Daylesford, a parish in Worcestershire, at the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, 1 mile SSE of Addles-trop station on the G.W.R., and 5 miles W of Chipping Norton. Post town, Chipping Norton; telegraph office, Addlestrop station. Acreage, 670; population, 89. Daylesford House, the seat of the Baring-Young family, belonged for centuries to the Hastings family; was rebuilt by Warren Hastings in the year of the commencement of his trial; and was his residence during the last twenty-four years of his life. A monastery was founded at Daylesford in the 8th century by one of the kings of Mercia, and given in the time of Edward the Confessor to Evesham Abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £157 with residence. The present church was erected in 1860 to replace that built by Warren Hastings, who was buried here, and is a small cruciform structure in the Early Decorated style, with rich adornments in coloured marbles. The church derives its foundation from a grant of Ethelwald, King of the Mercians, who reigned about the middle of the 9th century, and portions of the original Saxon church are still retained in the present edifice, which occupies the same site as the old one.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Daylesford St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Stow-on-the-Wold|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Daylesford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Daylesford (St. Peter))
Land and Property
The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.
Online maps of Daylesford are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Worcestershire papers online:
The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.