Worcester St Martin is an Ancient Parish in the city of Worcester in the county of Worcestershire.
Parish church: St Martin
Parish registers begin: 1538
Nonconformists in Worcester St Martin include: Baptist and Countess of Huntingdon Methodist.
A Rectory, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter, situate at the north west angle of the Corn Market, is a brick edifice on a foundation of stone, with rustic corners, door and window cases, a stone pediment and block cornice of the same. This Church, the area of which is 60 feet by 45, began building July, 1768, and opened for service October 11, 1772. The tower, which contains a clock and a set of six bells, is of brick, 70 feet high, strengthened and ornamented with rustic corners and windows, with a balustrade, and pinnacles of free stone. The inside of this Church is fitted up in a very neat manner; the pews are of oak, the pulpit of mahogany, and the altar of cedar, in the centre of which is a glory. In 1812, the west end of the Church. over the doorway into the belfry, received the addition of an organ and gallery extending the width of the Church; the expence of which was defrayed by contributions. Since these improvements have been made, evening lectures are given on Sundays.
On a neat marble Monument on the south side of the Altarpiece is this Inscription — In a vault underneath lies the body of Mrs. Ursula Howman, who died Aug. the 28th, 1775, aged 95. Also Mr. John Howman, who died Dec. 21st, 1756, aged 74. Benjamin Johnson, Esq. who died July 13, 1773, aged 70. And Mary, his Wife, who died 7th of April, 1784, aged 75.
On a very neat marble Monument on the North side the Altarpiece, having the arms of the family in relievo, and an urn covered with drapery on the top— Sacred to the memory of George Wingfield, Esq. of Leopard, who departed this life the 24th day of August, 1785, aged 49 years. An affectionate Husband, and a valuable Friend.
On a table over the south door — Mr. Thomas Moore and his Wife Ann founded an hospital in this parish, for the relief and education of 10 poor children of this parish and City, and endowed it with houses and lands in this parish and City worth above £40 per ann. She at her death appointed £150 for charitable uses; which was disposed of by Sir Robert Berkely as followeth, viz. a rent charge of inheritance of £9. 3s. 4d. per ann. was purchased, and is to be paid to the Churchwardens of this parish at Christmas and Midsummer, by equal portions, and by them to be distributed as follows, viz. upon every New-year’s Day, for ever, 50s. amongst 50 poor people of this parish: upon every Saturday in the year 2s. 6d. to the Governor of the said Hospital, for the better relief of the 10 poor children: and every Christmas Eve 3s. 4d. to the Governor of the said Hospital, to make some extraordinary provision for the 10 poor children’s dinner on Christmas Day.
In the Register of this Parish, which begins in the year 1538, is the following curious entry :
“Mem. that I John Wilkinson, parson of the
“parish Church of St. Martin’s, within the City of
“Worcester, have licensed Thomas Heywood, of
“the said parish, mercer, (being very sick in body,
“for the recovery of his former health, if it shall so
“please God) to eat Flesh for the time of his sick-
“ness, and no longer, according to the effect and
“meaning of the statute in that case provided Anno
“Quinto Domince nostras Reginae Elizabeths nunc
” In witness whereof I the said John Wilkinson,
“have signed this present license with my own
“hand, given the 17th day of Feb. in the 22d year
“of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by
“the Grace of God, of Eugland, France, and Ire-
“land, Queen, defender of the faith, &.c. And also
“the same licence, according to the purport of the
“same statute aforesaid, registered in the Church
“book of the aforesaid parish of St. Martin’s, in the
“25th of the same month aforesaid,
“By me John WIlkInson, parson of St. Martin.
“By me Rowland Bartley, one of the Church-wardens there.”
Source: A Concise history of the city and suburbs of Worcester; W.R. 1816. Printed and published by T. Eaton