Mathon Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Mathon is a large parish, situate at the foot of the Malvern hills, from which place it is distant about 4½ miles. It is a large agricultural parish, on the borders of Herefordshire, with a population, according to the last census, of 824 inhabitants, and an area of 3366 acres.

The Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a very ancient building, exhibiting various styles of architecture. It consists of nave and chancel, with square turreted tower, containing six bells. There are several monuments and tablets to various ancient families who have resided in the neighbourhood. The living is a Vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Rev. Archibald James Douglas, Vicar; Rev. Philip H. Lee, Curate; Mr. Peter James, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small Parochial School, supported by contributions and the children’s payments. Mary Ann Cohen, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 40.


Douglas Rev. Archibald James, Vicar

Lee Rev. P. H., Curate

Vale Rev. William S., Allcourt

Vale Mrs., Allcourt

Archer Samuel, carpenter

Atkin John, tailor

Bennett Thomas, farmer, South End

Calder William, farmer, Old Country Farm

Downing John, farmer, Mathon House

Ecock Joseph, blacksmith

Greaves John, farmer

Holyoake Mrs., farmer, Croft Farm

James Peter, shopkeeper, and Parish Clerk

Jauncey John, farmer, Holling’s Hill

Jauncey Robert, farmer, Church Farm

Johnson Charles, carpenter

Jones Frederick, shoe maker

Pitt Robert, shoe maker

Price George, wheelwright

Price John, wheelwright

Racester Ann, farmer

Racester John, farmer, Mathon Lodge

Rutter Edward, farmer

Saice William, shopkeeper and blacksmith

Shapland John, farmer, Moor End Farm

Smith Robert, farmer, Upper House

South John, farmer, Netherley

Thomas Elisha, shopkeeper

Thomas William, beer retailer, The Case is Altered

Trigg William, victualler, Cliffe’s Arms

Wall William, farmer, Bank Farm

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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