Church Lench (with Atch Lench and Sheriff’s Lench) Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Church Lench is a small village and parish, situate about 5 miles from Evesham, and 9 from Worcester, containing in 1851 a population of 224 inhabitants.

Atch Lench is a small hamlet, about half a mile from the village, containing 77 inhabitants in 1851.

Sheriff’s Lench is another small hamlet, adjoining Atch Lench, comprising only a few farms and cottages, with a population, in 1851, of 92 inhabitants.

The Church is a stone building, with nave, chancel, and south aisle. At the western end is a large square tower, and two bells. The building is in the Gothic style of architecture. The chancel has recently been rebuilt, and is very large. The windows are of stained glass, and the centre of the eastern window represents the Crucifixion. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. Rev. Martin Amphlett, M.A., Rector; Mr. John Weston, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small Baptist Chapel at Atch Lench. Rev. Stephen Dunn, Minister. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a Sunday School in the parish, at which about twenty children attend.

DIRECTORY

Amphlett Rev. Martin, M.A., Rector, Rectory

Toveys The Misses, Bank House

Archer Joseph, tailor and beer retailer, Royal Oak

Beasley George, wheelwright and carpenter

Brookes George, wheelwright and carpenter

Bullock John, blacksmith

Corbett Miss E., preparatory day and boarding school

Crosswell William, shopkeeper

Ellison William, shopkeeper

Greening Henry, shoe maker

Moore John, shopkeeper

Tovey John, farmer and maltster

Tovey Thomas, farmer

Tovey William, farmer

Watcham Thomas, Police Officer, Station

Atch Lench

Dunn Rev. Stephen, Baptist Minister, Chapel House

Bomford Joseph, farmer

Bomford Thomas, farmer

Sheriff’s Lench

Smithen Benjamin, farmer, The Manor House

Bomford Joseph, farmer

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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