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Footpath: Bretforton Road to Birmingham Road (including Packs Lane)

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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.


Grid Reference: 072437 to 073443

This footpath, which is today a public right of way, is on land which was once part of Aldington. It did not feature on the 1807 Aldington Enclosure Map Map, nor is it mentioned in the Award Schedules. This may have been just an oversight, or it was probably because the path crossed over only old enclosures rather than common land. There does, however, appear to be a small dotted line running across Black Band Ground from the bridge over the brook, in an easterly direction to the boundary with Edward Wilson’s land in Badsey. This was possibly to allow Edward Wilson access via the bridge to his land which he owned just across the brook in Offenham. The footpath features on an estate map of 1825 showing land in Aldington and Offenham owned by the Reverend Thomas Williams. The track follows the boundary between the fields once known as Hither Parks and Far Parks, then across Black Bank Meadow to the Brook, and then into land in Offenham (now part of Badsey).

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.

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.

Hither Parks (Aldington Map A019), Far Parks (Aldington Map A018), Black Bank Meadow (Aldington Map A016) and Black Bank Ground (Aldington Map A017)

This land, south of the brook and north of the present-day Bretforton Road, originally formed the eastern-most extent of Aldington Farm which had been owned by the Foley family since the 17th century. In 1805, George Day bought the farm from Thomas, Lord Foley. In June 1806, a full year before the Aldington Enclosure Act was passed, The Reverend Thomas Williams entered into an agreement with George Day: "….. after reciting that the said Thomas Williams and George Day had each of them freehold estates in Aldington aforesaid and that the said Thomas Williams had also freehold estates in the parishes of Offenham and Badsey in the county of Worcester part of which lay adjoining to the estate of the said George Day situate in the hamlet of Aldington and reciting that the proprietors of lands in the hamlet of Aldington had it in contemplation to inclose the open and common fields and other commonable and waste land within the said hamlet and in case the said inclosure should take effect it would be much to the advantage of the said Thomas Williams and George Day to make exchanges of part of their said estates it was mutually agreed by and between the said parties thereto and their respective heirs executors and administrators that in case the said Inclosure should take effect the said Thomas Williams should receive in exchange for his lands in Aldington so much of the under-mentioned lands of the said George Day as should in the judgement of the Commissioner or Commissioners to be appointed for making the said Inclosure be a full equivalent to the said Thomas Williams for the lands and hereditaments in the said hamlet of Aldington ..…" In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, the exchange with George Day was formally agreed and this plot of land was allotted to the Reverend Thomas Williams: "To and for the Reverend Thomas Williams, All those several pieces or parcels of old Inclosed Land next hereinafter described (that is to say), Black Bank Meadow containing five acres one rood and sixteen perches, Black Bank Ground containing six acres and four perches, Far Parks otherwise Flax Ground containing thirteen acres two roods and four perches, Hither Parks otherwise Flax Ground, containing thirteen acres three roods and twenty perches, which said four Closes adjoin to each other and contain thirty-eight acres three roods and four perches, bounded on the North by the Parish of Offenham, on the East by old Inclosures of Badsey, on the South by the Bretforton Turnpike Road, and on the West by the Closes called the Hanging Grounds belonging to the said George Day." After Reverend Williams’ death in 1829, it passed by inheritance to the Allies family, who then sold it in 1864 to Joseph Woodward, the agent of the estate. Woodward in turn sold the Aldington part of the estate in 1866 (Lot 2) to William Henry Ashwin of Bretforton, whose grandfather, James, had bought the remaining part of Aldington Farm from George Day in 1808, so the estate was restored to its former size. It remained in the Ashwin family until 1912 when the land was split into smaller lots. Houses began to be built either side of the start of the footpath within a decade.

Blackminster Meadow (Offenham Map 182) and Barn Ground (Offenham Map 181)

This land was owned from at least the 18th century by the Wilson family. In 1806, Francis Wilson of Kempsey passed all 35 acres of his land at Offenham to his son, Edward Wilson (not Edward Wilson, Lord of the Manor of Badsey, but a distant cousin); the tenant was John Ballard. In 1841, at the time of the Offenham Tithe Map, Edward Wilson is recorded as the owner and the tenant was Charles Drury. The piece of land nearest the brook was called Blackminster Meadow, used as pasture, and the value was £0 0s 0d. The piece of land nearest the road was called Barn Ground, used as arable, and the value was £3 4s 0d. A thatch barn, standing on staddle-stones, was situated to the west of the path, close to the Birmingham Road (or Blackminster Lane as it was then known). William Parker was the tenant in the 1850s. Edward Wilson died in 1860 and, after his wife Sophia’s death in 1861, it passed to Sophia’s niece, Victoria Montague Angle. In 1863, Victoria, by now married to Robert Payne, sold all the land at Offenham to Joseph Woodward for £2,430. Joseph Woodward in turn sold it as Lot 3 at an auction at The Northwick Arms Hotel, Evesham, in 1866 to William Henry Ashwin. The land remained in the Ashwin family until 1912 when it was sold at auction as Lots 20, 21 and 22. Barn Ground was bought by William Mustoe and, for much of the first part of the 20th century, it was known as Mustoe’s Barn. During the 1930s it stood empty and children used to go there and play. The barn was pulled down some time after the Second World War.

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.