Leigh Parish close to [Cotheridge], but on the southern bank of the river, affords little worthy of notice, except the church, which is dedicated to St. Edburga, and must not be slightly passed over. The Devereux family were formerly great landlords here, and Sir Walter Devereux repaired the ceiling of the chancel, which represented the firmament with the moon and stars, and his motto – “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth forth his handy work” – but by some strange mistake of the painter, the arms of St. Walter were also placed in the centre of the firmament! The church contains many curious monuments of the families of Devereux, Cottes, &c. This parish extends a long way to the westward of the church, and the Mansion-house of Cowleigh, is said to divide the counties of Worcester and Hereford, where, said Mr. Habingdon, “the springs descending from above, delight the senses; a seat for the muses, but better for devotion; for lifted up on high, if you look one way, you see nothing but the hills and the heavens; if the other, you behold a vast prospect of this perishing world, which every instant consumeth.” It now belongs to Edmund Lechmere, Esq.
Source: A Topographical and Historical Description of the County of Worcester, by Mr. Laird. Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and George Cowie and Co. successors to Vernor, Hood, and Sharp, 31, Poultry, London. Printed circa 1814.
Leigh, about seven miles from Worcester, is a large parish, having rich meadows towards the north, adjoining Teme; in which is a place called the Castle, though no traces of any building remains. In its church are several ancient monuments. Southward it extends to Malvern-hills, on whose side lies Cowleigh, which mansion-house separates the counties of Worcester and Hereford. Within this parish is Brannsford and Braces Leigh; the former has a bridge over the Teme, with a snuff-mill adjoining; the latter formerly belonged to the Braces, a family in this county almost from the conquest, from whom it took its name. In 1776 an act of parliament passed for inclosing this parish; but, some difficulties arising in respect of its being within the chase of Malvern, it was not completed till 1778. The church, dedicated to St. Edburgh, has ancient monuments of Sir Walter Devereux and his lady, W. Colles and G. Freke, Esqrs. &.
Source: Universal British Directory 1791
Chocknell, a hamlet in Leigh parish, Worcestershire; 6½ miles WSW of Worcester. It was formerly a parish.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].