Ribbesford is a very extensive Parish, occupying nearly the whole distance between Bewdley and Stourport. There is no village, and but few farms. The population in 1851 was 311.
Ribbesford Hall, situate near the church, is a delightful mansion, overlooking the river Severn. It was formerly the residence of Lord Herbert, grandson of the celebrated Lord Herbert, of Cherbury; it is now the seat of W. E. Essington, Esq. A weekly market, and a fair on St. Margaret’s day, were granted to this place by Edward I., but they have long since been discontinued.
The Church, dedicated to St. Leonard, is a small, ancient structure, in a retired situation, surrounded by woods. In the churchyard are several gravestones of great antiquity, and in very good preservation. The porch is a very fine specimen of antique stone-work, bearing date 1633. Rev. John Walcott, Rector; Mr. Joseph Stoke, Clerk. Service 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Essington William Essington, Esq., Magistrate, Ribbesford Hall
Bishton William, farmer, Horsehill
Clarke John, farmer, Dimmis Farm
Jones William, farmer, Liveridge
Knowles, Edward, farmer, Park End
Lawley William, Lane’s Farm
Leek William, farmer, Porter’s Farm
Rowley Benjamin, farmer, Brook Side
Wadley Henry, farmer, Coney Green
Wood John, farmer, Park Farm
Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855