Enclosure map project

Tracks: Middle Road and Top Road, Aldington

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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.

(not featured on the Enclosure map)

Grid Reference: 064442 to 064444 and 062442 to 062443

Please note these tracks are not public rights of way.

These "roads" (tracks) were constructed in the 19th century on the western and eastern sides of a plot of land which was originally allotted to George Day but was then acquired by the Ashwin family. The roads led to the tenanted agricultural land situated at the rear of the houses and which extended as far as the brook. The tenanted land was held under the Evesham Custom. A Farming Survey map of 1944 shows the tenants for this area of land during the Second World War.

Middle Road, on the eastern side, starts from Main Street, between Elm Cottage and Fircroft, and leads through Butler’s Orchard (named after the tenant farmer at the Manor in the first half of the 20th century) which stretched from Chapel Lane to the top of the Street, and carries on northwards until it joins the public footpath from Aldington to Offenham.

Top Road, on the western side, originally started from Main Street, between Hillside and Bereta, and led along the top of all the tenanted agricultural land stretching up from the Pastures. However, since the building in 2005 of a new house, The Swallows, next to Bereta, there is no longer access. There is no longer a necessity for a track as it was never a public right of way.

Please note that these roads are not public rights of way. The following paragraph gives an historical description of ownership of the land over which the paths pass.

North of Main Street
(Aldington Map A015)

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 George Day for late Brookes: "And also unto and for the said George Day, All that piece or parcel of Land situate in the Bitton Piece, the Waste Land adjoining thereto the Upper Hundred Lands and places adjacent, containing nineteen acres and twenty-four perches, bounded on the North and part of the East by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day for the Farm, on the remaining part of the East by a Homestall and Orchard belonging to Philip Rock, on part of the South by a Cottage and Garden belonging to the said George Day, on the remaining part of the South and on the South-West by Pitwell Road aforesaid, and on the West by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird, and which Allotment the said Commissioners do hereby declare, adjudge and determine to be a fair, just and reasonable compensation to the said George Day for his Estate late Brooks’s and right of Common thereto belonging in and over the said Lands by the said Act directed to be divided and Inclosed. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the South and South-West against Pitwell Road, on the West against the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird, and on the North against the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day for the Farm." The land had previously belonged to the Brooke family who had lived in Aldington at the beginning of the 18th century. Benjamin Brooke (1690-1762), who inherited just over 30 acres, had moved to London as a young man. In 1770, Thomas Laugher, on behalf of Thomas Lord Foley (who already owned a large amount of land in Aldington), bought all of the Brookes’ estate for £432 from Robert Aisley, the grandson of Benjamin Brooke. George Day bought the majority of Lord Foley’s estate in 1805 for £7,000. On 6th October 1808, just two days after the Enclosure Awards, George Day sold this plot of land, together with all the estate bought from Lord Foley, to James Ashwin of Bretforton, for £12,000. The land remained in the Ashwin family until the latter part of the 20th century.

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.