Hallow (with the Hamlets of Broad Heath and Shoulton) Billings Directory 1855

Hallow is very pleasantly situated, about 2½ miles from Worcester, on the road to Tenbury. Mr. Noake in his Rambler says, “the high-road from Worcester, to Hallow and Grimley, forms on of the finest natural terraces to be met with in this part of the country, looking down for several miles upon rich valley of the Severn, and commanding a bird’s-eye view of the city and its approaches;” in which remark we fully concur. The salubrity of this neighbourhood is very fine, the inhabitants living generally to a “ripe” old age.

Hallow Park is a very fine wooded estate, commanding a delightful view of the river Severn; the mansion is now the residence of the Rev. R. B. Bourne.

It appears form a chamber order book of the city of Worcester, bearing date 1575, that Queen Elizabeth chose this spot for hunting purposes, killing two bucks here during her visit to Worcester; on which occasion her Majesty’s horses and geldings, to the number of 1500, were pastured on Pitchcroft, and the local historian of the time observed: “Thanks be to God, amongst the said great number of horses and geldings, not one horse or gelding was eyther stolen, strayed away, or peryshd.”

The church, a neat building, containing nave and chancel, was re-built and enlarged in the year 1830. One half of the sittings are free, being a grant from the Incorporated Society. The eastern chancel window is of handsome painted glass, presented by candidates for holy orders. The monumental remains in the church are few, the principal of which are memorials to the families of Lygon, Hall, and Harrison. There is a railed tomb to the memory of Sir C. Bell, author of one of the Bridgewater Treatises, who was born at Edinburgh, and died at Hallow Park, in 1842. The living is annexed to Grimley. Rev. H. G. Pepys, B.A., Vicar; Rev. R. B. Bourne, M.A., Curate; Rev. H. R. Peel, B.A., Assistant Curate; Mr. John Nutt, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small Chapel of Ease at Broad Heath, in connection with the parish of Hallow, the interior of which is neatly fitted. Service – 3 p.m. The children of the Broad Heath National School respond. The Chapel, now belonging to the denomination of Independents, is a neat brick building, erected in 1831, and has undergone a thorough repair. A Sunday school is attached, which is conducted, as well as the public service, by Christian friends from Worcester. Service – 6 p.m.

The Free School, for the education of the children of Hallow, is endowed with land to the amount of about £100 per annum. It is conducted principally on the national system, and under Diocesan inspection. Mr Richard Bullock, Master; Mrs. Jane Bullock, Mistress. Number of scholars – boys, 60; girls, 50. There is a Sunday school attached, attended by about 120 children.

Several sums of money have been left by benevolent individuals for the benefit of the poor of Hallow, which are dispensed by the proper authorities in accordance with the wishes of the donors.


Barr Mrs. Sophia, Hallow Mount

Bourne Rev. Robert Burr, M.A., Curate, Hallow Park

Peel Rev. Herbert Richard, B.A., Assistant Curate, Melbourne Cottage

Poole Mrs. Ann, Hallow Green

Pepys Rev. Herbert George, B.A., Vicar, Vicarage

Sharp Mr. Lewis

St. John Fleming, Esq., Magistrate, Henwick Grange

Taylor Charles, Esq., Frenchland Villa

Andrews William, miller and farmer, Woodhall Mill

Andrews Thomas, beer retailer, shopkeeper, and blacksmith, Royal Oak

Bark George, farmer, Shoulton

Brasier Samuel, carpenter

Browning Mary, farmer, Peachley

Bucknell John, farmer, Shoulton House

Chambers Richard, shoe maker

Chambers George, shoe maker

Collins William, tailor

Cope James, shopkeeper

Daniel Joseph, farmer, Brick Barn Farm, Broad Heath

Daniel John, beer retailer, Plough, Hallow Green

Dolphin Ann, farmer, New House, Peachley

Dowding John, farmer, Esbury

Farmer Benjamin, miller and farmer, Hallow Mill

Firkins William, farmer, Green Hill

Forty Joseph, builder

Godsall William, farmer, Peachley

Griffiths William, cider seller, Plough, Broad Heath

Hammond Samuel, shoe maker, Rose Cottage

Hill Jonathan, wheelwright and carpenter

Holland William, farmer, Peachley

Hotchkiss Samuel, farmer, Shoulton

Hughes Thomas, wheelwright and carpenter, Peachley

Jones Thomas, baker and shopkeeper

Jones John, shoe maker and shopkeeper

Jones Thomas, shoe maker

Knott Richard, shopkeeper

Lamb Thomas, mason

Lane George, shopkeeper

Layland William, tailor and woollen draper

Lewis Edmund, clerk to the Clerk of the Peace

Loxley James, shoe maker

Marks Susan, victualler, Crown

Marks Frederick, cooper

Merrell Anthony, farmer, Shoulton

Milton Thomas Martin, farmer, The Heath

Minors Daniel, Police Officer, Station

Munn Noel, farmer, The Elms

Nutt John, wheelwright, carpenter, and Parish Clerk

Parry James Prichard, victualler, Bell

Payne Edward, farmer, Well House

Poole Ann, grocer and provision dealer

Povey Thomas, farmer, Broad Heath

Powell James, shopkeeper

Pratt Charles, machine and drill proprietor

Pullen William, solicitor and farmer, Green St, and Worcester

Rastall John, blacksmith

Reynolds Richard, market gardener

Rimell William, farmer, Partridge Farm; also of Cullitors

Robert Josiah, shoe maker

Silvester Thomas L., farmer, The Hill

Silvester Sarah, farmer, The Hill

Sprague William, shopkeeper

Taylor Edmund, farmer, Peachley Court

Taylor Samuel, tailor and woollen draper

Tearne Thomas Edward M., farmer, Park Farm

Tongue Henry, butcher and farmer, Walnut House

Wells James, farmer, Wood Hall

Weston Mary, farmer, Shoulton

Woodward John, baker and shopkeeper

Young Richard, blacksmith

Post Office – Mr. R. Young, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 8 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 30 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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