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Among the worthies contributed to society by the Lenches was William Nicholls, a labourer, who died some years ago at the age of 101. He was descended from Richard Nugent, student of Magdalen College, Oxford, in the reign of James I, and one of the distinguished poets of that period. A Mrs. Turner in 1796 died at Church Lench, at the still riper age of 110. Francis Huband, of Mouse Lench, was fined 12 for not taking the order of knighthood temp. Charles I.

Lindridge,Pensax, Knighton, and Newnham.

MIDWAY between Tenbury and the Hundred House, Lindridge parish has a population of about 1,760. Pensax and Knighton were formerly chapelries to Lindridge, but are now independent perpetual curacies, and Newnham belongs to Knighton. Pensax has a population of 503; Knighton, 570. Agricultural pursuits generally, with a few collieries in Pensax. Chief crops grown, fruit, hops, and grain. Fine pastures by Teme side. Principal landowners, Mr. Wallace (who has recently purchased Sir Wm. Smith's estate at Eardiston), Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Adams, and Major Winnington; and among the resident gentry are Mrs. Wheeler, at Newnham, and Mr. Higginbottom, at Pensax. The Dean and Chapter of Worcester are patrons of the living ; value, 450; Rev. C. W. Landor vicar. Pensax and Knighton worth 100 each; accommodation in mother church, 245; free seats, 25. Church stands on a commanding position, overlooking some of the most lovely Teme scenery. It was erected in 1861, on the foundations of the old one, but on an enlarged and more elaborate plan, so that Lindridge can