Hampton-Lovett (St. Mary)

HAMPTON-LOVETT (St. Mary), 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 (N. N. W.) from Droitwich; containing 174 inhabitants. This place was formerly the seat of the Pakingtons, whose mansion of Hampton Court, situated near the church, was destroyed during the civil war in the reign of Charles I.; connected with it were a lodge and banqueting-hall at Westwood (an extra-parochial district adjoining the parish), which, after the destruction of Hampton Court, were enlarged, and occupied as a residence for the family. The parish is hilly and well-wooded; it is on the road from Droitwich to Kidderminster, and comprises 1827a. 1r. 29p., about half arable. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £9. 16. 0½., and in the gift of Miss Pakington, and Sir J. S. Pakington, Bart.: the tithes have been commuted for £323. 10., including the tithes of the glebe, which comprises 33 acres. The church, a handsome structure in the decorated English style, contains the sepulchral chapel of the Pakington family, and in it was interred the learned and pious Dr. Hammond, who died at Westwood in 1660.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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