except in those portions which pertained to the Normans. South of the nave is a doorway of that character, with arcade work above it externally, and in the same wall are two rudely-carved bas-reliefs, representing apparently two of the signs of the Zodiac, Leo and Sagittarius; and on the wall of the chancel arch, facing the nave, are two similar carvings, the one of the lamb and cross, and the other two lions’ bodies united to one head. On the east side of the chancel arch is a painting of the Crucifixion. The old wooden tower was taken down in 1830, and the present brick one, with stone coping, erected. At the same time the church was repaired, re-pewed, and a new gallery erected, the outlay being £620. in the chancel lie the Soleys of Orleton, several of the former Rectors of Eastham, and the Whitcombs. The living is a Rectory, with Hanley William and the chapelries of Hanley Child and Orleton attached, in the patronage of the Rev. Henry Brown, B.A., who is the present Rector; Rev. Thomas Morris, M.A., Curate; Mr. William Porter, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m.

Hanley William Church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient edifice, consisting of nave, chancel and spire. Mr. James Wainwright, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

Hanley Child Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small edifice. Mr. Thomas Tyler, clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

Orleton Chapel is in the modern style of architecture, consisting of nave, chancel, and western square tower with embattlements; the interior is neatly fitted up with enclosed seats. Mr. Robert Bruton, Clerk. Service – 3 p.m.

There is a Sunday School, established about thirty years since. Most of the children attend on week days. A cottage, with land, had been given for its support; but through neglecting a claim the annual rent for the property, the parties in possession became the legal proprietors, and the parish has lost all claim to it.

DIRECTORY
Brown Rev. Henry, B.A., Rector, Rectory

Holl Mr. William, High Wood Cottage

Annam Benjamin, farmer, The Park

Austins James, farmer, Ockerell Farm

Bach William, farmer

Dorrell Thomas, farmer, Fulhams

Eckley Vincent, farmer, Boat House

Element George, shopkeeper and cider retailer

Hemming John, bee retailer and shopkeeper

Holder William, farmer, Hill Wood

Meredith Joseph, farmer, Puddleford

Porter William, wheelwright, carpenter, and Parish Clerk

Powell William, farm bailiff to William Barnbrook, Esq., Nackershole Farm

Preece James, blacksmith and shopkeeper

Price Thomas, farmer, Court House

Pritchard Arthur, farmer, Black House

Weaver John Downes, farmer, Lower House

Worrall William, farmer, The Spout

HANLEY WILLIAM.
Morris Rev. Thomas, M.A., Curate

Newport Rev. Thos. Henry, Hanley Court

Bowkett Richard, farmer, Church Farm

Bowkett William, farmer, Broomey Field

Brooke Mary, farmer, Fair House

Oseland Mary, farmer, New House

Oseland John, farmer, New House

Oseland John, farmer, New House

Oseland Thomas, farmer, miller, and Relieving Officer for the Bockleton District of the Tenbury Union, Hanley William Mill

Thomas George, victualler, Fox Inn

Wainwright James, shopkeeper, and Registrar of Births and Deaths for the Bockleton District

HANLEY CHILD
Clarke James, farmer, Parsonage

Clifton Edward, shopkeeper

Cooke Thomas, farmer, Woodstock Bower

Cook Thomas, farmer, Upper and Lower Villa

Cooper Solomon, farmer, The Hill

Cullingworth William, farmer, Chaplin Valley

Drew John, farmer, Court House

Graves James, victualler, The Bell

Harris James, shopkeeper and carpenter

Haywood John, blacksmith

Sanders John, shopkeeper

Spilsbury John, farmer, Chaffridge; also of New Grove

Spilsbury William, farmer, Town House

Stratton Matthias, Police Officer, County Police Station

Taylor John, tailor

Young Edward, wheelwright and carpenter

ORLETON.
Bruton Robert, wheelwright, carpenter, and Parish Clerk

Davies Samuel, cooper

Davis Thomas Henry, farmer, auctioneer, and land agent, Middle House

Moore James, farmer, Loxton Farm

Morris George, farmer

Morris James, farmer, Upper House

Strafford William, farmer, Orleton court

Carrier – To Kidderminster, Graves (omnibus), Bell, Hanley Child, Thur., 5 a.m.; to Worcester, Sat., 7 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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