Pershore is a market town, partly in the parish of St. Andrew, and partly in that of Holy Cross, in the upper division of the hundred of its name; 102 miles N. W. by W. from London, 9 S.E. from Worcester, and 10 N. by E. from Tewkesbury; situate on the lower road from Worcester to London, and on the western hank of the river Avon, which is here navigable, and is crossed by a bridge on the south. The name of this place has been variously spelt Persore, Pearshore, and, lastly, that which it now retains, 'Pershore:' the appellation is supposed, by Camden, to be derived from Periscoran, in allusion to the numerous pear-trees which at one time grew in its vicinity. The town, which consists chiefly of one street, well paved, and of considerable length, is remarkable for its neatness; and the vicinity of it is very delightful, presenting many pleasing prospects over a country naturally fertile, and which is rendered still more beautiful by the labours of the husbandman; being also ornamented by several seats belonging to distinguished individuals, among which are 'Crome House,' the residence of the Right Hon. the Earl of Coventry; 'Elmley Park,' the seat of Col. T. H. H. Davies, &c. The trade of Pershore has suffared a great diminution of late years: the principal branches now existing are woolstapling and malting, the former being the most considerable: main springs for watches were at one time manufactured here extensively, but at present there is but one person thus employed. The retail trade of the place is somewhat advantaged by the respectability of the neighbourhood, together with its thoroughfare situation; and for the accommodation of travellers there are some good inns, one of which, the 'Angel,' is a respectable posting-house.
The dean and chapter of Worcester are lords of the manor of Benholme, and Sir John Sebright, Bart, possesses the manorial rights of Pershore Old-lands and Pershore New-lands: a court-leet is held for each manor annually, at one of which a constable is appointed. This town returned two burgesses to parliament in the reign of Edward I, since which period the privilege has been discontinued. Under the new Boundary Act (an appendage to the Reform Bill,) Pershore is appointed one of the polling stations at the election of members to represent, in parliament, the eastern division of the county.
The places of worship are, two churches, belonging to the parishes before-mentioned, and a chapel for the baptists. St. Andrew's consists of a choir and south transept, the remains of a noble cruciform church: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the dean and chapter of Worcester, and incumbency of the Rev. John Palmer. The church of the Holy Cross was formerly conventual, having belonged to the abbey, existing here at the time of the dissolution, but of which there are no remains, except the church and the abbey-house: the living is held, as a curacy, with the vicarage of St. Andrew's, in the same presentation as that living: the Rev. John Foley is the present minister. Pershore is said to have been the birth-place of Samuel Butler, author of 'Hudibras,' a celebrated satirical poem. The market, which is held on Tuesday, is very thinly attended: the fairs take place on the Tuesday in Easter-week, the 26th of June, and the last Tuesday in October, chiefly for horses. The whole of the two parishes of St. Andrew and Holy Cross contained, in 1821, 3,892 inhabitants, and in 1831, 4,225; of which last number those parts of the parishes forming the town contained 2,536 persons.
POST OFFICE, High-street, William Giles, Post Master. - Letters from LONDON arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every evening at half-past five.
NOBILITY. GENTRY AND CLERGY.
Amherst Mrs. — , Pershore
Amherst Jeffrey, R. N. Pershore
Bedford John, esq. Abbey house
Burne John, esq. High st
Coventry the Right Hon. Earl of, Croome house
Davies Rev. B. Pershore
Davies Colonel T. H. H. Elmley park
Dineley Rev. George, High st
Fenwick Nicholas Lewis, esq. Besford Court
Foley Rev. John, Pershore
Hanford Charles, esq. Woollashill
Hudson George B. esq. Myrtle
Hudson Henry, esq. Wick
Hudson Richard, esq. Wick house
Hunter John, esq. High st
Keene Rev. Thomas C. Pershore
Landor R. E. esq. Birlingham rectory
Marriott Major-General, Avon bank
Palmer Rev. John, Pershore
Parker Rev. Hubert, Gt. Cumberton
Parker Rev. John, Little Cumberton
Porter Mr. Thomas C. Birlingham
Whitaker Mrs. — , Pershore
Woodward Herbert, esq. High st
ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS.
Bushell J. E. (gentlemen's)
Reynolds Miss E. (ladies' boarding)
Roberts Frances (ladies' boarding)
Roberts William (gentlemen's)
Oldaker Edmund & Charles
Woodward & Wheatley
BAKERS & FLOUR DEALERS.
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS.
CARPENTERS & JOINERS.
CHINA, GLASS & EARTHENWARE DEALERS.
Hunt John (and tanner)
FIRE, &c OFFICE AGENTS.
Atlas, Henry Baker
Norwich Union, Chas. Laugher
Phoenix, Benjamin Farley
Protector, Joseph Martin
Royal Exchange. Rbt. Poole Styles
GROCERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.
Goodall Ralph (and chandler)
Laugher Charles (& druggist)
Martin Joseph (and druggist)
Angel (and posting) William Giles
Bell, William Knight
Coach & Horses, Wm. Workman
LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS
Wagstaff Chas. (& retailer of beer)
MILLINERS & DRESS MAKRS.
Cann Ann and Elizabeth
PLUMBERS & GLAZIERS.
TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.
Cheques, Joseph Badger
Crown and Anchor, Thos. Crook
King's Head, George Howship
New Inn, John Nash
Plough, William Price
Ship, William Stone
Talbot, James Gwilliam
Three Tuns, Thomas Hope
White Hart, William Nash
White Horse, Richard Tomlins
Baker Henry, wine & spirit merchant
Brooks Thos. brazier & tin-plate worker
Champken John, watch main spring makr
Collins Jonas, retailer of beer
Colson Pierre Theodore, teacher of drawing
Crook Thomas, seedsman
Crook Thomas, retailer of beer
Drinkwater Henry, builder
Drinkwater William, auctioneer
Dutfield William, retailer of beer
Edwards Jacques, teacher of French
Farley Benjamin, breeches maker
Holland Richard, whitesmith
Knapman John, hosier
Lane Thomas, retailer of beer
Laughton Mary, stone mason
Lies George, retailer of beer
Lucy Thomas, corn miller
Milton Thomas, coal merchant
Osborne George, tin-plate worker
Pace J. J. bookseller
Russell Mary, confectioner
Simons Thomas, patten maker
Stephens Richard, cooper
Styles Robert Poole, druggist, &c.
Turner William, hat manufacturer
Ward Thomas, weaver
Wilkshire George, corn factor
To LONDON, the Royal Mail (from Worcester) calls at the Coach & Horses Inn, every evening at half-past five — the Sovereign, every morning at half-past seven — and the Telegraph, every after noon at five; all go through Bengworth, Moreton, Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Oxford, &c.
To CHELTENHAM, the Magnet, every Thursday morning about eight; goes through Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
To WORCESTER, the Royal Mail (from London) calls at the Coach and Horses, every morning at eight — the Sovereign, every evening at seven — and the Telegraph, every morning at seven .
To LONDON, J. Bloomfield, from the New Inn, every Tues. Thurs, and Sun.
To EVESHAM, William Dones and Susannah Apperley, every Mon. & Fri.
To LEDBURY & BROOMYARD, John Knapman, every Tuesday.
To UPTON-ON-SEVERN, Wm. Dones, every Thursday.
To WORCESTER, John Goore, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday — and Susannah Apperley and William Dones, every Wednesday and Sarurday.
Source: Pigot and Co's National Commercial Directory 1835.