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a chancel, nave, north chapel, and western tower; style, Perpendicular, with some remains of Early English work in the walls. The bells contain some curious inscriptions. Many bequests have been left in aid of the school, the poor, and the repairs of the church, which, as usual, have been the subject of much litigation. The living is valued at 210; rector, Rev. G. R. Port; church accommodation, 183 ; free seats, 91. The rector is non-resident, and the parish is in the sole charge of the Rev. C. R. Evors, rector of the adjoining parish of Kington. The people are employed entirely in agriculture. Flax was formerly grown here, and a field is still known by the name of Flax Meadow.


IN an elevated ridge or plateau on the west bank of the Severn, within three or four miles of Worcester, these two villages formed one of the most attractive possessions of the monastery of Worcester as far back as Saxon days. Here the monks sometimes resorted for health and recreation, and in the river near here was their gulf, gurges, or weir-pond for fish. An officer was specially appointed by them to look after their interests in the said fishery; he was located on an island in the Severn - a sort of river deity, or bailiff for the nymph Sabrina; and woe to all those who had the temerity to "poach on his manor." The tenantry at Hallow furnished the monastery with thirteen couples of rabbits, nineteen hernesews (young herons), and two peacocks per annum. There was a good manor-house at Grimley, which the priors of Worcester visited several times a year, in succession among their other manors. Most interesting illustrations of this are given in Prior Moore's journal (recently published in the "Monastery and Cathedral of