Pershore

Pershore Abbey

Pershore Worcestershire Family History

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.

Parishes contiguous to Pershore St Andrew and Pershore Holy Cross

  • Kempsey
  • Norton juxta Kempsey
  • Pinvin
  • Besford
  • Wick
  • Peopleton
  • Fladbury
  • Stoulton
  • Croome D’Abitot
  • Pirton
  • Great Comberton
  • Birlingham
  • Pershore

Historical Descriptions

Pershore

The High Street, Pershore, at the junction with Broad Street. The copyright on this image is owned by Philip Halling and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

BARTHOLOMEW’S GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES 1904

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

BEETON’S BRITISH GAZETTEER 1870.

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

Bridge Street, Pershore Looking south along the old A44 towards Evesham. The copyright on this image is owned by Jonathan Billinger and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

A TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 1833

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.

WORCESTERSHIRE DELINEATED C. AND J. GREENWOOD 1822

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.

Pershore Abbey by David Merrett from Daventry, England. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Pershore Holy Cross

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.

LEONARD’S GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1850

Pershore (Holy-Cross), adjoining Pershore (St Andrew). P. 2446 Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

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.

Pershore St Andrew

Preaching cross and the former St Andrew's church. The copyright on this image is owned by Philip Halling and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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.

LEONARD’S GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1850

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

IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES CIRCA 1870

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]

WORCESTERSHIRE DELINEATED C. AND J. GREENWOOD 1822

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 TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 1808

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.

Directories

Online Directories

Bentley’s Directory of Pershore 1840 - Archive.org

Directory Transcriptions

Pershore Slaters Directory 1850
Pershore Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820
Pershore Universal Directory 1791
Pensham Billings Directory 1855
Pensham Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820
Wadborough Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905
Wadborough Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855
Walcot-Cum-Membris Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855
Walcot Cummembris Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820
Drakes Broughton Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905

Online Directories

Pershore from Pigot and Co.’s National Commercial Directory 1835 provided by Google Books.

Street Directories

Pershore Street Directory 1905