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chancel, and the rest fifteenth century. On the tympanum of the principal door is a crowned figure in the act of benediction, supposed to he the Saviour, surrounded by symbols of the Evangelists. There are 170 seats, including a gallery which will hold about forty; one-third of the sittings free. Rev. J. H, Whiteley rector; value of living, 135.


"PEN" (the head of) "dock" (the dyke), there being a trench extending across the parish to Corse Lawn and Castle Morton, which probably formed a British or Saxon boundary line of certain tribes whose habitat was at the S.E. of the Malvern chain of hills. Ihe parish and its church are sufficiently attractive to an antiquary. Early Norman, if not Saxon, work will be found in the church, which has semicircular doorways, a piscina with triangular head or canopy, portion of chancel arch of same date, the doorway fo the rood loft, remains of the screen, cylindrical font, and pre-reformation seats. The site around the church appears to have been once occupied by extensive buildings, and Roman coins have been found on the edge of the dyke. Near here is a house called "The Prior's Court" (occupied by Mr. James Clark), which, as the manor in ancient times belonged to the Church of Worcester, waa no doubt the court or manor-house of the Prior of Worcester Monastery.

Rev. W. S. Symonds, the eminent geologist, is lord of the manor, patron and incumbent of the living; and Major Martin is also a landowner. Value of the rectory, 312; population, 329; church accommodation, 120; free seats, 60. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The acreage of the parish is 1,143, and the employment of the people entirely agricul-