Hadsor (St. John the Baptist)
HADSOR (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Droitwich, Upper division of the hundred of Halfshire, Droitwich and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 1½ mile (S. E.) from Droitwich; containing 178 inhabitants. The Birmingham and Worcester canal, the Droitwich and Alcester turnpike-road, and the Birmingham and Gloucester railway, intersect the parish. The area is 944a. 2r. 15p., whereof twothirds are arable, and the remainder pasture; the surface is undulated, the soil a rich marl, and the scenery picturesque. The manor belongs to John Howard Galton, Esq., owner of the entire parish, whose family is descended from Simon de Galton, who held lands in Dorsetshire bearing the same name, and surveyed in Domesday book. The mansion, rebuilt in 1828, in the Italian style, is surrounded by extensive pleasuregrounds, and contains a valuable collection of statues and paintings. The living is a discharged rectory, rated in the king's books at £6. 7. 3½., and in the patronage of Mr. Galton, with a net income of £200, and a house: the tithes were commuted for land in 1773. The church, which is situated near the Hall, is in the decorated style, and with the exception of the tower and roof, which were restored in 1836, is a perfect remnant of the 14th century; it consists of a nave and chancel, and contains two old painted windows. In the parish is a mineral spring.