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Droitwich, an ancient Borough, seven miles from Worcester and 118 from London, is governed by two bailiffs, two Justices, Recorder, &c. and sends two Members to Parliament.

This Borough had privileges and immunities granted by King John, and in the reign of King James the First, the Bailiffs and Burgesses were elected a Body Corporate. By this charter, two Bailiffs we elected annually. Formerly they tried their felons for capital offences, but now only for petty ones. By the court, which is held every Thursday, debts to the amount of £9 19s. may be recovered.

The Salt Works have frequently engaged the attention of the curious. The brine is considered to exceed all other in purity, is entirely free from bittern, and from that light calcerous earth, called scratch, which abounds in most salt springs, and is, perhaps, one of the richest sources of sea salt in the world.

The general process of making salt is by filling a pan with brine (which rises in pits as fresh water), conveyed into it by pumps, when a piece of resin, the size of a pea, is thrown intro it to make it graduate fine. When the brine is boiling, the salt first incrusts at the top, and then subsides to the bottom. After it is subsided, the Wallers, or persons employed in the seals, lade it out with an iron skimmer, and put it into wicker borrows, each containing one bushel, in the form of a sugar loaf, and let them stand at the side of the pan about three hours to drain. Then they drop the salt out of the barrow, and place it in the stove to harden; afterwards it is fit for use. To make a ton of salt, there is generally used from 15 to 16 cwt. of coals.

The market-house, which is situated in the High-street, near St. Andrew’s Church, was built in the year 1628. The weekly market is held on Friday. Here are two fairs annually, viz. – June 19th and December 20th.

The navigation to Droitwich was begun in 1768, and the first load of coal brought by water was in 1771.



Acton Mrs. Widow, St. Andrew’s street

Allen Richard, Post Master and Agent to the Phoenix Insurance Office

Allen Rebecca, Grocer and Druggist

Amphlett Rev. Dr. Dodderhill

Amphlett Mrs. Hill Court

Amphlett Miss, the Steps


Bedford James, Farmer, Berry Hill

Bennett Thomas, Gardener, High street

Bourne Joseph, Vict. and Salt Proprietor, Rising Sun

Bourne John, Vict. Old Fox, the Vines

Bourne William, Hallier, Queen street

Bourne Mary, Widow, High street

Bourne Adam, Brush Maker, High street

Bourne John, Butcher, High street

Bourne John, Carpenter, Towns-end

Bowles George, George Inn

Bray Henry, Solicitor, St. Andrew’s street

Brookbank William, Agent to T. Farley, Esq. Salt Proprietor

Brownell James, Shoe Maker, High street

Brownell William, Shoe Maker, St. Andrew’s street

Burrows John, Vict. Crown Inn, High street


Cattell Joseph, Shoe Maker, Queen street

Chance Sarah, School Mistress, Vines

Cole Daniel, Butcher High street

Cook Richard, Grocer and Tallow Chandler, Queen street

Cope Samuel, Farmer, Whiton

Corbett Richard, Vict. New Rising Sun

Cox William, Excise Officer, High street

Crowther John, Butcher, Hanbury street

Curtler Thomas Gale, Solicitor, High street


Dance John, Castrator, St. Andrew’s street

Davis William, Shoe Maker

Davis George, Cooper, High street

Davis Silvester, Sieve Maker, St. Andrew’s lane

Dews William, Hanbury street

Dugard George, Grocer, Queen street


Edmonds Hannah, Straw Hat Maker, Queen street

Edwards John, Esq.

Edwards John, Vict. White Hart, High street

Emuss John, Salt Proprietor

Emuss John, Butcher, Hanbury street

Excise Office – James Townsend, Supervisor


Fisher Richard, Gent.

Frances Richard, Esq. St. Andrew’s street


Gale Mrs. Gentlewoman, High street

Gorle John, Grocer and Ironmonger, Queen street

Graves John, Blacksmith, St. Andrew’s lane

Greaves Thomas, Owner, Vines

Gurney Job, Baker, High street


Haley Mrs. St. Andrew’s lane

Hall James, sen. Blacksmith, Bromsgrove street

Hall James, jun. Blacksmith, Hanbury street

Hand Mary, Shopkeeper, Bromsgrove street

Harding William, Hallier, High street

Harrell Richard, Excise Officer, Towns-end

Harrison John, Baker, St. Andrew’s street

Healey Mrs. St. Andrew’s lane

Hemming Thomas, Gent.

Hemming Eliz. Plumber and glazier, St. Andrew’s st

Higgens John, Excise Officer, Towns-end

Horsley James, Linen and Woollen Draper, Queen street

Hunt Edward, Clerk of St. Andrews, High street


Jaques Rev. Jonathan, St. Andrew’s street

James Edward, Bricklayer, Stainer’s Court

Jeffreys, Edward, Vict. Barley Mow, Hanbury street

Jones John, Surgeon, Queen street

Jones John, Mason, Towns-end


Knight John, Dealer in Staffordshire Ware, Hanbury street

Knight Stephen, Butcher High street

Kynaston John, Saddler, High street

Kyrwood Miss, Gentlewoman, Towns-end


Langford Henry, Vict. Prince of Wales, Hanbury st

Langford Richard, Gent. Towns-end

Langford Thomas, Carrier to Worcester

Lawrence William, Wheelwright, Hanbury street

Leek Jeremiah, Mason, Towns-end

Lees John, Carpenter, High street

Lees John, Shoe Maker, Hanbury street

Loughton George, Schoolmaster, Bromsgrove street


Manton John, Blacksmith, Bromsgrove street

Mason Charles, Clerk of Excise, High street

Martin William, Wheelwright, Bromsgrove street

Morgan David, Excise Officer, Towns-end

Moule Eliz. Shopkeeper. Hanbury street

Moule Hannah, Shopkeeper, High street

Munn John, Hallier, Towns-end

Musgrove Joseph, Navigator, Towns-end


Nash Charlotte, Baker and Maltster

Nash John, Farmer, near Droitwich

Nichols Samuel, Tailor, Queen street

Nind William, Corn Factor, High street

Noak John, Shoe Maker, High street

Noak Walter Whitesmith, Vines

Noke Charles, Pan Smith, High street

Norbury Charles, Esq. Solicitor

Norbury Mrs. Gentlewoman

Norris William, Shopkeeper, High street


Onion John, Tailor, High street

Onion toward, Tailor, High street

Onion Edward, Hair Dresser, Hanbury street


Palmer William, Watch Maker, High street

Pardoe Philip, Joiner, Towns-end

Partridge Samuel, Gardener and Seedsman, High st

Partridge Susannah, Vict. Wheatsheaf High street

Partridge Thomas, Barrow Maker, Vines

Peace William, Plumber and Glazier, High street

Pearce Joseph, Jeweller, Queen street

Pearson Richard, Skinner, Towns-end

Pendrice E. B. Esq. Towns-end

Perkins Thomas, Miller, Town Mill

Perry John, Vict. Hole in the Wall, Bromsgrove street

Phillips Mrs. Gentlewoman, Queen street

Pickering John, Esq. Bailiff of the Borough

Presdee Eliz. Hanbury street

Preston Mrs. Gentlewoman, Queen street

Price William, Carpenter, Whiton

Priddy John, Baker, High street

Priddy Thomas, Auctioneer, High street

Priddy James, Bricklayer, Stainer’s Court

Priddy Mrs. Widow, Towns-end

Pugh John, Golden Cross, Towns-end

Pumphrey Mary, Draper, Queen street

Pumphrey Philip, Queen street

Pumphrey William, Queen street


Read Mrs. Widow, High street

Reynolds William, Baker, High street

Richards Francis, Gent. St. Andrew’s lane

Richards Rev. George, High street

Ricketts Martin, Surgeon, St. Andrew’s lane

Ricketts Mrs. Gentlewoman, St. Andrew’s lane

Robbins William, Worcester Carrier

Robins Thomas, Star and Garter, High street

Robison John, Solicitor, Queen street


Skinner John, Towns-end

Smith William, Tanner, Queen street

Smith Edward, Baker, Queen street

Smith Thomas, Shoe Maker, Hanbury street

Smith John, Maltster, High street

Smith Richard, Butcher, High street

Smith and Millichap Mesdms. Seminary, High street

Smith Richard, Chawson

Smith Edward, Maltster, Worcester Road

Smith Richard, jun. Farmer, Whiton

Smith John, Pig Dealer, Vines

Smith William, Excise Officer, St. Andrew’s street

Smith Philip, Shoe Maker, St. Andrew’s street

Smith Catherine, Widow, Queen street

Stamp Office, Mr. Gorle’s, Queen street


Taylor Ann, Tanner, Hanbury street

Taylor Joseph, Farrier, High street

Taylor George, Cooper, St. Andrew’s street

Teft Mrs. Widow, Towns-end

Tolley Joseph, Worsted Manuf. High street

Tomkins Gregory, Esq. Collector of Excise

Toms Samuel, Agent to Messrs. Stuckley & Co. Salt Proprietors

Townshend William, St. Andrew’s street

Trehearn William, Currier, High street

Trehearn Andrew, Gent. Worcester Road

Trehearne James, Linen Draper and Man’s Mercer, Bromsgrove street


Wakeman Richard, Grocer, &c. Queen street

Wall George, Agent to Thomas Farley, Esq.

Wedgebarrow George, Ironmonger, Queen street

Wheeler John, Blacksmith, St. Andrew’s street

Wheeler William, Shoe Maker, Queen street

Williams Thomas, Currier, Queen street

Williams John, Glazier, Queen street

Williams – Vict. Talbot, High street

Williams Mary, Gentlewoman, Towns-end

Williams Henry, Mason, Queen street

Wilson Matthew, Farmer, Oakley

Wood William, Vict. Old Cock, Towns-end

Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Droitwich The Way We Were

David Hale (Director) Rated: Exempt Format: DVD

The Droitwich Guardian and the Bromsgrove Messenger have been reporting on events in Droitwich for more than 150 years and a look into their archives provides a unique insight into life in the town in times past and gives us an opportunity to look back at the way we were.