Castle Morton (Castlemorton) Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Castle Morton is a chapelry belonging to Longdon, about 5 miles distant from Upton, and contained in 1851 a population of 852 inhabitants.

Castle Morton, although a chapelry as stated above, is designated as a parish, inasmuch as it supports its own poor, and all parochial affairs are kept separate from those of Longdon. There was formerly a castle near the church, adjoining which is a mound, called the “Castle Keep,” surrounded with a moat or ditch, and which is supposed to have been thrown up to protect the church during the civil wars. The Church, dedicated to St. Gregory, is a very ancient structure, in the Gothic style of architecture, with a fine old square tower and spire. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Rev. John Hill, Incumbent; Mr. John Lake, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small National School, erected by a grant from the National Educational Society, and subscriptions. Elizabeth Brown, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 35.

The Charities of this parish amount to about £30 per annum.

DIRECTORY

Hill Rev. John, Incumbent

Allen Charles, farmer, Holly Bush Hill

Beaman Charles, victualler, Feathers

Birchley Mary, farmer, Morton Green

Brewer Charles, farmer, Biddle’s Farm

Bullock John, beer retailer

Clinton Thomas, farmer

Colston James, carpenter, Holly Bed Common

Colston Thomas, farmer

Crump Thomas, farmer

Farmer, Elisha, carrier

Farmer Thomas, farmer, Knott’s Farm

Francis Jonathan, shopkeeper

Gamble John, mason, Druger’s End

Gaze J., farmer

Greenway Hannah, farmer, Hunter’s Hill

Harcourt Sarah, farmer, Morton Green

Hawker William, farmer, Druger’s End

Hill Charles, farmer

Jenkins Joseph, timber dealer

Jeynes William, carpenter and wheelwright, Holly Bed Common

Jones William, farmer, Eight Oaken Hill

Kendrick John, mason

Kendrick William, mason

Lane Alfred, farmer, The Hurst

Lane John R., farmer, Cutler’s Farm

Lane William, farmer

Lane William, miller and farmer

Pingree James, farmer, Holly Bed

Pope Edward, farmer, The Walk

Rogers William, blacksmith

Smith Abigail, farmer, New House

Smith Samuel, carrier, Holly Bed

Smith William, farmer, Fair Oaks

Stephens Philip, beer retailer, Robin Hood

Ward John, farmer, Rough Cast

Warrender John, blacksmith

White Thomas, earthenware dealer, Druger’s End

Carriers – To Worcester, Farmer, Wed. and Sat., 7 a.m., and Smith, Wed. and Sat., 7 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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