Sapey is situated on the western border of the county, about 8 miles S.E. from Tenbury, and contained a population of 148 inhabitants in the year 1851.
Sapey Pritchard was formerly, as well as Edvin Loach, a Chapelry to Clifton-upon-Teme, and the former parish is not even now privileged with funerals, nor is its churchyard consecrated, although it is contemplated as soon as practicable.
The Church, situated in a picturesque valley, through which runs the celebrated Sapey brook, consists of nave and chancel, with south porch. No bell tower or turret ornaments the little edifice, but a square hole near the top of the gable-end indicates something within, and in the interior of the building, corresponding with this sound-hole, is a wooden cupboard, in which are two bells. The living is a discharged Rectory, in the gift of the executors of the late Rev. W. S. Rufford. Rev. William Rufford, M.A., Rector; Mr. William Baylis, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 30 p.m.
Rufford Rev. William, M.A., Rector, Rectory
Barnes Elizabeth, farmer, Thorn
Baylis William, Parish Clerk
Biddle Charles, farmer, beer retailer, and carrier, Black Star
Bint James, farmer, The Green
Bint James, Collector of Taxes, The Green
Davis John farmer, The Hill
Davis Edward, shopkeeper
Downes James, farmer, Sapey Court
Fox Richard, farmer, Hathouse
Hall John, farmer, Burton Court
Hill Thomas, farmer, Culver House
Lewis John, carpenter, Holland’s Mill
Lipscombe Joseph, farmer, Landymore
Moore Benjamin, farmer, shopkeeper, and carrier, Rose Furlong
Price James, shoe maker
Rea Benjamin, farmer, Three Gates
Smith William, farmer, The Farm
Travil Edward, victualler and mason, Gate Hangs Well
Carrier – Worcester, through Martley, Biddle, Wed. and Sat., 5 a.m.; and Moore, Wed. and Sat., 5 a.m.
Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855