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. 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. Source: Slater’s Directory (Worcestershire Section) 1850
Market, Tuesday. Fairs, Tuesday in Easter-week, June 26th, and the last Tuesday in October, chiefly for horses.
Industry: Woolstapling and agricultural implements, stockings.
Parish churches: Pershore St Andrew and Pershore Holy Cross
Parish registers begin: Pershore St Andrew with Pershore Holy Cross, 1641; Pershore Holy Cross, 1540
The parishes of St Andrew and Holy Cross also include: Pensham, Walcot cum Membris, Wadborough and Drakes Broughton.
Chapelries: Bricklehampton and Pinvin
Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.
Pershore. market town with ry. sta., G. W. R. , Worcestershire, on river Avon, 8miles SE. of Worcester; P.O., T.O. Market day, Tuesday. Pershore is a well built town, and occupies a beautiful situation amidst picturesque scenery. It dates from a remote period - a monastery was founded here in 689. Its principal feature is the church of Holy Cross, which consists of the transept and chancel of the old abbey. Agricultural implement making is an industry. Large quantities of fruit and vegetables are cultivated in the neighbourhood for Birmingham and other towns. In addition to the weekly market, P. has several fairs for cattle, horses, sheep, &c.
Pershore St. Andrew and Pershore Holy Cross, 2 pars., Worcestershire (containing Pershore town) - St. Andrew, 1543 ac, pop. 858; Holy Cross, 4594 ac.. pop. 2490. Source: John Bartholomew’s Gazetteer of the British Isles 1904
Pershore, a market and post town of England, in Worcestershire, on the Avon, 9 miles S. E. from Worcester. It was once famed for its abbey, of which there are now but few vestiges. It contains two churches, one of which, known by the name of the Holy Cross, is part of a church that was attached to an old abbey of that name. This building was restored and beautified in 1864. Manf. Woolstapling and agricultural implements. Mar. D. Tues. Pop. 2905. It is a telegraph station, and a station on the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton branch of the Great Western Railway. Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London
Pershore, co. Worcester.
London 106 m. NW b W. Pop. of St. Andrew 1963. Of Holy Cross 1929. M. D. Tues. Fairs, Easter-Tues.; June 26; and last Tues. in Oct.; for cattle and horses.
A market-town in the hundred of the same name, containing the parishes of St. Andrew and Holy Cross, advantageously and beautifully situated on the western bank of the Avon, which is here navigable. It is said to have derived its name from the great number of pear trees in its vicinity. The town is handsome, well built and paved; and contains many very respectable, and some handsome residences and formerly sent members to Parliament. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the stocking manufactory. The living of St. Andrew is a vicarage, and that of Holy Cross a curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester; the former valued in K. B. 8l. 19s. 2d., and the latter not in charge; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church of St. Andrew is a small structure, with a square tower containing six bells. The church of Holy Cross has a lofty square tower, containing eight bells; and in the building are several ancient monuments. Here was formerly an extensive abbey of Benedictine monks, but by whom founded is uncertain, many vestiges of it, however, still remain, particularly a large portion of the original church, which appears to have been very handsome. The petty sessions are holden here.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. III; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.
Pershore – a market town, standing on the northern bank of the river Avon, comprising two parishes, St. Andrew’s and Holy Cross, in the hundred of Pershore, upper division; containing 487 inhabited houses. The principal street is nearly three quarters of a mile in length, in which are a considerable number of handsome houses; the footway has recently been paved with flag-stones, which has given a uniform and respectable appearance to the place, far superior to most other country towns.
Pershore had formerly a stately monastery, founded by Oswald, nephew of Ethelbert, King of Mercia, in 689, according to Tanner; but Leland asserts, that Egelward, Duke of Dorset, was its first founder. It afterwards became an abbey of Benedictine monks, of which little now remains except the tower and southern part of the church of Holy Cross, which formerly was 250 feet in length, and 120 in breadth. The part now remaining is kept in very neat order; it has a lofty arched ceiling, ribbed and groined, which gives it an appearance of elegance and grandeur. The church of St. Andrew stands nearly contiguous, and has a small tower, with a good ring of six bells.
The only manufacture carried on in Pershore is in the article of stockings, and that is very limited. Here are a number of market gardeners, who supply Worcester and other markets with all kinds of vegetables, at a very reasonable rate. This town sent members to parliament in the reign of Edward the First, but has returned none since that period. The market is on Tuesday: fairs, Easter Tuesday, June 26th, 1st Monday in August, and the Tuesday before All Saints. The great fair has usually been kept in the churchyard, in defiance of the magistrates, who have used every endeavour to prevent it, but without effect. St. Andrew’s is a vicarage, with the chapels of Holy-Cross, Besford, Bricklehampton, and Defford annexed; Rev. William Probyn, incumbent; instituted 1797; in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Population, 1801, 1910 – 1811, 2090 – 1821, 2328.
Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.
The parish of Holy Cross, Pershore included Wadborough and Walcot cum Membris and the northern and western parts of the town of Pershore and stretched north-west to Kempsey and Pirton. The chapel of St. Barnabas at Drakes Broughton was a chapel of ease to Holy Cross Pershore. Pershore Abbey is The Church of the Holy Cross.
Pershore (Holy-Cross), adjoining Pershore (St Andrew). P. 2446 Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850
Holy Cross, co. Worcester.
P. T. Worcester (111) adjacent. Pop. 1929.
A township and chapelry in the parish of St. Andrew, Worcester, and upper divison of the hundred of Pershore; living, a curacy subordinate to the vicarage of St. Andrew.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.
The parish of St. Andrew, Pershore includes Pensham and the southern part of the town of Pershore, taking in Bridge Street and part of High Street. The parish also included the chapelries of Bricklehampton and Pinvin and the now separate parishes of Defford and Wick.
Pershore (St. Andrew), 103 miles W. London. Market, Tuesday. P. 2359 Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850
Pensham, a hamlet in Pershore St. Andrew parish, Worcester; on the river Avon, 1 ½ mile SW of Pershore. Real property, £1,576; of which £12 are in fisheries. Pop., 106. Houses, 20. Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72]
Pensham – a small village, nearly surrounded by the river Avon, 1 mile S. from Pershore; containing 18 inhabited houses. Population, 1801, no return – 1811, no return – 1821, 95. Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.
Abbottswood, a small hamlet in the parish of Pershore, hundred of Pershore, Worcester, 107 miles from London.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.
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 an 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.
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
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)
Woakes George Henry
Pace Charles James
Baugh Joseph Baker
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
Cross Thos. (and hosier)
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
Hick & Woodward
Baugh Jos. Baker
Jackson Mry Ann
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
Governor – John Taylor
Matron – Maria Taylor
Clerk to the Board of Guardians – William Knott
Relieving Officers – William Wadley and John Harris
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.
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
Pershore, a market town, consisting of two parishes, Saint Andrews and Holy Cross, 9 miles from Worcester, 9 ½ from Tewkesbury, and 103 from London, near the junction of the river Avon with the Bow, containing about 400 houses and 2000 inhabitants; the main street is near three quarters of a mile long and a considerable sum of money has been collected for paving the footway with flag stones, which will be a considerable improvement to the town. The parish is of great extent, having several manors and chapelries within its limits. In the reign of Edward the 1st this town sent 2 members of parliament, but never since. The church of Holy Cross contains several ancient monuments, it has a square tower with 8 bells, and is a curacy to St. Andrews, which is small and has a square tower with 6 bells. Here was formerly an extensive abbey of Benedictine Monks. The Market is on Tuesday, and the Fairs Easter Tuesday, June 26th, first Monday in August and the Tuesday before the 1st of November. The great Fair has usually been held in the church-yard, but we understand the Magistracy are determined to prevent a recurrence of a practice so disgraceful.
Aldington James, Gent. Bridge street
Amphlett William, Farmer
Anderson William, Gent. Bridge street
Andrews Robert, Bacon Factor, Newland street
Andrews Mrs. Schoolmistress, High street
Andrews Samuel, Gardener, Newland street
Andrews E. gardener, Newland street
Baker Robert, Surgeon, Broad street
Baker Henry, Liquor Merchant, Bridge street
Baker Ann, Gentlewoman, Broad street
Baker Sarah, Currier, Bridge street
Bannister James, Vict. Bell Inn, High street
Barnbrook Miss. Ladies Seminary, Broad street
Barry Rebecca, Gentlewoman, Bridge street
Baugh Joseph, Ironmonger, High street
Baugh Timothy, Fishmonger, Bridge street
Baylis John, Hair Dresser, High street
Bedford John, Solicitor, Broad street
Bennett Jane, Gentlewoman, High street
Bidlake Charles, Druggist, Bridge street
Blizard John, Ironmonger & Builder, Bridge street
Blizard Susannah, Straw Bonnet Maker, Bridge street
Blizard Stephen, Gardener, Newland street
Bomford William, Pig Dealer, High street
Bomford John, Pig Dealer
Bomford Bentley, Pig Dealer, High street
Bourne Mary Mrs. Priss lane
Bradflock John, Blacksmith, Broad street
Bromfield J. D. Gent. Bridge street
Brookes Thomas, Brazier, Broad street
Bromall Thomas, Tailor, Bridge street
Brown Walter Gent. Bridge street
Bullock Edward, Vict. Quiet Woman, High street
Bunn Richard, Boot and Shoe Maker, High street
Bunn – Vict. White Horse, Church street
Bunn James, Gardener, Church street
Burn John, Surgeon, High street
Chambers Joseph, Baker, High street
Clee William, Gent. Bridge street
Clee James, Auctioneer, Broad street
Cole Thomas, Gardener, Newland street
Collett G. Vict. Ship and Punch Bowl, High street
Collins Mary, Vict. New Inn, High street
Coombs James, Bricklayer, Broad street
Crook William, Gardener, Church street
Crook Mary, Gardener, Newland street
Cross Thomas, Woolstapler, Bridge street
Cross Richard, Schoolmaster, High street
Davis David, Draper, High street
Day J. Millwright, Broad street
Dayton Mary, Gentlewoman, Bridge street
Deacons Charles, Shoe Maker, Broad street
Dinely Rev. George, High street
Dinely Francis, Solicitor, Bridge street
Done William, Worcester Carrier, High street
Doughty John, Shopkeeper, High street
Drew Mrs. Gentlewoman, Broad street
Dudfield Thomas, Mercer and Draper, High st
Dudfield Jonathan, Gardener, Newland street
Dufty William Worcester Carrier, Priss lane
Dufty Richard, Gardener, Newland street
Dufty William, Gardener, Priss lane
Edwards Thomas, Baker, High street
Evans Miss, Gentlewoman, Bridge street
Evans Mrs. Gentlewoman, Broad street
Evans H. Butcher, High street
Farley Benjamin, Breeches Maker, Broad street
Farley William, Breeches Maker, Bridge street
Farley Joseph, Shoemaker, Broad street
Farley John, Basket Maker, Bridge street
Foster William, Butcher, Bridge street
Foster James, Gardener, Priss lane
Franklin John, Rope, Bag, and Twine Manufacturer, Bridge street
Ganderton R. Woolstapler
Ganderton Thomas, Woolstapler, High street
Ganderton J. L. Glazier, Bridge street
George Edward, Gent. Bridge street
Giles Sarah, Vict. Angel Inn, Bridge street
Glazebrook Thomas, Saddler, High street
Goodall William, Woolstapler, High street
Goodall Ralph, Grocer and Chandler, High street
Goodall James, Plumber and Glazier, High street
Goodall Thomas, Plumber and Glazier, Bridge street
Goodall Richard, Baker, Corn Factor, and Maltster, Bridge street
Goodall Edward, Skinner
Grant Jeremiah, Exciseman, High street
Gray John, Vict. Coach and Horses, Bridge street
Green George, Butcher, Church street
Green John, Baker, High street
Gwillam James, Vict. Talbot, Broad street
Hackett Samuel, Gent. Bridge street
Haines John, Gardener, Newland street
Hamhurst General, Broad street
Hammerton Mrs. Gentlewoman, Broad street
Handley William, Baker, High street
Harding Henry, Gent. Bridge street
Harley George, Carpenter and Wheelwright, Bridge street
Harley Edward, Shopkeeper, High street
Harris James, Butcher, Newland street
Hatch John, Auctioneer, Bridge street
Hatch William, Butcher High street
Hemming John, Draper, Bridge street
Hemming John, Tailor, High street
Holland Thomas, Gent. Broad street
Hope Thomas, Vict. Three Tuns, Bridge street
Hopkins John, Stocking Weaver, Priss lane
Hooper Edward, Boot and Shoe Maker, High st
Hooper George, Butcher, High street
Hudson Richard, Gent.
Hunt John, Tanner, High street
Hunter John, Gent. Bank, Bridge street
Hunter Thomas, Draper, Bridge street
Kings William, Vict. Chequers, High street
Kings James, Gardener, Newland street
Laight John, Butcher. , Bridge street
Laugher Charles, Druggist & Grocer, Bridge st
Laughton Mary, Stone Mason, Bridge street
Lloyd Edward, Carpenter and Joiner, Bridge st
Lloyd Thomas, Wyre Mill
Mac Alester Richard, Draper and Tea Dealer, High street
Martin Joseph, Grocer and Chandler, Bridge st.
Mason George, Horse Dealer, Bridge street
Melen Henry, Grocer, High street
Meredith John, Butcher, High street
Millington Mr. Gent. Priss lane
Millward Henry, Saddler, Bridge street
Milton William, Sen. Coal Dealer, Bridge st.
Milton William, Barge Owner, Bridge street
Mogridge Mrs. Broad street
Nash John, Vict. King’s Head, Bridge street
Nash John, Hair Dresser, Bridge street
Oldaker Edmund Wells, Solicitor, Broad street
Oldaker Mrs. Gentlewoman, Broad street
Oldaker Francis, Miller, Bridge street
Partridge William, Watch Spring Maker, High st
Phillips William, Boot and Shoe Maker, High st
Pool Mary, Gentlewoman, Bridge street
Probyn Rev. William, Bridge street
Pugh William, Joiner and Ironmonger, High st.
Racster John, Surgeon, Bridge street
Roberts William, Ironmonger and Maltster, Bridge street
Roberts Elizabeth, Draper
Russell Thomas, Saddler, Bridge street
Sheppard Rev. J. L. Vicarage House
Smith Mary, Milliner, Bridge street
Stephens Samuel, Joiner, Bridge street
Stephens John, Butcher, Bridge street
Stephens Robert, Cooper, Bridge street
Squires William, Vict. White Hart, Newland st.
Taylor William, Sen. Wheelwright, High street
Taylor William, Grocer & Wheelwright, High st
Taylor Francis, Fishmonger, Bridge street
Tidmarsh William, Baker, Bridge street
Tomlins Richard, Plough Inn, High street
Tovey John, Gent. Bridge street
Toney John, Shopkeeper, Broad street
Tyler William, Boot and Shoe Maker, Bridge st
Wagstaff Charles, Butcher, Newland street
Ward Thomas, Sen. Weaver and Corn Dealer, High street
Ward Thomas, jun. Weaver and Shopkeeper
Warner Robert, Watchmaker, Bridge street
Waters Rev. Mr. Bridge street
White Thomas, Shoemaker, Bridge street
Whitford William, Hair Dresser, High street
Wild Lester, Barge Owner, Bridge street
Wilson John, High street
Woodward Herbert, Solicitor, Bridge street
Woolley Mrs. Gentlewoman, Bridge street
Workman John, Gent. High street
Workman Joseph, Butcher, Broad street
Workman William, Butcher, Church street
Workman H. Butcher, High street
Wright John, Gardener, Newland street
From Different Inns.
FROM THE ANGEL INN.
London – Coach every Morning at six
Worcester – ditto every Evening at eight.
FROM THE COACH AND HORSES INN.
London – Coach every Morning at six.
Worcester – ditto every Evening at nine.
London – Mail every Evening at four.
Worcester – ditto every Morning at ten.
FROM THE BELL INN.
London – Coach every Afternoon, at half-past two
Worcester – ditto every Morning at eight
Done’s Waggons to Worcester, &c. twice a week
Dufty’s Ditto, ditto
Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.
Is nine miles from Worcester, thirty-five from Birmingham, and 102 from London. It is a neat town on the north side of the Avon, near its junction with the river Bow, being a considerable thoroughfare in the lower road from Worcester to London. It is said to derive its name from the great number of pear-trees which thrive plentifully here. A religious house was founded here in 604, a small part of which now remains, and is used as the parish church of Holy Cross, the whole of which contained above ten acres; the abbey church was 250 feet long and 120 broad. The parish is of great extent, and hath within its limits many manors and chapelries. At present it has only two churches, Holy Cross and All Saints. Holy Cross has a lofty square tower, with right good bells, and a clock; and in the church are several very antique monuments. All Saints is a small church, with a square tower and six bells. – The main street is about three-quarters of a mile long, and in the direct road from London; it contains about 300 houses. Its chief manufacture is for stockings. – Market-day, Thursday; fairs Easter Tuesday, June 26, first Monday in August, and the Tuesday before the 1st of November. – The post comes in at eleven in the morning; and goes out at four in the afternoon.
Purser’s and Waine’s waggons to Worcester Wednesday and Saturday; return the same day. Ditto to Evesham Monday and Friday; return the same day.
The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:
Batchelor Mr. James
Bennett George, Gent.
Bradshaw Mr. George
Cruthers Mr. George
Drew Mr. John
Hackett Mr. Samuel
Langley John, Gent.
Marriott Mr. William
Noatsy Mr. Samuel
Perrin Mr. William
Slater Mr. Robert
Smith Mr. John
Wilson Mr. John
Mogrige Rev. John, Vicar
Smith Rev. John, Anabaptist Minister
Timbrel Rev. John
Burn John, Surgeon
Rackster Martin, Surgeon
Bedford John, Attorney
Best George, Attorney
Howell William, Attorney
Woodward Thomas, Attorney
Adams John, Taylor
Andrews James, Huckster
Andrews Samuel, Flax-dresser
Allcock Plaxton William, Coal-merchant
Ashmad William, Hatter
Baker Joseph, Ironmonger
Ballenger Thomas, Staymaker
Barnes John, Planemaker
Batt John, Farmer
Baugh Joseph, Ironmonger
Baylis John, Hair-dresser
Bell Richard, Shoemaker
Best Thomas, Hair-dresser
Best William, Maltster
Blissit Edward, Mason
Blissit John, Gardener
Blissell Mary, Linen-draper
Bourn George, Plough Inn
Bradstock George, Smith
Bromfield John, Turner
Broomhill Samuel, Linen-draper
Brown Walker, Plumber
Bunn James, Victualler
Burch Thomas, Shoemaker
Bushell William, Builder
Cape Lot, Taylor
Chambers Joseph, Baker
Clee John, Bell Inn
Collins James, Weaver
Collins Robert, Grocer
Cooper George, Staffordshireware-house
Cosnett William, Gardener
Cottrell John, Pig-dealer
Cowell John, King’s Head Inn
Crutch Thomas, Farmer
Cull Henry, Grocer
Duffield Jonathan, Gardener
Dufty John, Gardener
Ederidge Susannah, Grocer
Edwards Thomas, Baker
Farley John, Breeches-maker
Faulkner Thomas, Victualler, (Quiet Woman)
Foster William, Builder
Ganterton William, Wool-stapler
George Miss, Postmistress
Giles John, Angel Inn
Goodhall James, Glazier
Goodhall Ralph, Chandler
Goodhall Thomas, Fellmonger
Grove John, Wool-stapler
Harris James, Shoemaker
Hay Miss, Milliner
Henley – , Baker
Hill – , Brazier
Hope Henry, Grocer
Hope Joseph, Three Tuns Inn
House John, Baker
House William, Baker
Hunter John, Linen-draper
Jew William, Butcher
Lee William, Woolcomber
Linley John, Staymaker
Lorton William, Mason
Loveridge George, Smith
Lyer William, Taylor
Marfield John, Shoemaker
Martin John, Victualler, (Coach and Horses)
Mason George, horse-dealer
Mason Jane, Clothes-shop
Millard William, Sadler
Millington Joseph, Butcher
Nichols Richard, Linen-draper
Nichols Thomas, Taylor
Nixon John, Gardener
Paget William, Joiner
Paine Giles, Vict. (Rose and Crown)
Poole Robert, Springmaker
Prickett – , Shoemaker
Prickett John, Victualler
Prickett William, Butcher
Pugh William, Carpenter
Purser William, New Inn
Reading John, Butcher
Rickard Elizabeth, Gardener
Roberts Thomas, Schoolmaster
Saunders Samuel, Gardener
Shelton John, Hair-dresser
Smith John, Baker
Smith Susannah, Bookseller
Spenser Simon, Horse-dealer
Stevens George, Butcher
Stevens Robert, Cooper
Stiles Thomas, Butcher
Street Henry, Grocer
Taylor Francis, Fisherman
Taylor John, Grocer
Taylor William, Wheelwright and Chandler
Thackwell Richard, Watchmaker
Wade Stephen, Woolstapler
Wagstaff Edward, Baker
Wainer Robert, Watchmaker
Ward Thomas, Weaver
Weshbourne John, Sadler
Weshbourne John, Tea-dealer
Wilson Robert, Tanner
Withers Francis, Huckster
Woodward Francis, Maltster
Woodward John, Farmer
Wright William, Gardener
Excise Office, Angel Inn
Mr. Weeks, Collector
Mr. Smith, Supervisor
Mr. Houston, Officer
Defford is a chapelry to Pershore, eight miles in circuit; wherein are some salt springs. Near it is Coppins-court, which formerly had a magnificent edifice, now razed.
Strensham, is south-west of Pershore, not far from the influx of the Avon into the Severn. Here are an hospital for six poor widows, and a charity-school. This parish contains 2000 acres, and was the birth place of Samuel Butler, author of Hudibras. The church has several fine monuments of the Russel family.
Wolborough or Wadborough, is three miles north-west of Pershore, where the abbots of that monastery had a park. – Walcot is about two miles north-east. – Stowton is to the north-west.
Naunton is north of Pershore, a parish whose church bears evident marks of great antiquity. – Sherriff’s Naunton is a hamlet is the parish of Naunton.
Breedon is a healthy pleasant village near Pershore; the parish, dedicated to St. Giles, contains three chapelries, viz. Norton, Mitton, and Cutsdean; and three hamlets, viz. Westmancot, Kelmesham, and Hardwick; is one of the most valuable rectories in the diocese of Worcester. Here was formerly a monastery. The porch and west end of the church are Saxon buildings, said to have been built by the grandfather of King Offa. To the north-east of it is Brendon-hill, on which is a Roman encampment, with a double ditch; and it boasts one of the finest prospects in the county; on the top is a lofty summer-house, from which may be viewed the cities of Worcester and Gloucester; Cheltenham, &c.
Source: Universal British Directory 1791.