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Footpath: Main Street to Badsey Road

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Roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington

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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.

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Photos taken 2006.

MAIN STREET TO BADSEY ROAD (Aldington Map Parcel No H)

Grid Reference: 063441 to 059437

In 1807, at the time of the Aldington Enclosure Act, a footpath ran from the current-day Main Street, south-west to the current-day Badsey Road: "Also one other Public Footpath of the breadth of four feet leading out of the Village of Aldington at Pitwell Road on the South side thereof near Newland Butts and passing first in a West and then in a South direction in or near its usual track into through and over the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird and the Allotment herein Awarded to the Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees under the said Dean and Chapter, to the Turnpike Road leading from Bengworth to Bretforton, being part of the Public Footpath from Aldington to Bengworth." This footpath is erroneously marked on the Enclosure Map. There appears to be a faint mark on the map showing the course of a path, but this is too far to the west. The true course of the footpath is visible on the 1880 1st edition Ordnance Survey map and is extant on the modern Ordnance Survey map, unchanged from that time. It leaves Main Street on the bend opposite Hillside, runs west for a short time and then south, emerging on to Badsey Road just to the east of the bend in the road.  Its current route matches the transcription description exactly. The path is known as The Furrows.

A Farming Survey map of 1944 shows the tenants for this area of land which was held under the Evesham Custom.

Here is a description of a walk along the path today. [LINK TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE.] The following paragraphs give an historical description of ownership of the land over which the path passes.

Aldington Map A021

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, this plot of land was allotted to Thomas Byrd as his first allotment: "To and for Thomas Bird, Gentleman, all those three several pieces or parcels of Land and hereinafter mentioned and described (that is to say), All that piece or parcel of Land situate in Newland Piece, Newland Butts, the Seven Lands, Styers Knap Furlong and places adjacent containing eighty acres two roods and fifteen perches, bounded on the North-East by Pitwell Road, on part of the East by the second Allotment, and on part of the South and on part of the East by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Edward Laugher, on other part of the South and on the remaining part of the East by the Allotment herein Awarded to the said Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees as aforesaid, on other parts of the South and on parts of the West by Bengworth new Inclosures, and the remaining part of the West by the Littleton Turnpike Road. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the North-East against Pitwell Road, those on the East at Newland Butts against the Allotment herein Awarded to the said Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees as aforesaid, and those on the West against the last mentioned Turnpike Road."

Aldington Map A006

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, the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church was made the following allotment: "To the most honourable the Marchioness of Downshire and Baroness Sandys and Sir John Dashwood King, Baronet, or one of them who is or are intitled under a lease from the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the foundation of King Henry VIII for the remainder of a term of twenty-one years to the Tythe of Hay arising and becoming due within the said Hamlet of Aldington, All that piece or parcel of Land situate in the furlong shooting against the Bretforton Turnpike Road, Newland Butts and places adjacent, containing nine acres two roods and fourteen perches, bounded on part of the West and on part of the North by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird, on the remaining part of the North by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Edward Laugher, on the East by the first Allotment Awarded to the said Curate as aforesaid, on part of the South by the Bretforton Turnpike Road, and on the remaining parts of the West and South by Bengworth new Inclosures. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the North and East sides and on the South against the said Turnpike Road." The land still belonged to Christ Church at the end of the 19th century. In 1836, when the land was valued, it was occupied by Joseph Taylor who grew wheat on the land; the land was described as poor. In 1896, the Dean and Chapter granted the Evesham Rural District Council the right to lay a water pipe across Aldington Furrows for a rent of 5s a year. Many parishioners in Badsey and Aldington had been opposed to a piped water supply feeling it was an unnecessary luxury, but it was not long before the pipe was laid.

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.