Badsey Society Publications
The Badsey Society
exists to promote the understanding and study of the parish and village
of Badsey, including Aldington, and the surrounding area. The people,
history, archaeology, folklore, flora, fauna and geology of the area
are all possible areas of activity, which may take the form of meetings,
walking tours, talks, education and publication.
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Written by T C Sparrow
144 pages. More
than 100 photographs, maps and illustrations. Second edition rewritten
with an extra chapter and appendices.
Published by the
Badsey Society, 2002.
Here is information
on how to order.
A talking book version
is available for blind or partially-sighted people. Details may be obtained
from Mr Jim Swingler, Birkdale, Broadway Road, Childswickham, Broadway
WR12 7HD, England, telephone 01386 853602.
A Brief History
of Badsey and Aldington
readable book is everything a local history should be rural characters
spring to life from its scholarly pages and the passing events of two
millennia in a peaceful corner of the Vale of Evesham are retailed with
an abundance of illustrations, many now appearing for the first time.
Anyone who has ever lived in, or known, Badsey and Aldington cannot
afford to miss this unique chronicle of village life which, thankfully,
has been recorded for posterity, with great dedication, by a lifelong
inhabitant of Badsey.
Sparrow, one of the original joint authors, has rewritten the book with
the support of a number of people in the villages. The Countryside Service
of Worcestershire County Council has kindly provided a grant towards
the cost of publishing the book.
THE VILLAGES AND THE ABBEY: Foundation of Evesham Abbey The Norman
Conquest Berewic of Aldington Badsey Church The Church Tower Badseys
Vicars Farming The Seyne House Registers and Accounts
2 THE VILLAGES IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN 1540-1850: The Dissolution
The Advowson and the Parson The Lord of the Manor The Churchwardens
The Constable The Road Surveyor Overseers of the Poor Population
The Wilsons The Sewards The Manor House Badsey Hall (The Stone
House) Farmhouses and Cottages The Corn Mill The Silk Mill The
Bread Charity The Enclosure Act of 1812 Badsey Church Absentee
3 THE MINISTRY OF THE REVEREND T.H.HUNT: Church Finance The Vicarage
and The Glebe Social Occasions Churchyard Purchase The Churchwardens
and the Parish Clerk The Methodist Chapel Church Restoration The
Yew Hedge A Village Cross
4 THE ADVENT OF MARKET GARDENING AND BADSEYS FIRST POPULATION EXPLOSION:
The Great Depression The Railway The Evesham Custom Crops Marketing
Aldington Manor The Birth of L.B.G. A Farm Sale Population Explosion
5 BADSEY SCHOOLS: The Baptist School Sunday Schools and Boarding
Schools The National School The Board School The Council School
6 VILLAGES IN TRANSITION: The Coming of Democratic Local Government
Badsey Parish Council Reverend Gepp and Reverend Price A Village
Fire Brigade Baptists and Quakers The Bells and Clock The 1914-1918
War A Housing Shortage The Parochial Church Council Market Gardening
The Nursing Association The 1939-1945 War
7 SPORTS AND PASTIMES: The Wake Outings and Concerts The Flower
Show The Asparagus Show Badsey Rangers Badsey "Rec" and Elsewhere
Park Cricket The Recreation Club The Royal British Legion Other
8 THE LAST HALF CENTURY: New Building The Village Identity The
Churchyard Village Hall Badsey Church Pastoral Reorganisation
Market Gardening The 21st Century
APPENDICES The Cultivation and Marketing of Asparagus Vicars of
Badsey with Aldington C Badsey School The Parish Council Badsey
and Aldington Dialect Weights and Measures.