Stoke Prior is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Finstall, Stoke Works.

Church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin: 1557

Nonconformists in Stoke Prior include:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Stoke Prior

Historical Descriptions

Stoke Prior Imperial Gazetteer 1870

Stoke-Prior, a parish, with a village, in Bromsgrove district, Worcester; on the Birmingham and Worcester canal, and on the Bristol and Birmingham railway, 2 miles SSW of Bromsgrove. It has a post-office under Bromsgrove, and a r. station, called Stoke-Works, with telegraph. Acres, 3,820. Real property, £23,017. Pop., 1,622. Houses, 330. The property is much sub-divided. Finstall Park and Oak Hall are chief residences. There are extensive salt works, flour mills, brick and tile works, and a quarry. The living is a vicarage, united with St. Godwald, in the diocese of Worcester. Value,  £310. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of W. The church ranges from Norman to later English, and has a fine later English tower. There are a chapel of ease at Finstall, two national schools, a reformatory, and charities £29.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Stoke Prior The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Stoke-Prior, a parish in the middle division of the hund. of Oswaldslow, union of Bromsgrove, county of Worcester; 4¾ miles north-east by north of Droitwich, intersected by the Worcester and Bir mingham canal, and the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. Living, a discharged vicarage with the curacy of St. Godwald’s, in the archd. and dio. of Worcester; rated at £12; gross income £270. Vicarial tithes commuted in 1772. Patrons, the dean and chapter of Worcester. Here is a day and boarding school. Charities, in 1832, about £20 per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £414 1s. Acres 3,500. Houses 212. A.P. £2,493. Pop., in 1801, 327; in 1831, 478.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

STOKE-PRIOR (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Bromsgrove, Middle division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, Droitwich, and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 2 miles (S.) from Bromsgrove; containing 1576 inhabitants. The parish comprises 3808a. 3r. 24p. of very good land, mostly arable, and of undulated surface. It is situated near the road from Birmingham to Worcester, and traversed by that from Bromsgrove to Stratford-on-Avon, by way of Hanbury, Feckenham, and Alcester. A good sandstone is obtained, which has been much used for railway-bridges. On the bank of the Worcester and Birmingham canal here, are works belonging to the British Alkali Company, commenced in 1828: in 1830, a dry rock-salt shaft, from 10 to 40 feet in thickness, was reached, at a distance varying from 120 to 150 yards below the surface; and subsequently, a spring of saturated brine broke into the mine, since which the supply has appeared inexhaustible. Salt, akali, soap, and soda, with a variety of other chemical productions, are manufactured at these works, which occupy nearly nine acres of ground, consume about 500 tons of coal per week, and employ several hundred hands. Among the buildings is a chimney which, for gigantic dimensions and beautiful proportions, is perhaps unequalled in England. On the other side of the canal is a similar concern, carried on by the Imperial Alkali Company; and there are two manufactories for needles in the parish. The Birmingham and Gloucester railway has here the Bromsgrove and the Stoke-works stations. An act was passed in 1845, authorising the Great Western Company to make a line of four miles from Stoke to their Oxford and Wolverhampton line at Droitwich. The living is a discharged vicarage, with St. Godwald’s chapel at Finstal, in the parish, united, valued in the king’s books at £12; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The great tithes for the inclosures, and all the small tithes, were commuted for land in 1772; there is a glebe-house, with 150 acres of glebe land valued at £300 per annum. The church is a handsome structure in the Norman and early English styles, with a good tower, and contains a very ancient and beautiful font. A national school is supported by subscription, aided by £18 per annum from land bequeathed by Henry Smith, of London, in 1606. In excavating for the Birmingham railway, some Romanized-British remains were discovered.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Stoke Prior Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Stoke Prior – a parish in the hundred of Oswaldslow, middle division, 3 miles S. from Bromsgrove, and 115 from London; containing 176 inhabited houses. It is a vicarage; Rev. R. George, incumbent; instituted 1814; in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Population, 1801, 754 – 1811, 796 – 1821, 900.

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.


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See also Bromsgrove

Stoke Prior Worcestershire Littleburys Directory 1879

Stoke Prior (anciently Stocha), the village which belonged to the Prior of Worcester in former days, is a large parish 2 miles S. of Bromsgrove, 4 N.E. of Droitwich, and 11 N.E. of Worcester; in the eastern division of the county and hundred of Upper Halfshire; poor-law union, petty sessional division, county court district, and polling district of Bromsgrove; annual rateable value, £18,291; area of the parish, 3,820 acres; population in 1861, 1,622; in 1871, 1,893, with 370 inhabited houses, and 420 families or separate occupiers. The present population (1879) of Stoke Prior is nearly 3,000. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor, and with John Corbett, Esq., M.P., and Francis Tongue Rufford, Esq., are the principal landowners. The soil is clay and light loam; subsoil, clay and gravel; chief crops, wheat, barley, beans, roots, &c. The Birmingham and Worcester canal runs through the parish, and there is a station on the Birmingham and Bristol branch of the Midland railway at Stoke works, and the Bromsgrove station is also in this parish. The chief interest of the place centres, as at Droitwich, in its salt works, which, however, are of quite modern date. The “Stoke Prior Salt Works,” the property of John Corbett, Esq., M.P. for Droitwich, are considered, for magnitude of cost and superior construction, the model salt works of Europe, having been erected at a cost of about half a million sterling. The brine-springs of Stoke Prior have their source at a depth of many hundred feet below the surface, being the deepest in England. There are four pits, which occupied many years in sinking, at a cost of £100,000. The increase of depth, as compared with Droitwich, is rather to be attributed to the conformation of the surface of the ground than to any difference in the position of the salt-bearing strata. The brine is pumped into reservoirs or “tuns,” from which it is conducted by pipes to the evaporating pans. A great reservoir has been excavated to contain between three and four million gallons, or a ten days’ supply. The making of salt is really a very simple operation. As the water is evaporated the salt rises to the surface in flakes, and then in a moment or two falls to the bottom of the pan, whence it is removed at regular periods for drying. This is the whole process, though the scale on which it is conducted is imposing and bewildering. Mr. Corbett is the patentee of a new mode of preparing salt of superior fineness and hardness. By this method the pan is covered, and as it is round in form, it resembles, with its top on, a great pie. Inside the pan there are a number of rakes, made to revolve by steam power; the agitation of the brine, and the greater heat caused by the retention of the steam (which, in the case of the ordinary open pan, is wasted), combine to cause a more than ordinarily rapid deposition of salt, and the crystals are consequently very fine and hard. The furnaces used for evaporating the brine consume from one to two thousand tons of coal per week, according to the demand for salt. The works are capable of producing four thousand tons of salt per week, but owing to the competition with Cheshire and the manufacture abroad, the demand is seldom equal to that quantity. There is a storage room for between 70,000 and 80,000 tons of salt. From 500 to 600 hands find a wholesome and remunerative employment here. £30,000 a year is expended in wages, and another £30,000 goes to the coffers of the principal railway companies. The proprietor has 500 railway wagons of his own building, and upwards of 50 canal boats and barges, for the conveyance of salt from his works. There is a foundry for making castings, from the smallest used in van-building to the enormous castings required for lining the brine pits. There is also an iron works for the making and repairing of the pans, which are rapidly destroyed by the corrosive action of the salt, which settles upon the bottom in a cake, called a “panscale.” A network of railway traverses the main thoroughfares through the works, carrying coal and taking out salt to such places as cannot be reached by water. The great chimney, which serves as a landmark to the adjacent county, was originally erected to carry off the fumes from the chemical works there, and is 312 feet in height, 36 feet in diameter, and has walls 2 feet thick. Many years ago Herapath, the celebrated chemist, submitted the brine from Mr. Corbett’s springs to analysis, and, when certifying to its purity and superior quality, added that by the process of manufacture, witnessed by himself, it could not fail to produce “an excellent salt of first-class quality, both in colour and purity.” The eminent chemist of the Royal College of Physicians in London, A. Beauchamp Northcote, who examined all the important brine-springs of England, wrote – “Those of Stoke Prior rank among the first in point of concentration, and are also very remarkable for their freedom from earthy impurities, and calculated to produce a very fine and pure variety of salt.” The colour and purity of this salt are not easily to be surpassed. Numerous prize medals have been awarded to Mr. Corbett, for the superior quality of his salt, at the several great International Exhibitions of Europe and America. Stoke Prior is in the diocese and archdeaconry of Worcester and rural deanery of Droitwich; living, a vicarage, value £310, with residence; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester; vicar Rev. Harcourt Aldham, B.A., Worcester College, Oxford, who was instituted in 1842. The church of St. Michael is an exceedingly interesting edifice, presenting specimens of Norman, Transitional, and Early English work. It consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and tower surmounted by a shingled spire containing four bells; the tower occupies an unusual position – the east end of the south aisle. The church was restored in 1858 and 1865, on the latter occasion chiefly through the liberality of John Corbett, Esq., M.P., at a cost of about £1,000. The exquisitely moulded piers and arches on the south side of the nave, and the curious vaulted vestry, are of the Transition period, and are worthy of notice. The chancel contains a beautiful stained window, of five lights, representing our Lord and the four Evangelists; it was placed there in 1860 by subscription raised to commemorate the abolition of female labour at the salt works, in this parish, by John Corbett, Esq., M.P., the proprietor. The chancel is laid with encaustic tiles and handsomely decorated. There are some curious monuments here, and an old room over the vestry of the church which is supposed to have been a domus inclusa, or cell for a recluse, in the Middle Ages. In the wall at the east end of the nave is an ancient brass to the memory of Henry Smith, of London, date 1606; and a memorial brass to Robert Smith, of London, with his two wives, eleven sons, and six daughters, in a kneeling position. An endowment of £100 was left by Henry Smith, of London, in 1606, for the education of poor youths. John Sanders, grocer, of London, left £10 annually, for placing out an apprentice from the parishes of Upton Warren, Stoke Prior, and Chaddesley; and there are other minor bequests for the use of the poor. Clubs, ladies’ charity, and other benevolent associations, are in the parish. The new schools at Stoke Works were opened on the 9th September 1872, and form a prominent feature in what must shortly be a considerable neighbourhood. They were built at a cost of about £2,000, the whole of which was defrayed by John Corbett, Esq., M.P., of Stoke Works. The schools are under a committee of managers consisting of John Corbett, Esq., M.P., Messrs. Brydone, Wilson, W. F. Hobrough, John Green, H. S. Polson, G. Hancock, and G. Silver-Dee (Secretary). The buildings are of the Gothic order of architecture, and are constructed of white bricks, with blue brick and stone dressings; the lecture-room is 90 feet; classroom, 12 feet by 36 feet; infants’ school, 22 feet by 30 feet; height of wall plate, 16 feet; the roof (an open one stained and varnished) risi
ng 21 feet to the ridge, with an ornamental bell-tower in the centre, and a tower over the front porch. The large room can be divided, so as to form two school-rooms. The playground is 180 feet by 150, and the school will accommodate 500 children, attached to which is a residence for schoolmaster and schoolmistress. The building is licensed by the Lord Bishop for divine service, and is used as a lecture-room or hall when occasion requires. There is in connection a dispensary, in which a supply of medicines and appliances, in case of accidents are constantly kept. The building was erected by Mr. Corbett’s own workpeople, on a site given by him in Shaw lane, near to his works. The Salt Works Workman’s Club is held in the premises formerly designated the “George Inn.” It was opened 9th July 1877, and is affiliated to the Worcestershire Club and Institute Union. There are about 160 members, who pay an entrance fee of 1s, and 8d monthly subscription. Refreshments are supplied to members only, and there are smoke, game, and reading rooms, with a good library. Stoke Prior national school is a neat brick building, erected in 1840; it is at present only open for infants. Stoke Farm reformatory for boys was established by the late Joseph Sturge, and is now chiefly supported by Mrs. Sturge and family. There are about 76 inmates, who are employed as gardeners, or in some other industrial occupation. The land belonging to the reformatory is very productive, and the railway to Birmingham passes through it. The establishment is admirably conducted, and is highly spoken of by H. M. Inspector of Reformatories and Industrial Schools. Stoke Grange, the property of John Corbett, Esq., M. P., is occupied by the Misses Dixon. Finstall, formerly a chapelry in the parish of Stoke Prior, is now a separate ecclesiastical parish.

Postal Regulations – Edwin Perry, Sub-Postmaster. Letters arrive by messenger from Bromsgrove at 7.15 a.m.; despatched thereto at 6 p.m. on week-days, and 9.30 a.m. on Sundays. Letters are collected at the wall letter-box, Stoke works, at 5.45 p.m. Bromsgrove is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (St. Michael’s) – Rev. Harcourt Aldham, B. A. Vicar; Messrs. John Brydone and William F. Hobrough, Churchwardens; James Lewis, Clerk.

Stoke Prior National School (infants). – Mrs. Shepherd, Mistress. Stoke Works Schools (boys, girls, and infants). – Mr. Thomas Knight Williams, Master; Miss Eva Mullens, Infant’s Mistress. Theses schools are under a committee of managers, consisting of John Corbett, Esq., M.P., G. Silver-Dee (Secretary), John Green (Treasurer), John Brydone, H. S. Polson, G. Hancock, J. Wilson, and F. Hobrough.

Stoke Works School Church (Divine service is held on Sundays at 6.30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.) – Rev. T. Morris Hughes, Chaplain.

Stoke Works Workman’s Club (open from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. on weekdays, and from 12.30 till 2.30 p.m. and from 8 till 10 p.m. on Sundays). – Mr. Solven, Honorary Secretary; Mr. John Green, Honorary Treasurer; Mr. Joseph Moore, Manager. The club is under the control of a committee consisting of John Brydone, Esq. (to represent John Corbett, Esq., M.P., proprietor of Stoke Prior salt works), Messrs. John Wilson and W. F. Hobrough, and about fifteen of the working men employed at the Stoke Prior salt works.

Stoke Works Dispensary – Drs. Roden and Fayrer (of Droitwich), Medical Attendants.

Stoke Farm Reformatory (for boys), Ryefields. – Joseph Sturge, Esq. (Birmingham), Hon. Manager; Charles Sturge, Esq., Treasurer; Mr. John McGilchrist, Superintendent; Mrs. McGilchrist, matron; Mr. William Jackson, Schoolmaster; Thomas Hadley, Farm Bailiff; with three gardeners, a tailor, a shoemaker, a waggoner, and an assistant matron. Average number maintained, 76.

Stoke Works Railway Station (Birmingham and Bristol branch of Midland Railway). – Charles Giles, Station Master. Assistant Overseer. – Mr. Caleb Allbut, Woodgate.


Aldham Rev. Harcourt, B. A. (vicar of Stoke Prior), The Vicarage
Banister Mr. Edward, Sharpway gate
Brydone Jn., Esq., Field view, Stoke heath
Dixon The Misses, The Grange, Stoke hth
Green Mr. John, The Priory
Hobrough Mr. Wm. F., C.E., Bridge ho
Hughes Rev. T. Morris (chaplain to Stoke Works school church)
Lea Mrs., Woodgate villa
Perkins Mrs. Edward, The Oakalls
Polson Hugh Sutherland, Mount Pleasant
Powell Mr. John, Stoke house
Powell Mrs. M. A., Elm cot., Stoke pound
Smith Mrs. Caroline, Hill cottage


Abbott Mrs. M. frmr, Lower Piper’s hill
Allbut Caleb, farmer and assistant overseer, Woodgate
Ballinger Richard, farm bailiff, Fir cot.
Bate John, Queen’s Head Inn, and blacksmith, Stoke pound
Bayliss Henry, farmer, Meadows farm
Birch John, farmer, Sharpway gate
Bradley Felix, farmer, The Elms
Brooks Mrs. Sarah, dairy kpr., Woodgate
Brydone John, general manager for John Corbett, Esq., M.P., Stoke Prior salt works; res., Field view, Stoke heath
Butler Hy., Ewe and Lamb, Stoke heath
Chapman Mark, mill foreman, Stoke Prior salt works; res., School house
Colley Mrs. Sarah, dressma., Stoke wharf
Corbett John, M.P., proprietor of the Stoke Prior salt works, near Bromsgrove (prize medals awarded London 1862, Paris 1867, gold medals London 1873, Paris 1875, Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1878) London agents – Weston & Westall, 115 Lower Thames Street, E.C. Shipping ports for exportation – London, Gloucester, Bristol, Wisbeach, Hull, &c. All communications to be addressed – Stoke Prior salt works, near Bromsgrove. Telegrams to Bromsgrove. Residence – Impney, Droitwich.
Corbett John, M.P., brick and tile manufacturer
Deakin Thomas, shopkpr., Stoke village
Dee George Silver, accountant (at Stoke Prior salt works) Moorgate house, Woodgate
Eachus George, foreman, Stoke Works
Farrin George, boat builder, tarpauler, &c., Stoke works
Fryer George, foreman, Stoke works
Gardner John, engineer at Stoke Prior salt works, Meadow bank
Gibbs John, miller and frmr., Sugar Brook Mills; res., Heath farm, Bromsgrove
Gibbs Mr., farmer, The Meadows
Giles Chas., station master, Stoke works
Gittus Edwin, English and foreign timber merchant, and steam saw-mills, Shaw lane; res., Stoke works
Goodyere Alfred, clerk at Stoke salt works
Grafton Martin Wm., storekeeper at Stoke Prior salt works
Hadley Thos., shopkeeper, and farm bailiff at Ryefields reformatory, Stoke works
Harrell Samuel, tailor
Harrison Henry, toll clerk for the Sharpness New Docks and Gloucester and Birmingham navigation Co., Stoke Prior wharf
Heath Joseph, farmer, Weston Hall farm
Herdman Joseph, farm bailiff, Moorgate
Hewson Thomas, farmer, Webb’s farm (house in Bentley Pauncefoot)
Hobrough Wm. Francis, C.E., engineer to the Sharpness New Docks and Gloucester and Birmingham navigation Co., Bridge house, Stoke wharf
Hope Joseph, grocer, provision merchant, and draper, Stoke works
Hunt Geo. & James (Bros.), needle scourers, Stoke Prior needle mill; and at Redditch
Inett Benjamin, beer retailer (New Inn), and baker, Stoke heath
Inston Herbert, pump maker and well sinker, Stoke heath
Jackson William, schoolmaster at Stoke Farm reformatory
Jones Samuel, farmer and landowner, Tan house; res., Bromsgrove
Jones Thomas, foreman, Stoke works
Knight Edmund, Navigation Inn, and farmer, and hay, corn, and coal mercht., and boat owner, Stoke wharf
Lacy Thomas, beer retailer & cowkeeper, Woodgate
Lewis James, parish clerk, Stoke heath
Lucas William, shopkeeper, Stoke village
McGilchrist John, superintendent of Stoke Farm reformatory
Manning George, shopkeeper and butcher, Stoke works
Marriott Fitzherbert Acland, clerk at Stoke Prior salt works, The Cottage
Moore Joseph, manager of Stoke Works workman’s club, Stoke works
Morton John, wheelwright, Stoke heath
Mosson Joseph, baker and general shopkeeper, Stoke pound
Mullens Miss Eva, schlmistrs., Stoke works
Nelson Jas., beer retailer (Country Girl), Sharpway gate
Palmer William, dairy farmer, Woodgate
Parry Mrs. Sarah, cot. farmer, Woodgate
Penrice William, dairy farmer, Woodgate
Perry Edwin, shopkpr. And sub-postmr
Polson Hugh Sutherland, traveller for Stoke Prior salt works; res., Mount Pleasant
Potter John, coal dealer, shopkeeper, and beer retailer, Stoke wharf
Powell John, farmer, Stoke house
Powell John J., shopkeeper, Stoke heath
Quinney Ed., frmr, Glebe fm, Woodgate
Reeves William, butcher, and beer retlr., Butchers’ Arms (in Dodderhill parish)
Reynolds Wm., shopkpr., Sharpway gate
Rose Martin, farmer, Moorgate farm, The Pools farm, and Arbor hill farms; res., Astwood, Dodderhill
Rogers Wm., boot & shoe mkr., Stoke heath
Rudge Richd., dairy frmr., Copyholt fm.
Sanders James, shopkeeper, Stoke heath
Shepherd Mrs., mistress of Stoke Prior national school
Smith Miss L., ladies school, The Elms
Smith Saml., haircutter &c., Stoke works
Spilsbury Jph., wheelwright, Stoke heath
Stanworth Isaac, wheelwright, Stoke works
Thompson Henry, coal dealer and shopkeeper, Stoke pound
Thompson Jph., cot. farmer, Woodgate
Twemlow Mrs. Rachel, farmer, Fir cot.
Wakeman Isaac, shoemkr., Stoke works
Wall Mrs. W. H., miller and farmer, Stoke Prior flour mills
Webb James, Boat Inn, Stoke works
Williams Frederick, butcher & beer retlr. (The Gate Hangs Well), Woodgate
Williams Thomas Knight, master of Stoke Works school, Stoke works
Wilson John, frmr., The Elms farm; res., Astwood (Dodderhill), near Bromsgrove
Workman Stphn., police officer, Stoke wks
Warmington Wm., boot and shoe maker and cottage farmer, Woodgate
Wright Wm., boot & shoe ma., Stoke pound

Source: Littlebury Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879.

Stoke Prior Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Stoke Prior is an extensive parish, pleasantly situated, about 5 miles N.E. from Droitwich, and about a mile and a half from Bromsgrove. The Oxford Worcester, and Wolverhampton Railway, and the Midland line pass through it, the Bromsgrove Station being in the parish of Stoke, which contained in 1851 a population of 1613 inhabitants.
The Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a fine ancient pile, of about the eleventh or twelfth century, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle and south transept, with square tower and low spire. The tower is of two stages, and is allowed to be a fine specimen of early English architecture, containing on each side triple lancet lights, which are partially walled up. The north aisle is separated from the nave by five Norman arches, with massive circular columns. The chancel arch is in the transition style, and the south transept windows are in the perpendicular style. The church having undergone extensive repairs, was re-opened for divine service in September, 1848. It combines the characteristics of the Norman and first and middle pointed styles. The south transept, which had been walled up, was again thrown into the church, and re-seated with substantial oak benches, whereby 114 additional free sittings have been obtained. The chancel is paved with encaustic tiles. On the east wall the Commandments, Creed, and Lord’s Prayer have been illuminated, with a floriated cross, and crown of thorns, in gold, on a blue ground, studded with the fleur-de-lis in gold. During repairs an ancient recumbent monuments of an ecclesiastic was discovered, and removed from the south to the north aisle, in order to make room for additional pews. Beneath the monument was a stone coffin, supposed to be of the twelfth or fourteenth century, and which bore evidence of having been opened before, the coffin containing part of a skull and other bones; it was suffered to remain in its original situation. The font, which is of the reign of Henry VII, is octagonal, with scriptural designs on a floriated pedestal. In a wall at the east end of the nave is an ancient brass, to the memory of Henry Smith, of London, date 1606; and a memorial brass to Robert Smith, of London, with his two wives, eleven sons, and six daughters, in a kneeling position. The living is a vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Rev. Harcourt Aldham, B.A., Vicar. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately.

There is a Chapel of Ease at Finstall, in connection with the Church. Service alternately with that of Stoke.

The National School is a neat brick building, erected in 1840, for the education of the children of Stoke and adjoining parishes, and was built by contribution and a Government grant. It is a mixed school, and under Government and Diocesan inspection. Ellen Hall, Mistress. Number of scholars, 80 There is also a Branch School at Finstall, for the convenience of the upper part pf the parish, also under Diocesan inspection. Margaret Bimson, Mistress. Number of children, 80.


Aldham Rev Harcourt, B.A. Vicar, Vicarage
Fardon Mr Jonathan, The Firs
Gould Mr Richard, Grimley House
Grovenor Mr John, Finstall
Hill Mr Joseph, Mount Pleasant
Nash Mr Goodwin, Broom House
Perkins Mr Edward, Oakalls
Sanders Benj L Esq LL.B, The Grange
Sanders James Esq, The Grange
Sanders John M Esq, The Grange
Watkins Mrs Elizabeth, Stoke Heath
Vernon Thomas Wm Esq, Rigby Hall, Finstall


Allbutt Caleb, farmer, Wood Gate
Allbutt Jeremiah, farmer, Harbour’s Hill
Allen Joseph, farmer, Cottage Gate


Baker James, farmer, Moor Gate
Barber Joshua, grocer and provision dealer
Baylis Henry, miller
Bladon Walter and William, millers and farmer, Stoke Mills
Bladon William, farmer, Intal Fields
Boddington Richard, engineer
Bray George, farmer, Pool House
Breedon William, market gardener, Stoke Heath
Buggins Lydia, farmer, Stoke Cross


Chin William, Slide Slow
Corbett John, salt manufacturer
Cordell Richard, farmer, Cross Brook
Cund Jeremiah, wheelwright, Finstall


Day George, Shopkeeper
Dowley Henry, victualler, Ewe and Lamb, Stoke Heath


Fardon Henry Fowler, soap and salt manufacturer, The Firs
Featherstone John, farmer, Finstall
Francis George, victualler, Boat Inn and Railway Tavern


Gibbs Mark, beer retailer, Halfway House
Green John, farmer, Beesley
Griffin Henry, victualler and farmer, The Dragoon
Guise Joseph, farmer, Castbridge


Hancock George, farm bailiff to Mr J Sturge, Rye Fields
Harbon George, needle scourer
Harrell Samuel, tailor
Harris William, farmer
Haynes Jeremiah J, miller
Hodges William, farmer, The Meadows
Howard Joseph, victualler, The Cross


Imperial Salt Company, Stoke Works
Ingram Henry, shopkeeper


Jeptha William, farmer and dealer, Finstall
Jones John, farmer, Stoke Court
Jones Joseph, farmer, Tan House
Jones Joseph, farmer, Newton
Jones Michael, farmer, Slide Slow; also of the Hop Gardens


Lacy James, farmer and cider retailer
Lacey Joseph, shoe maker
Lay Thomas, baker and shopkeeper, Stoke Heath
Lucas William, victualler, Navigation


Martin John, beer retailer


Parkes William, farmer, Sharp Way Gate
Parry George, farmer, Lower Barn
Paxton Joseph, farmer and shopkeeper
Perkins William, farmer, Ford House
Pinfield Richard, blacksmith, Finstall
Potter George, blacksmith


Radford Joseph, Police Sergeant, Station
Russon Joseph, farmer, Warwick Hall


Smith the Misses, Ladies Boarding and Day School, The Elms
Spilsbury Joseph, wheelwright and carpenter, Stoke Heath
Spilsbury William, wheelwright and carpenter, Stoke Heath


Thompson Henry, shopkeeper
Thompson Joseph, beer retailer, Moor Gate
Tustin William, shoe maker, Finstall


Ward Thomas, beer retailer and shopkeeper
Watton William, farmer, Stoke Heath
West Nathaniel, beer retailer, New Inn, Stoke Heath
Whitehair Henry, farmer, The Priory; also of Stoke Heath
Wild Nathan, beer retailer, The Bell
Warmington William, shoe maker

Post Office – Stoke Jane Checketts Sub-Postmistress
Post Office – Finstall Miss M Rose Sub-Postmistress

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855.

Stoke Prior Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Stoke Prior, 2 miles from Bromsgrove, containing 135 houses, and 754 inhabitants.
Abbott Jeremiah, farmer
Abbott Samuel, farmer
Abbott Widow, farmer
Allen John, farmer
Allen Widow, farmer
Allen Wm. shoemaker
Ashfield William, farmer
Ashmore John, farmer
Ashmore Benj. Farmer
Ashmore Joseph, farmer
Aston James, farmer
Bennett William, farmer
Blick Joseph, farmer
Bonaker Widow, farmer
Brooke Thomas, farmer
Buggins T sen. farmer
Buggins T. jun. farmer
Collett Thomas, surgeon
Deakin Joseph, farmer
Dowdeswell Rev. C.
Featherston F. F. vict.
Featherston F. W, farmer
Gardner John, farmer
Griffin William, farmer
Guise Charles, farmer
Hammond James, farmer
Harris William, miller
Harrison George, farmer
Heath Thomas, farmer
Heath William, farmer
Heath John, shoemaker
Hedges William, smith
Hemming Thos. farmer
Hill G. miller
Hill John, farmer
Hill Thomas, farmer
Holden Richard, farmer
Horton Thomas, farmer
Horton Widow, farmer
Jew William, farmer
Jones Charles, farmer
Jones Joseph, farmer
King James, farmer
Langstone Jacob, farmer
Mander John, joiner
Nash Richard, farmer
Niblett William, miller
Page Joseph, sen. gent.
Page Joseph, jun. farmer
Page Thomas, farmer
Pardoe Widow, farmer
Pardoe Richard, farmer
Parry Samuel, farmer
Parton Charles, farmer
Penn John, jun. farmer
Penn John, sen. farmer
Penrice William, farmer
Perkins John, vict.
Perrott Charles, farmer
Rea Ann, farmer
Rogers W. F. farmer
Sanders Widow, farmer
Timmings Thos. farmer
Ward Joseph, weaver
Williams Richard, farmer
Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.


  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Bromsgrove
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Droitwich
  • Poor Law Union: Bromsgrove
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury
  • Petty Sessional Division: Bromsgrove
  • County Court District: Bromsgrove
  • Polling District: Bromsgrove

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