Tardebigge 1855 (with Tutnell and Cobley, Webb Heath and Bentley Pauncefoot

TARDEBIGG is situated 2½ miles E. from Bromsgrove, and contained in 1851 a population of 1621 inhabitants.

The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, is a plain modern building, consisting of nave and chancel, with western tower and spire. On the east wall, at the right of the altar, is a memorial to the late Earl of Plymouth (by Chantrey); and at the opposite side is a carved marble monument to Sir Thomas Cookes, the founder of Worcester College, Oxford, a member of an ancient family once possessing property in this parish. The font was resented by the Bartleet family of Redditch, as a memorial of two members of the family. The living is a Vicarage, in the patronage of Lady H. Clive. Rev. John F. Mackarness, M.A., Vicar; Joseph Cund, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 30 p.m.

EBENEZER CHAPEL, Webb Heath, is a small, neat brick building, erected 1849, supplied by circuit preachers. Service – 3 and 6 p.m.

The SCHOOL, conducted on the national system, was erected and principally supported by Lady H. Clive, and is under Diocesan inspection. Mr. F. Davies, Master; Charlotte Davies, Mistress. Number of boys, 40; girls, 40.


Clive Lady Harriet, Hewell Grange

Harris Mrs. Stony Lane Cottage

Mackarness Rev. John F., M.A., Vicar, Vicarage

Adams John, coal merchant and shopkeeper

Billing Elizabeth, beer retailer, The Elbows

Bladon Edward, park and game keeper to Lady H. Clive

Bradley William, farmer, High House

Buckley Thomas, farmer, Hewell Farm

Dixon Thomas, sen., corn, coal, and lime merchant, Stony Lane

Dixon Thomas, jun., corn, coal, and lime merchant, Stony Lane

Green William, farmer, Brockhill

Hall Thomas, coal and lime merchant, Wharf

Harris Thomas, farmer, Stony Lane

Holder Susannah, farmer, Wheeley Farm

James James, shopkeeper

Mander John, farmer, Blackwell

Markham Isaac, gardener to Lady Harriet Clive

Millward William, farmer, Cherry Tree Hill

Partridge Isaac H., farmer, Dust House

Partridge William, farmer, Cattespoole

Pearman James, farmer, Ox Leasowes

Taylor Samuel, victualler and farmer, Plymouth Arms commercial inn

Turley John, blacksmith

Walford John, farmer, The Grange

Woollaston Francis, farmer, White’s Farm


Emmott Captain William, The Mount

Turner Mr.

Bladon John, farmer, Cobley Hill

Boulton Robert, veterinary surgeon

Cullwick John, farmer, Tutnell Farm; also of the High Barn

Cund Joseph, wheelwright, and Parish Clerk

Howard Thomas, farmer, Cobley Hill

Meason John, farmer, Cobley Hill

Moore John, farmer


Sandford The Venerable Archdeacon, Foxlydiate House

Andrews William, victualler and needle maker, Rose and Crown

Ballard Thomas, shoe maker

Brown Wm., brick maker, and Constable

Buckley Thomas, farmer, Hewell Lane Farm

Cotterill Richard, farmer, Lane House

Harris Esau, shoe maker, butcher, and shopkeeper

Hemming Richard, farmer, Spring Hill

Hick Thomas, carpenter and dairyman

Hunt John, brick maker

Lucas William, saw mills

Perkins John, grocer and provision dealer, Foxlydiate

Rudge William, farmer, Boxnot Farm

Sealey John, coal merchant and beer retailer, Woodman

Thomas Charles, fish-hook maker

Thornton Sarah, dress maker

Walford Susannah, farmer, The Tack

Walford William, farmer, Foxlydiate

Whieldon Benjamin, farmer, Holyoakes

Yarnall William, victualler, Fox and Goose, Foxlydiate


Hemming Richard, Esq., Bentley Manor

Allbutt James, farmer, Lane’s End Farm

Allbutt Thomas, farmer, Lower Bentley

Bennett William and John, farmers

Butler John, farmer, Lower Bentley

Carter Ann, farmer, Upper Bentley

Carter Joseph, farmer

Cotterill Henry, farmer, Pigeon House

Fortnam Thomas, farmer

Gilbert Thomas, farmer, Bentley House

Gould Richard, farmer, Lower Bentley

Green John and William, farmers, Lower Bentley House

Lane John, farmer, Upper Bentley

Millward George, farmer, Lower Bentley

Nash Goodwin, farmer, Webb’s Farm

Place John, farmer and shopkeeper, Upper Bentley

Penrice John, boot and shoe maker, Lower Bentley

Penrice Joseph, Collector of Rates

Penrice Roger, farmer, Lower Bentley

Rudge Richard, farmer, Hatchett’s Farm

Stanton William, farmer, Upper Bentley

Tipping Henry, farmer, Upper Bentley

Tongue John, shoe maker, Upper Bentley

Tongue Samuel, blacksmith, Upper Bentley

Twitty John, shopkeeper, Lower Bentley

Warmington Timothy, farmer, Lower Bentley

Weaver John, farmer, Leasowes Farm

Post Office – William Lee, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 7 a.m.; despatch 8 p.m.

Carriers – To Birmingham, Cund, from house, Tutnell, Thurs., 6 a.m.; Lee, from house, Thurs., 7 a.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

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