Bishampton Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Bishampton is a village and parish, distant 5 ½ miles from Pershore, and 10 from Worcester; it contains 2140 statute acres, and a population of 451 inhabitants.

The Church, dedicated to St. James, is a very old stone building, in the Gothic style of architecture, with a tower of three stages, containing six bells.

The only monument worthy of note is to Colonel John Callows, a lieutenant-governor of Quebec, who died in 1810. the living is a Discharged Vicarage, in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. Rev. Henry Niven, M.A., Vicar; Mr. Moses Ford, Clerk. Service 11 a.m. and 2 30 p.m.

There is a School on the National system, chiefly supported by the Earl of Harrowby, at whose expense the school-room, as well as a house for the mistress, was erected. Average number of scholars, 60.

Charities – The charities of his place are but few, the principal of which are – £150 left by James Clarke, Esq., and £20 by Mrs. Mary Wallbank, the interest of which is annually distributed amongst the poor of the parish.


Clarke Mrs.

Niven Rev. Henry, M.A., Vicar, Vicarage

Ansell Thomas, tailor

Beck John, blacksmith and shopkeeper

Brookes William, wheelwright

Chattaway William, farmer

Cowley Richard, grocer and provision dealer

Curnock John, farmer

Davis George, blacksmith and wheelwright

Dorrell Thomas, farmer

Farley William, shoe maker

Firkins William, farmer

Fletcher John, farmer

Ford Moses, carpenter and Parish Clerk

Ganderton John, tailor and draper

Green John, farmer

Hamblin James, shoe maker

Hemus Miss E., preparatory day and boarding school

Kings Thomas, farmer

Niblett Benjamin, carpenter

Nightingale William R., farmer

Spiers Richard, farmer, Vicarage Farm

Stevens Joseph, farmer, Dean Lodge

Stevens Robert, baker

Tyler John, victualler, The Dolphin

Willetts William, farmer, Singer’s Bush Hall

Woodward Emma, beer retailer, The Dog

Carrier – To Worcester, Noon, Sat., 6 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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