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Abberley, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Abberley, a parish in Worcestershire, 6 miles SW of Stourport station, on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Stourport; Great Witley, 2 miles distant, is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2360; population of the civil parish, 563; of the ecclesiastical, 595. Abberley Hall was long in the possession of the Walsh family, one of whom was the friend and patron of the poet Pope, but it is now the property of the Jones family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £252. The church, in the Early English style, was built in 1852. The chancel and some arches of the old Norman church still remain. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Abberley Hill, the northern end of the Malvern system, commands a fine view, and faces an ancient encampment on Woodbury, a mile S.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishAbberley St. Michael 
HundredDoddingtree 
Poor Law unionMartley 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559 and is in excellent preservation.


Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, built in 1852, at a cost of about £7,000, is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and western belfry with spire, containing 6 bells: in 1873 the fabric was greatly injured by fire, but was restored in 1877, at a cost of £4,113: the east window is stained: there is a memorial window in the chancel and two in the nave: the church affords about 350 sittings.

The ruins of the former Early Norman church of St. Michael still remain: the chancel was put in good repair in 1908 and is used for funerals and for daily services: in the chancel is a monument to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir George Blount kt. of Sodington, and wife of William Walsh esq. of Abberley; she died in 1645.

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael, in the Early Norman style, is now mainly in ruins. The chancel was put in good repair in 1908 and used for funerals and for daily services: in the chancel is a monument to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir George Blount kt. of Sodington, and wife of William Walsh esq. of Abberley; she died in 1645.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Abberley from the following:


Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.


Maps

Online maps of Abberley are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Worcestershire papers online:


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictMalvern Hills
CountyWorcestershire
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtWR6
Post TownWorcester