this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But
it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Thus quoted Badsey
Society Chairman, Will Dallimore, when he welcomed everyone to a
birthday celebration at Badsey First School. The special occasion
was to mark the end of the two-year long project funded by Local
Heritage Initiative to study Badsey and Aldington’s development
since the time of enclosure 200 years ago when the first detailed
maps of the parish were produced. He stressed, that, although it
was the end of the project in terms of the grant money, in many
ways it was just the beginning, because there was still so much
more to find out about Badsey’s history.
120 guests packed into the School Hall for the bicentenary celebrations.
Committee members Ian Gibson and Neil Thould greeted guests with
a glass of wine on arrival. Meanwhile, as guests mingled before
the start of the programme, talented pianist, Linda Core, entertained
guests with music from the early 19th century, which included music
by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), the Italian-born composer who spent
the final years of his life in Evesham.
Dallimore then introduced Maureen Spinks, Project Manager. Maureen
outlined some of the project findings and reminded people of the
time two years ago when framed copies of the 200-year-old maps were
unveiled. At the same time, a very 21st century perspective was
brought to the maps, something that the Enclosure Commissioners
and map-makers of 200 years ago could not have begun to dream about.
Working in partnership with Worcestershire Archaeological Service,
the maps had been digitised making it possible to view the historical
maps in comparison with the modern-day Ordnance Survey maps. Richard
Phillips thanked Maureen for her efforts in leading the Society
in the project and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by
Bryant and Maggi Noke from Worcestershire Historic Environment &
Archaeological Service then spoke about their part in the project.
Maureen thanked Victoria and Maggi for their contributions and said
that it had been a pleasure to work with them over the past two
years. And to ensure that they never forgot Badsey, she presented
them with an Enclosure Map tea towel, designed by Ian Gibson.
then handed over to Richard Phillips, without whose expertise Badsey
would not have such a superb village website, which must surely
be one of the best of its kind in the country. Richard gave a very
clear and concise demonstration of how to get the most out of the
Badsey website, using Mill Lane as an example.
evening’s talks were concluded with a presentation by Mike Lovatt
about the bridges and water-courses in the village an amazing 31
bridges in the two parishes at the last count. And then, the moment
people had been waiting for, the cutting of the cake by special
guests, Bernard and Mike Hewlett. Mike and Bernard are the only
known present-day Badsey residents who are direct descendants of
a landowner marked on the Enclosure Map. Their great-great-great-grandmother,
Elizabeth Ballard, owned what is now 5 Old Post Office Lane, as
well as some strips of land where the Round of Gras is now situated.
Ian Gibson, who designed the cake, produced a family tree to show
were then free to wander round the exhibition which featured house
history displays, over 300 aerial photographs of the village, and
clips from the Society’s asparagus and forthcoming orchard DVD.
Pupils from Blackminster Middle School and Prince Henry’s High School
were available to offer assistance in viewing the Badsey website
on the school’s computers.
from the Badsey Society website with thanks to Will Dallimore.)