Enclosure map project

Track: Badsey Road to Jarretts Piece

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Roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington

Link to WCC GIS map
Click on the image above to see this path on the Worcestershire County Council GIS website with the digitised historical maps. Click on the image below to view the original enclosure map.

enclosure map


Photos taken 2006.


Grid Reference: 065437 to 066433

Please note this track is not a public right of way.

In 1808, when the Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, they described a footpath leading from the current-day Badsey Road at the bridge: "And one other Public Footpath of the like breadth of four feet leading out of the Turnpike Road from Bengworth to Bretforton at a certain Bridge called Horse Bridge and passing thence in a South direction into, through and over the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said John Jones to a stile at the entrance into a certain old Inclosure called Jarretts Ground belonging to the said John Jones being part of the Public Footpath from Bretforton to Bengworth."

The very first part of this right of way, by the Horse Bridge, still exists, but thereafter the route is uncertain. The dotted line on the Enclosure map follows a route which is no longer extant on the Ordnance Survey map of 1883 and successive maps, although the outlines of a track can be seen on the ground today. It is, however, possible that the map-maker drew the path in the wrong place and that he should have shown it linking with the Monks’ Path from Badsey to Bengeworth.

There is evidence that the land in this area was occupied in Roman times. A Farming Survey map of 1944 shows the tenants for this area of land which was held under the Evesham Custom.

Please note this track is not a public right of way. The following paragraphs give an historical description of ownership of the land over which the path passes.

Land near Horse Bridge
(Aldington Map A030)

Until the early 19th century, this land was part of the common fields of Aldington. In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, John Jones was allotted this plot of land as his first allotment: "To and for John Jones, All that piece or parcel of Land situate upon the Waste Land near the Horse Bridge containing twelve perches, bounded on the North by the Bretforton Turnpike Road, on the East by the Brook, and on the South by Jarrett’s Ground belonging to the said John Jones, which Allotment lastly hereinbefore set out, allotted and Awarded, the said Commissioners do hereby declare, adjudge and determine to be a fair, just and reasonable compensation and satisfaction to the said John Jones for the right and interest in and upon the Lands by the said Private act, directed to be divided and Inclosed. The Fence for inclosing the said Allotment is that on the North side thereof." Thereafter it became incorporated with the land to the south known as Jarrett’s Piece or Ground.

Jarrett’s Piece or Under Badsey
(Aldington Map Z016)

This land, west of Badsey Brook, has been known since the early 20th century as Badsey Undergrounds or Under Badsey (a name given in the 19th century only to the land to the south), but it was, at one time known as Jarrett’s Piece or Ground after William Jarrett (1608-1681), the tenant in the mid 17th century. In 1807, at the time of the Aldington Enclosure Act, this was one of two fields known as Jarrett’s Piece, belonging to John Jones and amounting to 18a 1r 16p. John Jones had bought the land for £1128 in 1803 from Thomas, Lord Foley, Baron of Kidderminster, whose family had owned Aldington Farm and the manor of Aldington throughout the 18th century. The tenant in 1803 had been Edward Laugher and it was then referred to as Gerrards Piece, presumably a corruption of Jarrett. In 1833, John Jones sold the land to his niece, Ann Collett (née Wheeler), the daughter of his sister Mary and the widow of John Collett. After her death in 1837, the land passed to William Collett, the half-brother of her husband John. After his death in 1850, the land passed at his bequest to Edward Appelbee. In 1877, Edward’s widow, Elizabeth Appelbee, and her son Thomas sold the land to John Pickup Lord and it became part of what was known as the Wickhamford estate (although it covered land in Badsey, Aldington and Bengeworth, as well as Wickhamford). It was put up for auction in 1930, with the tenant farmers being given the option to buy, this area of land forming Lots 29 and 30. Two strips of land between Lots 29 and 30 had already been sold prior to 1930: the more northerly one to George Harwood and the more southerly one to A W Perkins.

Where they are available, links are provided to historical information about places and buildings. This index of roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington was compiled as part of the Badsey Society Enclosure Map Project. The house numbers and names are correct as at May 2006. Every care has been taken to provide accurate information, but if you are aware of any error, please contact us. If you wish to provide a history or memories of an individual house on this road, please email History@badsey.net.

Badsey is a large working village in Worcestershire, England. Aldington is a smaller village in the same parish. The Badsey Society exists to promote the understanding and study of the villages and the surrounding area. The Enclosure Map Project traces the development of the villages since the publication of enclosure maps in 1807 and 1812. The Society is grateful for a grant received from the Local Heritage Initiative.
Updated 12 July 2010. Email History@badsey.net.