Blockley - Kelly's Directory 1892
(Worcestershire, now Gloucestershire (since 1931), England)
BLOCKLEY is a large village and parish and head of a petty sessional division, with a station on the Oxford and Wolverhampton section of the Great Western railway, 2 miles east from the town, 88 miles from London, 8 southwest from Shipston-on-Stour and 3 1/2 north-west from Moreton-in-Marsh ; it is in the Southern division of the county, upper division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, Shipston-on-Stour union and county court district, rural deanery of Blockley and archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester. The church of SS. Peter and Paul is an ancient building of stone, in the Norman and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and six bells : the stained east window was placed by Sir Charles Rushout bart. in memory of his sister, the Hon Mrs. Grieve, d. 15 Jan. 1862, and to George, 3rd Baron Northwick, d. 18 Nov. 1887: the church contains a large number of monuments, many belonging to the Rushout family, Barons Northwick, including the Right Hon. Sir John Rushout bart. 1st Baron Northwick, d. 20 Oct. 1800, and Rebecca (Bowles), his wife, d. 1818 ; and the Hon. Anne Rushout, d. 4 April, 1849 ;

Edward Croft, 1706, and Jane, his wife, 1711 ; and to the Rev. William Boughton, 36 years vicar of the parish, d. 1831 : over the vestry door is a costly marble monument, of Italian work, illustrating the parable of "The Good Samaritan," to the memory of John, 2nd Baron Northwick, d. 20 Jan. 1859 : in 1871 the edifice, was restored and reseated and a north porch added by subscription : at the east end of the north aisle is a handsome marble monument, in three compartments, two of which are finished with pediments and the middle one with a pyramid; on these are arranged the busts of Sir James Rushout, 1st bart. ob. 1698, and Alice (Pitt), his wife, by Moore; Elizabeth (Rushout), Countess Dowager of Northampton (18th cent.), by Rysbraeck; and of the Right Hon. Sir John Rushout bart. treasurer of the navy, ob. 1775 ; and Lady Anne (Compton), his wife : there are also tablets to George, 3rd baron Northwick, d. 18 Nov. 1887, and the Hon. Carolina Rushout, his only daughter, and brasses with effigies to Philip Warthim, vicar, 1488 ; a priest (William Jornbharte), with inscription to William Neele, 1510; and some inscribed scrolls: the communion plate was presented by Elizabeth, Countess Dowager of Northampton : the church is entirely lighted by the electric light, and affords 550 sittings. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a vicarage, average tithe rent-charge £430, net yearly value £600, including 92 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Worcester, and held since 1878 by the Rev. Edward James Houghton M.A. of Christ Church, Oxford, rural dean of Blockley, secretary to the Diocesan Board of Education and hon. canon of Worcester. An acre of land, given by the late Lord Northwick for a church cemetery, was consecrated by the Bishop of Worcester in 1891 : the entrance gate was erected in memory of the late vicar by a bequest of his widow. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels. Charities : Richard Perkin's charity of £400, left in 1702, is invested in land, the rents arising from which are devoted to the purchase of clothing for the poor ; Goddard Carter's charity is an annuity of £10, chargeable on land, also given to the poor in clothing ; Mrs. Martha Scattergood's charity is an annuity of £5 for the poor; Mrs. Bowhay's bequest of £15 yearly, in the hands of the vicar of Blockley, and Mr. Eden Hiron, as trustees, is expended in coal for the aged poor ; the Rev. W. Boughton, late vicar, gave an annuity of £8 to the poor, which is distributed in clothing; the Countess of Northampton's charity furnishes twenty poor persons with a twopenny loaf of bread each weekly, and there are also several minor charities. Northwick Park is the seat of Lady Northwick, who is lady of the manor and principal landowner; the barony of Northwick became extinct on the death of George, 3rd baron, in 1887. The soil is light and fertile; subsoil, beds of stone and blue lias. The chief crops are wheat, beans, oats and barley. The total area of the parish is 7,604 acres ; rateable value, £I2,591 ; the population in 1891 was 2,127

PAXFORD is a hamlet, 3 miles north from Moreton-in-the-Marsh and 2 miles east from Blockley. A school-church of stone was erected here in 1866, at the cost of Mrs. Elliot : it is licensed for divine service, which is held here once at least every Sunday: a clock has been presented by the late Mr. Richard Reynolds, who also gave the site for the church. There is a Baptist chapel. The principal landowners are George Alfred Haden Best-Haden esq. of Rowley Regis, near Dudley, Mr. Joseph Crescens Reynolds, Major V. Knox and Mr. James Slatter. The area of the hamlet is 841 acres rateable value is included with Blockley.

WALL LETTER Box, cleared at 4-15 P.M. week days only

National School (mixed), erected in 1866, for 100-children; average attendance, 56; Miss Amy Crisp, mistress

DRAYCOTT, 1 mile north; DITCHFORD, 4 1/2 miles south-west-by-west from Shipston ; DORN, a mile north from Moreton-in-Marsh; and NORTHWICK, 1 3/4 miles south from Chipping Campden, are hamlets in this parish.

ASTON MAGNA is a hamlet and ecclesiastical parish, formed June 29, 1847, from the civil parish of Blockley and is 2 1/2 miles north from Moreton-in-Marsh. The church of St. John, erected in 1846, is a building of stone in the Early Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and a low western tower, containing one bell, and will seat about 200 persons. The register dates from the year 1846. The living is a vicarage, average tithe rent-charge £66, net yearly value, £253, including 5 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of A. B. Freeman-Mitford esq. C.B. and held since 1888 by the Rev. William Gilbert. There are some remains here of an ancient cross. Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford esq. C.B. of Batsford Park, Gloucestershire, is the chief landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil clay. The area is 1,112 acres ; rate-able value is included with Blockley ; the population in 1891 was 164.

Parish Clerk at Aston Magna, Richard Hewens.

WALL LETTER Box, cleared at 6.15 p.m. ; 5 p.m. Sundays

National School (mixed), enlarged in 1883 by the late Earl of Redesdale, for 60 children ; average attendance, 28, Miss Mary Turner, mistress

POST OFFICE, M. O. & T. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office (Sub-Office. Letters should have S.O. Worcs added). Mrs. Susan Powell, receiver & stamp distributor. Letters arrive from Moreton at 6.35 a.m. & 2.45 p.m. ; dispatched at 10.50 a.m. & 6.25 p.m. ; arrive from Broadway at 9 &. m. ; dispatched at 4.5 p.m. ; Sundays 5.10 p.m

National ( girls & infants), erected & opened in 1867, at a cost of £1,400, defrayed by voluntary subscription, for 140 girls & 100 infants ; average attendance, 75 girls & 70 infants; Miss Page, mistress; Miss Jane Kirby, infants' mistress.

National (boys), a separate building of stone, adjoining the churchyard, erected & opened in 1850 by John, 2nd Baron Northwick : it will hold 160 boys ; average attendance, 100; Edgar J. Wyatt & William Higgins, masters.

Railway Station, Thomas Jakeman, station master.



Alcock George, The Limes
Bamforth George, St. George's terrace
Barter Charles, The Close
Bate Richard, St. George's terrace
Belcher Richard, Manor house
Dann Rev. Charles Albert [Baptist], St. George's terrace
Evans Henry, Byrn
Gardner George, Barth cottage
Holtom John Henry, Mount Pleasant vil
Holtom Mrs. St. George's terrace
Houghton Rev. Canon Edward James M.A. Vicarage
Joyner Arthur, St. George's terrace
Judson Miss, Malvern house
Kitchin Mrs
Meadows Miss,
North End villa
Middleditch Mrs. Park house
Morris Charles W. Manor house
Northwick Lady, Northwick park; & 7 Park st. Grosvenor sq. London w.
Phipps Miss
Righton Miss
Righton Samuel,
Elm house
Roberts Joseph, Paxford
Sharp John, Paxford
Silvester Stephen, Porch house
Slatter Mrs. The Poplare, Paxford
Spencer Henry Montagu, Cotswold house
Warburton H. Nigel, The Close
Wells Mrs.
Westmacott Charles William Griffiths,
Park villas
Westmacott Miss, Barton house
Whatley Rev. Charles Lawson B.A. [curate], Umpire villa
Wheatcroft Frank
Whitts Trenfield Miss,
Fragrance villa
Yelf Robert, Colbrook house

Arnold William, general dealer
Bailey Joseph, tea dealer
Balhatchet Thomas Dashwood, butcher
Barnes James, carpenter
Belcher Richard Boswell, coal merchant
Blockley Electric Lighting & Manufacturing Company Limited (Nigel Warburton &, Charles Barter, managing directors), electrical engineers, Astral works
Blockley Penny Bank (R. B. Belcher & Or. T. Herbert, secs)
Booth John, farmer, Northwick Hill frm.
Brown Josiah, builder, Umpire villa
Brown Thos. Hy. grocer & linen draper

Bull Ellen (Mrs.), beer retailer
Butler Charles, timber dlr.
Draycott Chainey William, Crown hotel
Chesher Edmd. water miller & farmer
Clements Thomas, markt. grdnr. Dorn
Clifford George, stone mason
Cosford Wm. Marriott, water miller
Cox Eliza (Mrs.), day school
Davy Stephen, glazier
Eden James, coffee tavern
Ellis Edwin, blacksmith & beer retailer
Evans H. B. & Co. pianoforte manufrs
Evans Henry, painter
Figgures Edward, plasterer & slater
Figgures George Lancelot, painter &c
Figgures Warren, beer retailer
Fletcher & Sons, threshing machine owners, Paxford
Fletcher Wm. beer retailer, Paxford
Gibbs Edmd. farmer. Up. Ditchford farm
Gill Seth, farmer, Dorn
Green John, baker
Haines Mary Ann (Mrs.), farmer
Haines William, farmer, Hailstone farm
Hale Henry, beer retailer
Harris Ann (Mrs.), beer retailer
Harris Emily (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Hathaway William H. relieving officer & registrar of births & deaths for Moreton-in-the-Marsh district
Herbert Frederick, tailor & outfitter
Herbert George Thomason, ironmonger & insurance agent
Herbert Josiah, butcher
Holtom Thos. Kilby, farmer. Park farm
Humphrey Lionel Charles, farmer
Joyner James, grocer, & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Judson Margaret (Mrs.), boarding school for ladies, Malvern house
Keen Alfred, linen draper & grocer
Keen James, shoe maker & organist parish church
Keyte Charles, wheelwright, Paxford
Keyte Richard, fishmonger
Ladbrook David, baker
Ledbetter William, shoe maker
Legge William, farmer
Lovett Enoch, estate foreman
Lovett John, farmer, Dorn
Meadows Thomas Martin, farmer, Upton wold
Morris Charles W. surgeon, Manor house
Osborn James, Bell inn

Paintin James, baker & miller (water)
Peebles Charles (Mrs.), farmer, Paxford
Pocock William, mineral water manufr
Powell John, tailor
Powell Susan (Mrs.), baker & tea dealer, Post office
Price Henry, wine & spirit agent
Randall Samuel, miller (water), Pye mill, PaxfordRandall William, shoe makerReynolds John, farmer, Paxford
Reynold Joseph Crescens, farmer & landowner, Paxford
Roberts -, farmer, Wellacre farm
Rouse John, baker
Rowley William, sergeant of police
Sharp John, baker, collector of rates & assessor of taxes, Paxford
Slatter Jas., landowner & farmer, Paxford
Smith Harry, shopkeeper
Smith Thomas, millwright
Smith William, millwright
Smith William B, carpenter
Solloway Charles, farmer, Draycott
Solloway Major, cattle dealer
Spencer Henry Montagu, agent to Lady Northwick, Cotswold house
Spenser -, farmer, Draycott
Tarplett Thomas, baker, Paxford
Taylor Owen, frmr. Elboro frm, Draycott
Timms John, farmer, Dorn
Trinder Harry, gmekpr. to Lady Northwick
Turvey William, haulier
Wake Albt. linen drpr. & insurance agnt
Warner James, farmer
Webb Richard, baker
Westmacott Hy. bldr. sexton & coal mer
Wheatcroft Alfd. miller (water), Paxford
Wheateroft Henry, farmer,
Wheeler Robert, saddler & bus proprietor & agent to the G. W. Railway
Wilks Alfd. farmer, Ditchford Hill frm
Williams Job, shopkeeper

Gilbert Rev. William, Vicarage
Camden Joseph, farmer
Fisher Charles, shopkeeper & blacksmith
Hows Richard W. farmer
Purser Richard, farmer
Rogers William, farmer
Simmons Joseph, farmer
Wiggins Edwin, farmer

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