Offenham Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Offenham is a small, quiet, and retired parish, about 2 miles N.E.N. from Evesham. It contained in 1851 a population of 400 inhabitants.

Offenham took its name from the Saxon King Offa, who had a palace here; it afterwards became the residence of the Abbots of Evesham, and it is said that the present manor-farm stands upon the site of the ancient mansion. There is a broad fosse in this neighbourhood, called “The Deer’s Leap,” which is supposed to be a portion of the boundary of the deer park.

The Church is an old building, in the early English style of architecture, with square turreted tower, and pinnacles at each corner; the tower contains a peal of five bells. Rev. Robert Lawson, Perpetual Curate; Mr. John Porter, Clerk. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

DIRECTORY

Gibbs Mrs. Mary

Lawson Rev. Robert, Perpetual Curate

Sheaf Mr. William

Thorpe Mr. Jonathan

Gibbs John, farmer

Hopkins John, Court Farm

Moore Henry, blacksmith

Sheaf Thomas, farmer

Smith Mrs., miller

Stephens William, shopkeeper

Tomes Thomas Bennett, farmer, Marvill

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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