Upton Warren Worcestershire Littleburys Directory 1879

Upton Warren is a parish and village distant 2¾ miles S.W. of Bromsgrove, 3¼ of Droitwich, 10 N.E. of Worcester, and 1½ W. of Stoke Works station on the Midland railway; is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Halfshire; poor-law union and county court district of Droitwich; petty sessional division and polling district of Bromsgrove; annual rateable value, £4,749; area of parish, 2,603 acres; population in 1861, 338; in 1871, 369, with 74 inhabited houses and 86 families or separate occupiers. The Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot is lord of the manor, and Lord Edmund Talbot is owner of about four-fifths of the parish. Harry Foley Vernon, Esq., is also a landowner here. The soil is clayey; chief produce, wheat, barley, oats, turnips, peas, beans, and pasture. The Warren brook runs through the parish. Upton Warren is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Droitwich; living, a rectory, value £749, with residence; patron, the Earl of Shrewsbury; rector, Rev. Francis Bodfield Hooper, B.A., late Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, who was instituted in 1836. The church of St. Michael was rebuilt in the last century, except the tower, which is the most ancient portion of the original building, being of the twelfth century; it consists of chancel, nave, embattled tower, with low spire, and three bells. The parish registers begin with the year 1604. There is a parochial school for boys and girls, with an average attendance of 40. The proceeds of Lacey’s and other charities are duly applied. Saunders’s gift, value £10 yearly, is to apprentice a boy of this parish. A few of the inhabitants are employed at Stoke salt works.

POSTAL REGULATIONS. – Letters arrive by messenger from Bromsgrove at 8.45 a.m.; despatched thereto at 6.0 p.m. Bromsgrove is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (St. Michael’s). – Rev. Francis John Bodfield Hooper, B.A., Rector; Messrs. John Gibbs and William Boulton, Churchwardens; William Butler, Parish Clerk.

Parochial School (mixed). – Miss Brocklebank, Mistress.


Hooper Rev. Francis John Bodfield, B.A. (rector), The Rectory

Horton John Robeson, Esq., The Oaklands

Jones Mr. Joseph, Park hall

Jones The Misses, Abberley house


Bennett Mr., farmer, The Grange

Boulton Wm., farmer, The Moors farm

Brocklebank Miss, schoolmistress

Colley George, gamekeeper, Poislands

Cook Richard, carpenter and shopkeeper

Crump Henry, basket maker, Woodcote

Dodd James, wheelwright, Woodcote

Dunn John, farmer, Durrance

Edwards John, farmer, Hill farm

Evans Edward, farmer, The Grange

Evans Thomas, farmer, Durrance

Floyd Charles, blacksmith

Frances William, farmer, Warridge lodge

Gibbs John, farmer, Village farm

Goddard Samuel, farmer, Woodcote

Griffin Thomas, carpenter, &c., Cooksey

Holden William, Swan Inn, and miller, Upton Warren mill

Jones The Misses, ladies’ boarding-school, Abberley house

Lees John, farmer, New house and Cooksey farm

Morgan William, farmer, Signal fields

Norton Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer and miller, Badgecourt

Partridge Joseph, farmer, and brick and tile manufacturer, Rising Bridge house

Perrins Solomon, farmer, Lake farm (and in Bromsgrove parish)

Perrins William, farmer and assistant overseer, Cooksey

Taylor William, farmer, Woodcote

Thomas Charles, boot and shoe maker

Twigg John, shopkeeper, Cooksey

Wardell James, farmer, Durrance

Watkins John, farmer, Cordwell farm

Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.

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