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Eckington, Holy Trinity - 13Eckington is a village and parish on the banks of the Avon, which is here crossed by an ancient stone bridge; is 6 ½ miles N. of Tewkesbury, 4 S.S.W. of Pershore, and 9 S. of Worcester; it has a station on the Birmingham and Bristol branch of the Midland railway; is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Pershore; union, county court district, and petty sessional division of Pershore; polling district of Bredon; annual rateable value, £5,441; area of the parish, 2,260 acres; population in 1861, 748; in 1871, 709, with 167 inhabited houses, and 170 families or separate occupiers. William Hanford Flood, Esq., who is lord of the manor, W. D. Amery, Esq., Messrs. Lucas, Holland, Parish, Gibbs, Smithin, and others, are owners of the soil. The land is chiefly meadow and pasture, with a portion in garden cultivation; and orchards and fruit gardens adorn this pretty village. Eckington is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Pershore; living, a vicarage, value £228, with residence; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster; vicar, Rev. William Ismay, M.A., Emmanuel College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1877. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and square embattled tower containing six bells. It has real and some imitative Norman work; interesting remains of the Decorated period, a cylindrical font, a monument to the Hanford family dated 1616, &c. The earliest register is dated 1678. The national school was erected in 1860 at a cost of £939 for the accommodation of about 120 children. The principal charity belonging to the parish is the interest of £100 left by the late Mr. Joseph Crump to the parish school in 1864. There is also a charity realising about £60 per annum directed to be spent in the repair, &c., of the parish church and bridge. The Baptists have a chapel in the village, built by the late Benjamin Risdon, Esq., of Birlingham, in the year 1840. Woollas Hall, the seat of William Hanford Flood, Esq., J.P., D.L., is about 2 miles S. of the village, and pleasantly situate on the side of Bredon hill. This mansion has been in the possession of the Hanford family since the reign of Elizabeth. A stone in the front bears the date of 1611, but the back part is of a much earlier period. In the spacious hall are some beautiful specimens of antique furniture, portraits of eminent personages, including Prince Rupert, Cromwell, King Charles, &c.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Thomas Hopkins Meakins, Sub-Postmaster. Letters arrive by messenger from Pershore at 8 a.m.; despatched thereto at 4.45 p.m. Money-orders are granted and paid, and post-office savings-bank business transacted. Pershore is the telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (Holy Trinity). – Rev. William Ismay, M.A., Vicar; Messrs. John Parish and Thomas Phipps, Churchwardens; George Lewis, Parish Clerk.

National School (boys and girls). – Mrs. Powell, Mistress.

Baptist Chapel. – Rev. Walter Wheeler, Minister.

Registrar of Births and Deaths and Relieving Officer for Eckington District. – Mr. Alfred White, Woodbine cottage.

Railway Station (Midland). – William Bromage, Station Master.

PRIVATE RESIDENTS.

Flood William Hanford, Esq., J.P., D.L., Woollas hall

Freer Mrs., Manor house

Gibbs Mr. Philip Henry

Godard Mrs.

Holland Mrs.

Hopkins Mr. Wm. Richard, Clytha cot.

Ismay Rev. William, M.A. (vicar), The Vicarage

Jelf The Misses

Key Mr.

Leonard Miss Lucy

Phelps Mr. George

Phipps Thomas, Esq.

Ricketts Mrs. S., Napleton cottage

Wheeler Rev. Walter (Baptist)

AGRICULTURAL & COMMERCIAL.

Bayliss Miss Hannah, shopkeeper

Berwick George, blacksmith

Bromage W., station master, Railway sta.

Brown Edward, farmer

Cooper Mrs., dressmaker

Cooper William, coal merchant, boat owner, &c., Woodbine cottage

Cull Geo., plumber, glazier, and painter

Davis Stephen, farmer, Woollas hill and Lower End farms

Day Henry, horse dealer

Diaper Alfred, market gardener

Diaper Henry, market gardener and beer retailer

Diaper William, market gardener

Driver John, market gardener

Firkins Jos., butcher and market grdnr.

Glanville Henry, market gardener

Glover John, baker, grocer, and draper

Hawker Abel William, market gardener

Hinett – , horse breaker

Holland Joseph, farmer, Eckington fields

James George, coal agent

Jones Chas. and John, market gardeners

Jones James, shopkeeper and beer retailer (Anchor), and farmer

Jones Mrs., draper and dressmaker

Jones William, market gardener

Lewis Charles, boot and shoe maker

Lewis George, parish clerk & bootmaker

Loxley William, horse dlr., Woodbine cot.

Martin Charles, tailor

Meakins Thomas Hopkins, grocer, druggist, and sub-postmaster, Post office

Miles John, grocer, prov. Dlr., & blksmith.

Parish John, farmer, Court close

Peacey Christopher, farmer, Avon cottage

Powell Mrs., schoolmistress, School ho.

Reece Mrs. Elizabeth, Bell Inn, Church street

Roberts Edward, tailor

Shilton Joseph, coal dealer, &c.

Smith Herbert H., cabinet maker and harmonium manufacturer, Church St.

Sutton William, market gardener and farmer

Taylor Job, basket carriage body maker and basket and pot hamper manufacturer

Thornton William Vincent, baker, flour and meal factor, Church street

Wall John, beer retailer

Watson George, Crown Inn

Welsh George, tailor

Welsh – , carpenter and wheelwright

White Alfred, relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths for Eckington district.

White John, market grdnr., Upper end

Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.