Defford with Besford Littleburys Directory 1905

Distances – 10 miles S.E. of Worcester (8 ½ by rail), 3 S.W. of Pershore, and 5 N.E. of Upton-on-Severn.

Population – In 1901, 566. Acreage, 1682.

Postal Information – Post and Telegraph Office, Edwin Roberts, Sub-Postmaster. Letters arrive from Worcester about 6.15 a.m. and 3.40 p.m.; despatched thereto at 10. 15 a.m. and 6.30 and 7.20 p.m. Telegrams may be sent from this office, and money order and savings bank business transacted. Post town, Worcester. Wall Letter-box, near Railway Station, cleared at 8 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 6.30 p.m. only on Sundays. Wall Letter-box at Besford is cleared at 7.15 a.m. and 6.55 p.m.

Parish Church (St. James’) – Rev. George Swinden, M.A., Vicar of Defford-cum-Besford; Messrs. Edwin Roberts and Simon Onions, Churchwardens; Charles Chambers, Sexton.

Elementary School for Defford and Besford) – Robert Kersley, Master.

Defford and District Working Men’s Institute – The Earl of Coventry, President; John Brooks, Hon. Secretary.

Midland Railway Station – Anthony Swift, Station Master.

Midland Railway Goods Department – M. Spiers & Sons, Carting Agents for the Midland Railway from Defford Station to Pershore.


Ballard George, bailiff

Ballinger C. E., clerk to the parish council

Bowcott John, mkt. gardener, Church villa

Brooks John, Fair view

Butler Jacob, carpenter, Cold comfort

Checketts Major F., Besford

Clark Miss Jessie, dressmaker, &c.

Coney Frederick, Church farm, Besford

Davis John Andrew, coal dealer

Elliott T., farm bailiff, Chestnut cottage

Ewins Alice M. M., furnished apartments, Spring Bank, Defford. Superior furnished apartments, pleasantly situated. Highest references. Good fishing.

Hayward Mrs. Julia, baker, Woodmancote

Hayward William, farmer, Borders farm

Hemus George, farmer, Bourne farm

Holder Mrs.

Hollier Edward, Crown Inn

Jordon Alfred Ormond, Besford court

Kersley Robert, schoolmaster, School house

Lloyd Miss, Chestnut cottage

Onions Simon, J.P., The Old Manor house, Bourne bank

Read Mrs. Susannah, farmer, Defford farm

Revill Mark, farmer

Roberts Burrage, grocer

Roberts Edwin, grocer and baker, Post office

Roper Jos. Hughes, blacksmith & carpenter

Spiers M. & Sons., hay, straw, and coal merchants, carting agents for the Midland Railway, and furniture removers, Railway station (see advt.)

Summers Mrs., beer retailer, The Oak, Woodmancote

Swift Anthony, station master, Railway sta.

Swinden Rev. George. M.A., (vicar of Defford-cum-Besford), The Vicarage

Taylor Mrs. Elizabeth, cider retlr. & farmer

Taylor George, New Inn

Taylor James, The Villa, Woodmancote

Taylor John, mkt. grdnr., Woodmancote fm.

Taylor Mrs. W.

Wadley John, farmer, Millpond

Ward Harry, market gardener

White Mrs. E. A., furnished apartments, Avon Cottage, Defford. Pleasant situation. Excellent accommodation for visitors. Good fishing. Moderate terms.

Willis George, Hayward of the common

Willis John, Railway Inn

Woodward Herbt., frmr., Dudley Charity fm.

Littlebury’s Directory of Worcester & District. Tenth Edition. Printed and Published by Littlebury & Company, The Worcester Press, Worcester. 1905.

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