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Idlicote (St. James)

IDLICOTE (St. James), a parish, in the union of Shipston-upon-Stour, Brailes division of the hundred of Kington, S. division of the county of Warwick, 3¼ miles (N. E.) from Shipston; containing 82 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the right bank of the Stour, that river separating it from a detached part of Worcestershire, comprises about 1408 acres, divided into arable, pasture, and woodland. The surface is somewhat hilly, the soil partly clay, and in some parts gravel, and the scenery picturesque: stone is obtained for rough buildings and for repairing the roads, but the quarries are not considerable. The road from Shipston to Birmingham passes on the west of the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 8., and in the patronage of Henry Peach K. Peach, Esq., lord of the manor: the tithes have been commuted for £300 per annum; and the glebe consists of two acres, including a garden, with a parsonage. The church is supposed to have been built five centuries ago.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.