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Birtsmorton, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Birtsmorton, a village and a parish in Worcestershire, near the Malvern Hills, 5 miles SE of Malvern Wells station on the M.R., 6 SW of Upton-on-Severn, and 8 WNW of Tewkesbury, under which there is a post office of the name of Birts Street; money order office, Welland; telegraph office, Malvern Wells. Acreage, 1291; population, 244. The manor was long held by the ancient Cornish family of Nanfan, having been given by Henry VI. to John Nanfan, who was his esquire. The manor-house is a timbered moated mansion of the 16th century; the dining-hall is wainscoted with carved oak, and has a carved chimney-piece of the 17th century with the arms of the Nanfan family. It is now a farmhouse, and was the birthplace of the Right Hon. W. Huskisson. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; gross value, £375 with residence. Sir John Oldcastle (Lord Cobham) was patron of it in the reign of Henry V. The church is a cruciform Gothic edifice with an embattled western tower. It was restored in 1877. It contains an interesting altar-tomb to Sir John Nanfan, and monuments to Admiral Caldwell (1718) and Catherine, Countess of Bella-mont. There is some old stained glass in the windows, and the nave has open oak benches of the 15th century. There is a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1844.

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


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

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishBirts-Morton St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionUpton-upon-Severn 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictMalvern Hills
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtWR13
Post TownMalvern