Hanbury Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Hanbury is an extensive and widely-scattered parish and village, situated about 3 miles from Droitwich in an easterly direction, containing in 1851 a population of 1009 inhabitants.

Hanbury Hall was erected about the year 1710, by Councillor Vernon, and is at the present time undergoing very extensive alterations and repairs. It is situated in a well-wooded park, from which the spires of Worcester, and the Bredon and Malvern Hills, are seen to advantage.

The Church is situated on an eminence at the extreme north point of the parish, and consists of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, with western square tower, having embattlements and pinnacles. In the west end of the south aisle is a semicircular-headed window, with a pointed arch, denoting the transition from the late Norman to the early English style of architecture. The north side aisle is of a more recent date than the nave, and the south aisle has the appearance of being the most ancient part of the building. The chancel contains some very elegant marble monuments to the Vernon family. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of T. B. Vernon, Esq. Rev. William Vernon, M.A., Vicar; Miss Smith, Organist; Mr. Henry Grasier, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The charity School – On the table of charities in the church it is stated that the Rev. Richard Vernon, some time Rector here, erected a school-house, and endowed the same with 20s. annually for ever, charged on certain real estates belonging to him, in the county of Worcester; he died in 1627. Thomas Vernon, Esq., of Hanbury, by will dated January 17th, 1711, gave a tenement near the church, with the close and orchard adjoining, the rents to be applied to the maintenance of a schoolmaster. The school property so derived, as well as other charities of the parish, were for many years vested in feoffees or trustees, of whom Edward Bearcroft, Esq., counsellor-at-law, was the last surviving. The house given by Thomas Vernon became very dilapidated and was blown down, in consequence of which there has been no school for many years. Application has been made to the Court of Chancery for the appointment of new trustees, which has been granted, and they have since been appointed, and arrangements are in progress for the erection of a new and commodious school, with a grant for the exchange of site to a much more eligible and central part of the parish, with every probability of its immediate commencement (1855). The building is intended to be in the Gothic and Elizabethan styles of architecture. The funds in hand arising from the charity amount to £215, to which the following handsome donations of the clergy and gentry have been added – Thomas Bowater Vernon, Esq., Hanbury Hall, £300; Edward Bearcroft, Esq., Meer Hall, £150; George C. Vernon, Esq., The Mount, £25; Rev. William Vernon, Rector, £20; with other handsome donations of the parishioners. Mr. John Creswell, Secretary and Treasurer to the trustees for the erection of the school.

Charities – Rev. Richard Vernon, a former Rector, erected the school-house, and left 20s. annually for ever; he died in 1627 – John Derby, gentleman, gave £3 annually to the school forever – Sir John Hanbury, Knight, gave £6 10s. for ever, to be given in bread to the poor – Henry Collier gave certain lands in Bradley, the rents arising therefrom to be given to the poor for ever. – Mrs. Ann Dysan left the rents of some fields in Hallow Field, to be given to the poor. – John Stiverton gave certain lands in Hanbury, out of which £4 10s. to be laid out in clothing annually for the poor. – Madam Mary Bearcroft, 1714, left 44 s. annually for the education of poor children of Hanbury – Thomas Vernon, Esq., Middle Temple, by will, left £200, to apprentice poor children; also a house and close for the schoolmaster for the time being, and £1,000 for the use of the poor of Shrawley and Hanbury.


Bearcroft Miss Frances E., Broughton Court

Bearcroft Edward, Esq., Meer hall

Vernon George Croft, Esq., The Mount

Vernon Thomas Bowater, Esq., Hanbury Hall

Vernon Rev. William, M.A., Rector, Rectory

Appleby Hugh, farmer, The Bank

Aubrey Robert, farmer, Upper Goose Hill

Banks George, farmer, Plump House

Bates Charles, blacksmith

Bates George, blacksmith

Baylis Edward, farmer, Hownings

Baylis Stephen, carpenter, Beck

Beck Embrey, shoe maker

Bourne Mary, victualler, Railway Tavern

Cole George, farmer

Cole James A., shopkeeper and carpenter

Cope John, beer retailer and cooper, Carpenter’s Arms

Cottrill Henry, farmer, Temple Broughton

Creswell John, farmer, brick and tile manufacturer, and High Constable of the Hundred of Upper Halfshire, The Forest; also of Stock Green Farms

Dandy William, shoe maker

Drew Thomas, shoe maker

Evans Joseph, tailor

Ford Charles, farmer, Hill Farm

Ford George, farmer, Hallow Fields

Ford John, farmer, Park Hall

Gilbert Richard, farmer, Stone House

Gilbert William, miller, Stone House

Gore John P., blacksmith

Green William, farmer, Wall House

Haden John, farmer, Wall House

Handy George, farmer, Rectory Farm

Haywood James, farmer, Woodrow

Herbert Thomas Jones, farmer, Hallow Farm

Holyoake Edward, maltster, The Valley

Hunt William, farmer, Hallow Fields

Jennings William, park and game keeper to Thomas B. Vernon, Esq.

Mence Robert, farmer, Astwood

Newman Ann, farmer, Lower Goose Hill

Parry Charles, farmer, Walmer

Partridge John, farmer, Skirgins, and Monk Wood Farms

Philpott James, blacksmith

Pike William, farmer, Little Lodge

Preece James, wheelwright

Reeves Henry, farmer, Hallow Fields

Richards Ann, victualler, Vernon Arms

Saunders Sarah, farmer, Feckenham Lodge

Simpson David, shopkeeper

Smitheringale John, farmer, Hallow Fields

Stanley John, shoe maker

Turner James, beer retailer and shopkeeper

Weaver Daniel, farmer, Old House, and Beck

Wilson John, farmer, Westfield; also of Rouse Lench

Wilson Samuel, farmer, Meer Green

Wyatt Edward, farmer, Ditchford Bank

Wyatt Joseph, farmer, Upper Westfield.

Post Office – J. S. Cole, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 9 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 30 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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