Strensham is a small village and parish, about 5 miles from Upton, with a population in 1851 of 339 inhabitants.
The village, which is a very pleasant one, is situated between Bredon and Malvern Hills, and was noted for the siege is sustained against the Parliamentary forces during the civil wars, and for the bravery displayed by the lord of the manor, Sir William Russell, who also signalised himself at the famous battle of Worcester. This place is likewise worthy of note as being the birth-place of Samuel Butler, the celebrated author of “Hudibras.” He was born here in 1612, and died in 1680. In the church is a very handsome monument to his memory, erected by John Taylor Esq., with the following inscription:- “This tablet was erected to the memory of Samuel Butler, to transmit for future ages that near this spot was born a man so celebrated. In Westminster Abbey, among the poets of England, his fame is recorded; here, in his native village, in veneration of his talents and genius, this tribute to his memory has been erected by the possessor of the place of his birth, John Taylor, Strensham.”
The church is a very fine old structure, containing nave, chancel, and massive western square tower, in the style of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The tower contains five bells. There are several monuments, tablets, &c., in this edifice, which will repay a visit. Rev. J. W. Grove, D.D., Rector; Mr. Richard Simon, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately with Hill Croome.
The National School is supported by James A. Taylor, Esq. Charlotte Ball, Mistress. Average number of scholars, 40.
Charities – There are nine almshouses, founded and endowed by Sir Francis and Lady Russell, for males and females, who in addition to the house, receive bread, coal, and clothing. The other charities are of small value.
Grove Rev. J. W., D.D., Rector, Rectory
Taylor James Arthur, Esq., Strensham Court
Chamberlain James, farmer
Checketts James, farmer
Cross John, shoe maker
Handy Samuel, Sub-Postmaster, and shopkeeper
Grove Elizabeth, farmer
Lee George, farmer
Lloyd James, beer retailer and shopkeeper
Long Thomas, carrier
Patrick William, farmer, The Lowe
Smith John, farmer, Moat Farm
Smith William, blacksmith
Symonds John, Victualler, Taylor’s Arms
POST OFFICE – Samuel Handy, Sub-Postmaster. Delivery, 10 a.m.; despatch, 4 p.m.
Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855