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glebe and small money payments in lieu of tithes. Church accommodation, 120, of which forty sittings are free. The vicarage house is probably one of the oldest in the county, built most likely for the first vicar just after the Reformation. The present vicar intends to re-build it. A school and house are also about to be erected.

Nonconformity and Dissent were established here in the seventeenth century. Rowland Dennis, the Vicar, was a drunken and irreverent beast, who was expelled from his office of minor canon of Worcester Cathedral, and greatly damaged the cause of the Church in his own parish; and we read of parents being torn from their children and sent to the county gaol "for not coming to ye church." In 1744 the house of Thomas Baker, at Himbleton, was licensed for Baptists. There is no Dissenting chapel here now. There are no resident gentry in the parish, and the chief landowners are the Earl of Shrewsbury; W. Laslett, Esq., of Abberton Hall; R. P. Amphlett, Esq., J.P., of Wychbold Hall; Edward Bearcroft, Esq., of Mere Hall; the Ecclesiastical Commissioners; Henry Bearcroft, Esq., of the Moorlands, Hanbury; the vicar of Himbleton; Mr. Davenport, of Quinton; Mrs. Davies, of Stourbridge; Mrs. Marshall, of Phepson; and T. Galton, Esq., of Hadzor House. Glove sewing employs some of the female population, and lime-burning is carried on to some extent.


THREE miles from Worcester, on the Droitwich road. Its successive owners were the great Norman Urso, the Beauchamps, Solley, Nash, Walford, Abingdon or Habingdon, Comptoo, Berkeley, Southwell, Allsopp. From the great Norman it thus descended to the great brewer, who has