Bransford Littleburys Worcester Directory 1879

Bransford, although a chapelry of Leigh, is a separate parish. It supports its own poor, pays its own rates, and has an area of 1,020 acres, of which about half, viz., Brace’s Leigh and the New House farms, belong to Earl Beauchamp, Gilberts and the Hall house to T. H. Little, Esq., a small estate to E. J. Onley, Esq., and the Worfield charity land rented by Mr. H. Mann from the corporation of Worcester. Leigh and Bransford are both privileged to the Worfield exhibitions for the sons of poor persons at the universities. The ancient family of Brace, or De Bracey, gave their name to the manor above mentioned, where is still an interesting old manor-house. Bransford bridge, over the Teme, is about 3 miles and the chapel 4 ½ miles S.W. of Worcester. The parish is in the western division of the county, hundred of Lower Pershore, union and highway district of Martley, petty sessional division of Worcester, county court district of Great Malvern, polling district of Malvern Link, rural deanery of Powick, dioceses and archdeaconry of Worcester. It is assessed to the county rate at £2,648. The population in 1861 was 270; in 1871, 299, with 60 inhabited houses and 75 families or separate occupiers. Earl Beauchamp is lord of the manor. There is fine feeding land in the Temeside meadows; and grain, roots, green crops, hops, apples, and pears are grown. Formerly there was a snuff mill and cloth factory by the Teme, but now there is only a flour mill there. The chapel is a little ancient stone building in a very secluded spot. The register begins at 1767. The Rev. Bernard Henry Sheppard, M.A., rector of Leigh, or his curate, officiates. The national school is under Government inspection; average attendance about 100. The Bransford Road station on the West Midland section of the Great Western railway is in Powick parish.

Postal Regulations. – Letters are received through Worcester. The letter-box (near the school) is cleared at 5.25 p.m. on week-days, and 10.55 a.m. on Sundays. Malvern Link is the nearest money-order and telegraph office. Post town, Worcester.

Chapel-of-Ease. – Rev. Bernard Henry Sheppard, M.A., Rector; Rev. J. W. Chesshire, Curate; Mr. John Newman, Churchwarden.

National School (boys and girls). – Mr. William Joseph Vaudin, Master.

Bransford Road Station (Great Western Railway). – Mr. William Harvey, Station Master.

Steward of the Manor of Bransford. – Francis Parker, Esq., 3 Foregate street, Worcester.


Cazalet Major G. Henry, Bransford court

Chesshire Rev. J. W. (curate of Leigh and Bransford), Suckley road

Onley Edward John, Esq., Bank House

Prattenton Rev. George Deakin Onley, Bank House

Ryder Thomas Bromfield, Vine cottage

Sheppard Rev. Bernard Hy., M.A. (rector of Leigh with Bransford), The Rectory


Busk William, blacksmith, The Hole

Crump John, farmer, Suckley road

Essex William, fmr. & hop grw., Gilberts

Harvey Wm., station master, Railway sta.

Hooper John, boot and shoe maker

Horton William, coal merchant, Railway station; res., Cart house

Madge James, tailor, Suckley road

Mann Henry, farmer, Hole farm

Mann William, parish clerk of Leigh

Mann William, jun., relieving officer and registrar for Leigh district

Morgan John, builder, &c.

Morgan William, builder, &c.

Newman John, fmr. & hop grw., New ho.

Onley Edward John, farmer, hop grower, and landowner, Bank house

Pitt Thomas, Bear and Ragged Staff Inn, near Railway station

Potter Alfred, miller, Bransford mills

Simms Mrs. Charlotte, Fox Inn

Stokes Frederick Scott, farmer and hop grower, Brace’s Leigh

Vaudin Wm., J., master of National schl.

Venmore Mrs. Sarah, shopkpr., Suckley rd.

Williams Charles, farmer, The Hall ho.

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

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