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Noake's Guide to Worcestershire 1868

John Noake was one of the prolific writers on Worcestershire of the Nineteenth Century, working with the County's archives, newspapers and church papers. In this Guide, Noake gives a few paragraphs to each town and village. His comments on the church reflect the main interest of Victorian visitors, as well as offering the possibility of tea at the vicarage! Remember that developments in the techniques of history and archaeology and the availability of many more documents in recent times has rendered some of the information doubtful or incorrect. But Noake has an interesting style and his writing is worth reading.

title pageAbberley Abberton Abbot's Lench Abbot's Morton Acton Beauchamp Alderminster Alvechurch Areley Kings Astley Aston,White Ladies Atch Lench Badsey Belbroughton Bengeworth Beoley Berrow and Birtsmorton Besford Bewdley Birlingham Birtsmorton Bishampton Blockley Bockleton Bransford Bredicot Bredon Bretforton Broadwas Broadway Bromsgrove Broome Broughton Hackett Bushley Castlemorton Chaceley Chaddesley Corbett Churchill, Kidderminster Churchill, Worcester Church Honeybourne Church Lench Cleeve Prior Clent Clifton-on-Teme Cofton Hackett The Combertons Cotheridge Crediton Croome D'Abitot The Croomes Cropthorne Crowle Daylesford Defford-cum-Besford Doddenham Dormstone Doverdale Droitwich Dudley Earl's Croome Eastham Eckington Edvin Loach Eldersfield Elmley Castle Elmley Lovett Evenlode Evesham Feckenham Fladbury Flyford Flavell Frankley Grafton Flyford Great Comberton Great Hampton Great Witley Grimley Hadzor Hagley Halesowen Hallow The Hamptons Hampton Lovett Hanley Castle The Hanleys Hanbury Hartlebury Harvington, Evesham Himbleton Hindlip Holt Honeybourne Huddington Inkberrow Kempsey Kidderminster King's Norton Kington Knighton Knightwick Kyre Leigh The Lenches Lenchwick Lindridge Little Comberton Little Hampton Little Witley The Littletons Longdon Madresfield Malvern Mamble and Bayton Martin Hussingtree Martley Mathon Middle Littleton Naunton Beauchamp Newland Newnham North Littleton North Piddle Northfield Norton and Lenchwick Norton-juxta-Kempsey Oddingley Offenham Oldberrow Oldswinford Ombersley Orleton Overbury Pedmore Pendock Pensax Peopleton Pershore Pirton Powick Redditch Redmarley Ribbesford Ripple Rock Rous Lench Rushock Salwarpe Sedgberrow Severn Stoke The Shelsleys Sherrif's Lench Shipston Shrawley South Littleton Spetchley Stanford Staunton Stock and Bradley Stockton Stoke Prior Stone Stourbridge Stoulton Stourport Strensham Suckley Tardebigge Tenbury Tibberton Upton-on-Severn Upton Snodsbury Warndon Welland White Ladies Aston Wichenford Wickhamford Witley Wolverley Worcester Wribbenhall Yardley

The pages have been scanned in from a store copy kindly loaned for the purpose to Worcester Writers' Circle by Worcestershire County Council from Worcester Library. The condition of the book was poor, which accounts for the untidy appearance of some of the pages, though the loose binding made it easier to keep it flat on the scanner. ABBY FineReader Optical Character Recognition software was used to produce a good approximation of the text. Some of this has been edited, but the process will take some time, so most of it is presented as it came out. This may help to decode what you cannot see clearly in the pictures, and enables search engines to find the pages.


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