Pershore is a market town, partly in the parish of St. Andrew and partly in that of Holy Cross, in the upper division of Pershore hundred; 102 miles N.W. by W. from London, 9 S.E. from Worcester, 10 N. by E. from Tewkesbury, between three and four east of the Defford station and the Birmingham and Bristol Railway, between six and seven from the Spetchley station on the same line, and between two and three to the west of the Wolverhampton, Worcester and Oxford Railway, now in progress. The town is seated on the western bank of the Avon, here navigable, and which is crossed by a bridge on the south. The name of the 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, of considerable length, and well paved, is remarkable for its neatness; and the vicinage of it is very pleasant – presenting many charming prospects over a district naturally fertile, and rendered still more beautiful by the labours of the husbandman; while several fine seats contribute to embellish the face of the country – among these, Grooms House [sic] the seat of the Earl of Coventry, and Elmley Park, that of Mrs. Colonel Davies, are conspicuous. The trade of Pershore has suffered a great diminution of late years: the principal branches now consist of Woolstapling and malting, the former being the most considerable. The retail trade of the place is somewhat benefited by the respectable inhabitants of the neighbourhood. There are some good inns in the town, among which the ‘Bell’ ranks high as a most comfortable commercial 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. Pershore is included in the twenty-fifth circuit of county court towns Under the act, passed in 1846, for the recovery of debts to any amount not exceeding £20 – the court is held here monthly. This town returned two burgesses to parliament in the reign of Edward I, since which period the privilege has been discontinued; it is now a polling station at the election of members to represent East Worcestershire.
There are two churches, belonging respectively to the parishes before-mentioned. Saint 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, the Rev. James Chowne is the present incumbent. 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 in held, as a curacy, with the vicarage of Saint Andrew’s, in the same presentation as that living: the Rev. Henry Malpass is the present curate. The Baptists have a place of worship here, and there is a good public school conducted upon the national plan. 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 but indifferently attended. Fairs, Tuesday in Easter-week, June 26th, and the last Tuesday in October, chiefly for horses. The two parishes of Saint Andrew, and Holy Cross contained, in 1831, 4,225 inhabitants, and in 1841, 4,805.
Post Office, High-street, Elizabeth Cubberly, Post Mistress. – Letters from London and nearly all parts of England, and from Scotland and Ireland, arrive every morning at four, and are despatched at a quarter past eight in the evening.
Letters from Worcester and the West of England, arrive every morning at twenty minutes past eight, and are despatched at a quarter past seven in the evening.
Letters from Evesham, Moreton in the Marsh, Broadway and Stowe, arrive every morning at ten minutes before five, and are despatched at a quarter past eight in the evening.
NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY.
Amherst Jeffery, RN. Pershore
Amherst Mrs. Mary, Pershore
Barry Miss Dorothy, Pershore
Baylis Mr. George, Pershore
Bedford John, Esq. Pershore
Bidlake Mrs. Ann, Pershore
Chowne Rev. James, Pershore
Coventry, the Right Honourable Earl of, Croome House
Davies Mrs. Colonel - , Elmey park
Edwards Mr. William, Pershore
Ganderton Mr. George, Pershore
Haddington Mrs. Harriet, Pershore
Handford Charles, Esq Woollashill
Hemming Rev. Benjamin, Pershore
Hudson Richard, Esq. Wick
Hudson Richard, jun. Esq. Wick
Landor Richd. Esq. Birlingham Rectory
Malpass Rev. Henry, Pershore Marriott Mrs. – , Avon Bank
Millington Mrs. Sarah, Pershore
Overbury Rev. Frank, Pershore
Parker Rev. Hubert, Gt. Cumberton
Parker Rev. Wm. Little Cumberton
Perkins Miss MaryAnn, Pershore
Phillips Mr. William, Pershore
Porter the Misses – Birlingham
Roberts Mr. William, Pershore
Stiles Mrs. Mary, Pershore
Todd Mrs. Mary, Pershore
Tutfield Mrs. Elizabeth, Pershore
Wagstaff Mr. Francis, Pershore
Wilson Mr. John, Pershore
Wilson Mrs. Sarah, Pershore
ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS.
Bedford Ann (ladies’ boarding)
Blizard Ann (day)
Bushell Josiah (boarding)
Goodall William (boarding and day)
Haas Augustus (gent’s)
Jukes George (boarding and day)
National School – John Foden, master; Hannah Maria Foden, mistress
Nicholas Ann (boarding)
Tycross Elisabeth (boarding)
Ball & Hudson
Woodward & Wilton (and clerks to the magistrates)
AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS.
Woakes George Henry
BAKERS & FLOUR DEALERS.
BOOKSELLERS, STATIONERS AND PRINTERS.
Pace Charles James
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS.
BRAZIERS AND TINMEN.
CARPENTERS AND JOINERS.
CHEMISTS & DRUGGISTS.
CHINA, GLASS, &C. DEALERS.
Baugh Joseph Baker
FIRE, &C. OFFICE AGENTS.
Atlas, John Loxley
Birmingham, William Goodall
Birmingham District, Alfred Chandler
Farmers’ & General, Geo. Lunn
Norwich Union, William Allen
Phoenix (fire), Benjamin Farley
Provident (life), Robert Warner
Royal Exchange, Francis Allen
GROCERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.
Cross Thos. (and hosier)
INNS AND PUBLIC HOUSES.
Angel, James Robertson
Bell, (commercial and Posting), William Boulter
Black Horse, James Freeman
Chequers, Joseph Badger
Coach & Horses, Joseph Walker
New Inn, Thomas King
Plough, George Hawkes
Quiet Woman, James Elkenton
Ship, James Bannister
Talbot, Elizabeth Gilliam
Three Tuns, Charles Fielding
White Hart, Maria Smith
White Horse, George Haynes
RETAILERS OF BEER.
LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS.
Hick & Woodward
Baugh Jos. Baker
MILLINERS & DRESS MAKERS.
Jackson Mry Ann
PAINTERS, PLUMBERS AND GLAZIERS.
STRAW BONNET MAKER.
Hick & Woodward
Pratt & Rusher
Ganderton & Brs.
Andrew Edmund, sack and rope maker and ironmonger
Baker John, wine and spirit merchant
Blakemore Joseph, stay maker
Bunn Thomas, parish clerk
Clee lot, chair maker
Cooper William, cooper
Corn Samuel, confectioner
County Court, (held monthly) – Benjamin Parham, Esq. judge; Oswald Cheek, clerk: Frederick Bick, bailiff
Doleman Ann, hosier
Farley Benjamin, stamp distributor
Green Charles, veterinary surgeon
Humphries Brothers, machinists
Inland Revenue Office, at the Coach and Horses – John Scott, supervisor
Knight John, gardener
Moore John, plasterer
Pearcewhite Thomas, currier
Police station – Wm. Harris, inspector
Ricketts William, car proprietor
Simmonds Thomas, clog & pattern maker
Taylor Charles, teacher of music
Taylor Edward, rod merchant
Taylor John, land surveyor
Taylor William, coach builder
Wilkshire Frederick, corn dealer
POOR LAW UNION.
Governor – John Taylor
Matron – Maria Taylor
Clerk to the Board of Guardians – William Knott
Relieving Officers – William Wadley and John Harris
REGISTRARS, OF BIRTHS, DEATHS & MARRIAGES.
Superintendent Registrar – Wm. Knott
Registrar of Births and Deaths for Pershore District – William Wadley
“For Peopleton District – John Harris
“For Eckington District District – Edwd. Noond
To London, the Royal Mail (from Worcester), every morning at half-past eight; goes though Oxford.
To Leamington, the Star, from the Coach and Horses, every Monday, Wed. and Fri. at a quarter before twelve noon.
To Worcester, the Royal Mail (from London), calls at the Coach and Horses, every evening at half-past seven – the Oak, from the Bristol Coach Office, every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday morning at nine, and a coach, from the Bell Inn, every Wednesday & Sat.
CONVEYANCE BY RAILWAY.
On the Bristol and Birmingham Line.
The nearest Station is at Defford, three miles and a half W. from Pershore.
A coach, from the Bristol Coach Office, to the station, daily, to meet the trains.
To Evesham, Michael Russell and Samuel Dones , from their houses, Monday and Friday, and John kings, from the New Inn, Monday.
To Upton, Samuel Dones, Thursday.
To Worcester, Michael Russell, John Kings, and Samuel Dones, Wednesday and Saturday, and – Rogers, from the Quiet Woman, Saturday.
Source: Slater’s Directory (Worcestershire Section) 1850