Finstall, Worcestershire

Finstall, originally a chapelry to Stoke Prior, was formed into a new district in 1868.

Parish church: St. Godwald

Nonconformists include:

Historical Descriptions

Finstall Littleburys Directory 1879

Finstall, originally a chapelry to Stoke Prior, was formed into a new district in 1868; it is distant nearly 2 miles E. from the town of Bromsgrove, and had a population in 1871 of 618, with 130 inhabited houses. The Bromsgrove railway station and the works of the Midland Railway Company are in this parish. It is in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Halfshire; union, county court district, polling district, and petty sessional division of Bromsgrove. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor and principal landowners. The soil is clayey, producing wheat, barley, roots, and vegetables. The living is a vicarage in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Droitwich; value, £294; patron, the vicar of Stoke Prior; vicar, Rev. Joseph Henry Bainbrigge, B.A., Wadham College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1869. The church (St. Godwald’s) occupies the site of an ancient cell of the Monastery of Worcester, being described in old books as the “chapel or cell of St. Godwald.” It also possessed the right of burial. The church was rebuilt in 1773 in the plainest manner. There must have been a chapel there, however, from early times, as in an “Ordinatio vicarie de Stoke Prioris,” dated 1390, it is stipulated that the vicar should receive the offerings made there: “Item, percipient oblations factas in capella sancti Godwali.” There is a school for boys and girls. Finstall House, the seat of William Edward Everitt, Esq., J.P., stands in a beautiful park. Rigby Hall is the residence of Robert Smallwood, Esq., J.P., and Grimley Hall, that of Lieut.-Colonel James Baker. (Further details of this parish will be found under the head of Stoke Prior.)

Postal Regulations. – Mrs. Mary Bevan, Sub-Postmistress. Letters are received through Bromsgrove, which is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (St. Godwald’s). – Rev. Joseph Henry Bainbrigge, B.A., Vicar; Messrs. Henry Swinson and John Fetherston, Churchwardens; George Wild, Parish Clerk.

Infant School (mixed). – Miss C. M. Harborne, Mistress.

Bromsgrove Railway Station. – Mr. William Gimson, Station Master.


Allsebrook Mr., Slideslow

Bainbrigge Rev. Joseph Henry, B.A. (vicar), St. Godwald’s

Baker Lieut.-Colonel James, Grimley hall

Everitt Wm. E., Esq., J.P., Finstall house

Martin Mr. Joseph, Aston fields

Penn Miss, Newton

Perkins Mrs. E., The Oakalls

Rogers Miss, Broom house

Smallwood Robert, Esq., J.P., Rigby hall

Swinson Henry, Esq., Cross brooks


Archer Frederick, farm bailiff, Slideslow

Avery W. H., farmer

Bevan Mrs. Mary, sub-postmistress

Bradshaw Wm., railway clerk, Malvern pl.

Brooke William, farmer, Slideslow; res., Bromsgrove

Buckley Mrs. C., shopkeeper, Rose cot.

Clarke William Thomas, family grocer, tea dealer, and provision merchant, agent for the Star life assurance society; Suburban tea stores, Aston house, Railway station (see Bromsgrove advts. page 4)

Cund Jeremiah, wheelwright

Davenport Henry, superintendent of carriage department, Bromsgrove station

Davis Chas., coml.. clerk, Pear-tree villas

Fetherston John, farmer, Finstall farm

Gimson William, station master and goods manager, Bromsgrove railway station

Griffin Miss Jane, Dragoon Inn and Posting House, near Bromsgrove station

Guise Joseph, farmer, Caspage farm

Harvey Mrs., farmer, Grimley

Heath George, farmer, Lower Gambolds

Heydon Thomas, gardener, Finstall vale

Jones Mrs. J., farmer, Stoke court

Newman Mrs. Sarah, draper, hosier, and haberdasher, Perseverance house, Charford road

Owen George, farmer, Broome house; res., Worcester street, Bromsgrove

Partridge John, farmer, Stoke cross

Price Joseph Thomas, Cross Inn

Quinny George, farmer, Finch end

Robinson Samuel, dairyman, Stone house

Russon Joseph, farmer, Warwick hall

Sanders Thos., Half-Way House, and frmr.

Stalvies John, superintendent of locomotive department, Bromsgrove station

Stickley Thos., farmer, Upper Gambolds

Stokes James, blacksmith

Stokes Miss J., ladies’ school, Ford house

Wheelock Henry, colliery agent, Peartree villas

Wild George, parish clerk, Finch end

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