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Defford, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Defford, a village and a parish in Worcestershire, on the river Avon, 3 miles SW of Pershore, with a station on the M.R., and a post office under Pershore; money order office, Eckington; telegraph office, at the railway station. There is a working men's institute. Acreage, 1691; population of the civil parish, 401; of the ecclesiastical, 579. Defford Common is an extensive waste, and contains three very large ancient oak trees. The living is a vicarage, united with Besford chapelry, in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £270 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church, ancient, was restored in 1865.

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 
Poor Law unionPershore 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtWR8
Post TownWorcester