Birlingham Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Birlingham is a small, retired village and parish, almost surrounded by the river Avon, in the Upper Division of the Hundred of Pershore, from which place it is distant about 3 miles S.S.W., 6 E. from Upton, 11 S.E. from Worcester, about a mile N.E. from the Eckington station, and about the same distance E. from the Defford station of the Birmingham and Bristol Railway. It contained in 1851 a population of 370 inhabitants, and an area of 1210 statute acres.

There are several delightful residences in this parish, amongst which we may mention the elegant mansion of the Misses Porter; the Court House, occupied by Mrs. E. H. Risdon; and the residence of Mr. Joseph Woodward.

The Church, dedicated to St. James, is a very handsome stone structure, which, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt during the last century. The tower is probably of the eleventh or twelfth century. There are the remains of several Saxon arches in the interior, and the windows in the chancel contain some fine specimens of ancient stained glass. The living is a Rectory. Rev. Robert E. Landor, M.A., Rector; Mr. William Hancocks, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Parochial Schools are supported by the Misses Porter. Miss Hancocks, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 30.

Charities – There are eight Almshouses, endowed by the late Mr. Porter, for poor parishioners of Birlingham. There have been also several sums of money left for the benefit of the poor, which are distributed annually.

DIRECTORY

Landor Rev. Robert E., Rector, Rectory

Porter The Misses Phoebe and Ann, The Mansion

Risdon Mrs. E. H., Court House

Woodward Mrs.

Attwood Abel, shopkeeper

Attwood Esther, shopkeeper

Bradley John, carrier to Worcester

Brotheridge Mrs. S. E., Sub-Postmistress

Butt John, victualler and shopkeeper

Clements Mrs. Sarah, farmer

Dufty William, market gardener

Etheridge James, boot and shoe maker

Goodall James, butcher and farmer

Hancocks William, builder and Parish Clerk

Pitcher Thomas, farmer and gardener; and at Defford

Procter Richard, miller and corn merchant, Nafford Mills

Sherring James, bailiff to Mr. J. Woodward

Skinner William, farmer, Upper End

Smith Francis, beer retailer and market gardener

Smith William, tailor

Smithin Joseph, farmer

Summers Samuel, carpenter and hurdle maker

Turbeville Giles, tailor, Gravelly Hill

Woodward Josh., farmer; and at Badsey

Post Office – Mrs. S. E. Brotheridge, Sub-Postmistress. Arrival, 8 a.m.; despatch, 5 p.m.

Carrier – To Worcester, John Bradley, Sat., 6 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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