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Shelsley Walsh or Little Shelsley, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Shelsley Walsh or Little Shelsley, a parish in Worcestershire, on the river Teme, 6½ miles N of Knightwick station on the G.W.R., 10 NW of Worcester, and 10 SW of Stourport. Post town, Worcester; money order office, Clifton-on-Teme; telegraph office. Great Witley. Acreage, 495; population, 56. The Court House was formerly the residence of Sir John Walsh, sheriff of the county in 1605, who took an active part in the apprehension of persons accused of participation in the Gunpowder Plot. It is a timber-framed mansion, and has been partly rebuilt, but retains part of the moat. The garden contains a very fine specimen of the Himalayan fir. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; gross value, £100. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. The church is a small but interesting edifice of travertine, built in the 13th century, and restored in 1859. The rood-screen is beautifully carved, and by what is almost a unique arrangement it is returned into the nave so as to enclose a small chantry chapel. There is a wooden altar tomb to Francis Walsh, who died in 1593.

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 parishShelsley-Walsh St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionMartley 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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