Blockley Worcestershire Slater’s Directory 1850

Is a parish, comprising the hamlets of Aston Magna, Blockley, Ditchford, Dorn, Draycott, Northwick and Paxford – the hamlet, or town of Blockley, is 90 miles N. W. from London, 25 S. E. from Worcester, 10 S. E. from Evesham, and 3 N. W. by W. from Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It is surrounded by the county of Gloucester and a small portion of Warwickshire; amidst sloping hills and fruitful valleys, and noted for the fine springs of crystal water that rise in Dovedale, and flow through the village in all directions, affording great convenience to those employed in the silk-throwing business, for which, in this little place, there are no fewer than six establishments. The Oxford, Worcester and Staffordshire Railway, now constructing, will run within a mile of Blockley; and the Birmingham and Gloucester line passes about eighteen miles to the west. According to tradition, Dorn, in this parish, was formerly a city of some consequence; and the many old foundations, and Roman and British coins found in this neighbourhood, seem to countenance the truth of the report: at present however, the habitations consist of only farm houses. In the 9th of George IV. Blockley was made the head of a division, the petty sessions for which are held here; and the Bishop of Worcester, as lord of the manor holds by his steward, a manorial court occasionally.

The places of worship are the parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and a chapel for Baptists. The church, which has lately been repaired and improved, is partly Norman, and partly in the early style of English architecture, with a tower – the latter rebuilt in 1795: the living is a vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Bishop of Worcester; the Rev. Miles Coyle is the present incumbent. A free school for thirty boys and twenty girls, is partly supported by bequests and partly by subscription. Within a mile of the village is Northwick Park, the fine seat of Lord Northwick; and in the vicinity of the town are a few other elegant residences. The parish contained, in 1831, 2,015 inhabitants, and in 1841, 2,136 – the population of Blockley, itself, at the present time is about 1,600.

POST OFFICE, Mary Bearcroft, Post Mistress. – Letters from London and various other parts, arrive every morning at half-past seven, and are despatched at seven in the evening. Letters from the West and some places South, arrive every morning at half-past ten, and are despatched at half-past one in the afternoon.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY.

Cannon Mrs. Esther, Blockley

Cockerill Sir Charles, Bart., Seizen Cottage

Collier Captain Edward, R.N., Blockley

Coyle Rev. Miles, Vicarage House

Folkeston Rev. Frederick George, Paxford

Hiron Mr. John, Blockley

Lygon Lieutenant-General Edward, Blockley

Lygon Lieutenant-General Henry, Blockley

Mintorn Mr. John, Dovedale

Mullins Mrs. Mary, Blockley

Northwick Honble. Lord, Northwick Park

Pain Mr. Richard, Blockley

Reddesdale the Honble. Lord, Batsford Park

Righhton Mrs. Ann, Blockley

Roberts Henry, Esq., Paxford

Roberts Mr. James, Blockley

Smith Mrs. Sarah, Rock Cottage

PUBLIC HOUSES.

Bell, William Lane

Crown, Henry Oliver

SILK THROWSTERS.

Banbury Edward

Smith Charles Edward

Smith Edwin

Smith James

Stanley Richard

Westmacott Richard

SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS.

Acocks Elizabeth, stay maker

Acocks John, blacksmith

Allcock William Stacy, ironmonger and plumber

Baldwin Louisa, shopkeeper

Bearcroft Mary, baker

Belcher Richard, secretary to the mechanics’ institute

Belcher Richard Boswell, draper

Belcher William, tailor and draper

Blackford William, baker

Bull Edgar, surgeon

Colney William, leather cutter

Davy John, plumber and glazier

Day William, carpenter

Dowsell William, carpenter

Edgington William, baker

Figgures Charles, plasterer

Figgures John, plasterer and painter

Figgures Thomas, painter and paper hanger

Fisher Fanny, dress maker

Fisher Thomas, blacksmith

Foster John, shoe maker

Hale Hannah, shopkeeper

Hale John, beer retailer

Hales Moses, stone mason

Harris Augustus Frederick, grocer

Herbert Anna, grocer and draper

Herbert John, butcher

Herbert John, beer retailer

Herbert Peter, tailor

Hobbs Mary, miller and baker

Hope Sarah, schoolmistress

Hopkins James, beer retailer

Keen James, shoe maker

Keen Joseph, master of free school

Kempson John, carpenter & builder

Mace Richard, miller

Moore Charles, shopkeeper

Nicholls Francis, shopkeeper

Pain Jonathan, miller

Perkins Thomas, saddler

Phipps William, shopkeeper and blacksmith

Pickering Charles, carpenter

Pickering James, tailor

Powell Thomas, stone mason

Smith Geo. Cannon, grocer & druggist

Smith James, agent to the General fire and life office

Smith Thomas, turner and chair maker

Stiles Sarah, dress maker

Taplin William, carpenter

Thornton Richard, shopkeeper

Watts William, hair dresser

Westmacott Henry & William, millwrights

Wheatcroft Edwd. registrar of births and deaths

Wilkshire John, stone mason

Williams Richd. shopkeeper & shoe mkr.

CARRIERS.

From the Bell.

To LONDON, John Ward, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To BIRMINGHAM, – Hawkins, Tues.

To CHIPPING NORTON, John Ward, Saturday.

To STRATFORD-ON-AVON, Joseph Penson, Saturday.

To WARWICK, Joseph Penson, Saturday.

Source: Slater’s Directory (Worcestershire Section) 1850

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