Pershore Worcestershire – Universal Directory 1791

Is nine miles from Worcester, thirty-five from Birmingham, and 102 from London. It is a neat town on the north side of the Avon, near its junction with the river Bow, being a considerable thoroughfare in the lower road from Worcester to London. It is said to derive its name from the great number of pear-trees which thrive plentifully here. A religious house was founded here in 604, a small part of which now remains, and is used as the parish church of Holy Cross, the whole of which contained above ten acres; the abbey church was 250 feet long and 120 broad. The parish is of great extent, and hath within its limits many manors and chapelries. At present it has only two churches, Holy Cross and All Saints. Holy Cross has a lofty square tower, with right good bells, and a clock; and in the church are several very antique monuments. All Saints is a small church, with a square tower and six bells. – The main street is about three-quarters of a mile long, and in the direct road from London; it contains about 300 houses. Its chief manufacture is for stockings. – Market-day, Thursday; fairs Easter Tuesday, June 26, first Monday in August, and the Tuesday before the 1st of November. – The post comes in at eleven in the morning; and goes out at four in the afternoon.

Purser’s and Waine’s waggons to Worcester Wednesday and Saturday; return the same day. Ditto to Evesham Monday and Friday; return the same day.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:


Batchelor Mr. James

Bennett George, Gent.

Bradshaw Mr. George

Crompton Lady

Cruthers Mr. George

Drew Mr. John

Hackett Mr. Samuel

Hornby Mr.

Hunter Mr.

Langley John, Gent.

Marriott Mr. William

Noatsy Mr. Samuel

Perrin Mr. William

Slater Mr. Robert

Smith Mr. John

Wilson Mr. John


Mogrige Rev. John, Vicar

Smith Rev. John, Anabaptist Minister

Timbrel Rev. John


Burn John, Surgeon

Rackster Martin, Surgeon


Bedford John, Attorney

Best George, Attorney

Howell William, Attorney

Woodward Thomas, Attorney


Adams John, Taylor

Andrews James, Huckster

Andrews Samuel, Flax-dresser

Allcock Plaxton William, Coal-merchant

Ashmad William, Hatter

Baker Joseph, Ironmonger

Ballenger Thomas, Staymaker

Barnes John, Planemaker

Batt John, Farmer

Baugh Joseph, Ironmonger

Baylis John, Hair-dresser

Bell Richard, Shoemaker

Best Thomas, Hair-dresser

Best William, Maltster

Blissit Edward, Mason

Blissit John, Gardener

Blissell Mary, Linen-draper

Bourn George, Plough Inn

Bradstock George, Smith

Bromfield John, Turner

Broomhill Samuel, Linen-draper

Brown Walker, Plumber

Bunn James, Victualler

Burch Thomas, Shoemaker

Bushell William, Builder

Cape Lot, Taylor

Chambers Joseph, Baker

Clee John, Bell Inn

Collins James, Weaver

Collins Robert, Grocer

Cooper George, Staffordshireware-house

Cosnett William, Gardener

Cottrell John, Pig-dealer

Cowell John, King’s Head Inn

Crutch Thomas, Farmer

Cull Henry, Grocer

Duffield Jonathan, Gardener

Dufty John, Gardener

Ederidge Susannah, Grocer

Edwards Thomas, Baker

Farley John, Breeches-maker

Faulkner Thomas, Victualler, (Quiet Woman)

Foster William, Builder

Ganterton William, Wool-stapler

George Miss, Postmistress

Giles John, Angel Inn

Goodhall James, Glazier

Goodhall Ralph, Chandler

Goodhall Thomas, Fellmonger

Grove John, Wool-stapler

Harris James, Shoemaker

Hay Miss, Milliner

Henley – , Baker

Hill – , Brazier

Hope Henry, Grocer

Hope Joseph, Three Tuns Inn

House John, Baker

House William, Baker

Hunter John, Linen-draper

Jew William, Butcher

Lee William, Woolcomber

Linley John, Staymaker

Lorton William, Mason

Loveridge George, Smith

Lyer William, Taylor

Marfield John, Shoemaker

Martin John, Victualler, (Coach and Horses)

Mason George, horse-dealer

Mason Jane, Clothes-shop

Millard William, Sadler

Millington Joseph, Butcher

Nichols Richard, Linen-draper

Nichols Thomas, Taylor

Nixon John, Gardener

Paget William, Joiner

Paine Giles, Vict. (Rose and Crown)

Poole Robert, Springmaker

Prickett – , Shoemaker

Prickett John, Victualler

Prickett William, Butcher

Pugh William, Carpenter

Purser William, New Inn

Reading John, Butcher

Rickard Elizabeth, Gardener

Roberts Thomas, Schoolmaster

Saunders Samuel, Gardener

Shelton John, Hair-dresser

Smith John, Baker

Smith Susannah, Bookseller

Spenser Simon, Horse-dealer

Stevens George, Butcher

Stevens Robert, Cooper

Stiles Thomas, Butcher

Street Henry, Grocer

Taylor Francis, Fisherman

Taylor John, Grocer

Taylor William, Wheelwright and Chandler

Thackwell Richard, Watchmaker

Wade Stephen, Woolstapler

Wagstaff Edward, Baker

Wainer Robert, Watchmaker

Ward Thomas, Weaver

Weshbourne John, Sadler

Weshbourne John, Tea-dealer

Wilson Robert, Tanner

Withers Francis, Huckster

Woodward Francis, Maltster

Woodward John, Farmer

Wright William, Gardener

Excise Office, Angel Inn

Mr. Weeks, Collector

Mr. Smith, Supervisor

Mr. Houston, Officer

Defford is a chapelry to Pershore, eight miles in circuit; wherein are some salt springs. Near it is Coppins-court, which formerly had a magnificent edifice, now razed.

Strensham, is south-west of Pershore, not far from the influx of the Avon into the Severn. Here are an hospital for six poor widows, and a charity-school. This parish contains 2000 acres, and was the birth place of Samuel Butler, author of Hudibras. The church has several fine monuments of the Russel family.

Wolborough or Wadborough, is three miles north-west of Pershore, where the abbots of that monastery had a park. – Walcot is about two miles north-east. – Stowton is to the north-west.

Naunton is north of Pershore, a parish whose church bears evident marks of great antiquity. – Sherriff’s Naunton is a hamlet is the parish of Naunton.

Breedon is a healthy pleasant village near Pershore; the parish, dedicated to St. Giles, contains three chapelries, viz. Norton, Mitton, and Cutsdean; and three hamlets, viz. Westmancot, Kelmesham, and Hardwick; is one of the most valuable rectories in the diocese of Worcester. Here was formerly a monastery. The porch and west end of the church are Saxon buildings, said to have been built by the grandfather of King Offa. To the north-east of it is Brendon-hill, on which is a Roman encampment, with a double ditch; and it boasts one of the finest prospects in the county; on the top is a lofty summer-house, from which may be viewed the cities of Worcester and Gloucester; Cheltenham, &c.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791.

A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Worcester and District, Including Droitwich, Pershore, Evesham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Gloucester, Malvern, Tewkesbury, Hereford, etc. (Ward Lock’s Red Guides) Hardcover – 1952
by None credited (Author)

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