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274 MARTLEY.

There is absolutely nothing historically interesting about Martin Hussingtrce, but the late incumbent was a remarkable man. Rev. G. Williams, who died in 1853, was perhaps the oldest incumbent in the diocese; he had held the living ever since 1790, had constantly resided in the parsonage-house daring all that long term, and had not been absent from the service of his own church more than six or seven Sundays until his final illness. In the ancient pastime of bowling at Hadley Green he was nulli secundus, and was beloved as a father by his parishioners. When inducted to the living he brewed some XXX, a bottle of which he produced every year at his tithe audit, and which, I believe, just lasted in this way for the whole period of his incumbency, (R.I.P.)

Martley.

EIGHT miles north of Worcester. Rich in all kinds of grain, hops, fruit, pasturage, gardens, and timber. Employment of people, agriculture and lime-works, tan-yard and gloving. Population, 1,298; acreage, 4,332. Earl Dudley is lord of the manor, and the other chief landowners are Dr. Nash and the representatives of the late Mr. W. Dowding. The rectory is one of the most valuable in the diocese, being worth 1,050 ; Rev. H. J. Hastings patron and rector. With such a "fat" living more ought to have been done for the church, which is not in the condition one would like to see it in these days of renovation and zeal for God's house. It has a chancel, nave, and western tower, with some Norman and fourteenth and fifteenth century work. Bar effigy of a Mortimer and other interesting monuments may be seen here. Church accommodation, 461; free seats, 261.

The Berrow Hill, which has an ancient entrenchment on it, is the great feature of this parish. From its top the views