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Footpath: Sands Lane to Willersey Road

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SANDS LANE TO WILLERSEY ROAD (R7)

Grid Reference: 074427 to 080422

At the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act, this existed as a public footpath over what had primarily been common land, but also over land belonging to Edward Wilson: "One public Foot Path of the breadth of four feet marked No 7 on the said plan, commencing at the Carriage Road and Drift Way herein after described marked No 11 near to an Old Inclosure belonging to Edward Wilson Esquire called Bully Brook Close in Greenhills Bush Furlong and extending in a Southwardly direction in its usual track until it communicates with the Willersey Road at the Drain."

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.

North of brook – Sand Field (Badsey Map W038)

In 1815, when the Badsey Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, this piece of land was allotted to the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church as their first allotment: "Unto the very Reverend the Dean and Chapter of the Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford and their Lessees John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter as Impropriate Rectors of the Parish and Parish Church of Badsey aforesaid and their successors according to their several and respective estates, rights and interests therein for and in lieu of certain portions of the Great Tythes, All those six several Allotments or parcels of Land next herein after awarded, that is to say, All that Allotment of Land situate in the Sand Field containing twelve acres one rood and eight perches including the private Road leading over the same and bounded on the East by old Inclosures and an Allotment herein after awarded to the said Thomas Byrd, an Allotment herein after awarded to William Wilson and an old Inclosure herein after given in Exchange to the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees, on the South by the said last mentioned Inclosure and an old Inclosure belonging to the said Edward Wilson, on the West by an old Inclosure belonging to the said Edward Wilson, and an Allotment herein after awarded to John Jones, on the North by the said last mentioned Allotment and old Inclosures belonging to the said Edward Wilson and Thomas Byrd." The land is still owned by Christ Church to this day.

North of brook – Vicars Ley Orchard (Badsey Map G116)

In 1812, this was an old enclosure owned by Edward Wilson. It was called Vicars Ley Orchard and amounted to 2a 1r 20p and was the southern extension of Bully Brook Close as described in the road description. On 23rd July 1866, Edward Wilson sold the land at an auction at The Northwick Arms Hotel, Evesham, in Lot 5 (the measurement was given as 1a 3r 13p). According to the conditions of sale, it appears that in 1851 Bully Brook was straightened and small portions of the lands lying on each side of the old watercourse were mutually conveyed by and to Edward Wilson and his Mortgagee on the one hand, and Robert Allies, Esq, the adjoining proprietor, on the other (this appears to be part of W065 which had been allotted to the Reverend Thomas Williams in 1815, and had passed by inheritance to Robert Allies).

South of brook – Bully Brook Field (Badsey Map W065 and W064)

In 1815, when the Badsey Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, these two parcels of land were allotted to the Reverend Thomas Williams: "Also all that other Allotment situate in Bully Brook Field containing forty-four acres three roods and two perches, bounded by the fifth Allotment herein awarded to the said John Slatter, Bully Brook Close, the first Allotment herein awarded to the said Edward Wilson, Vicars Ley Orchard, Abrahams Well Close late belonging to the said Thomas Burrowes and Susannah his wife, the second Allotment herein before awarded to the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees for Rectorial Tythes, the Allotment herein before awarded to the said Thomas Williams for Tythes, the Willersey Road, the third Allotment herein before awarded to the said John Slatter, the Allotment herein before awarded to the said Edward Savage, and an Allotment herein before awarded to the said William Wilson, an old Inclosure belonging to the said Thomas Williams." He was also allotted the following: "Unto the said Thomas Williams and his Heirs and the Person or Persons who are entitled to the same for an in lieu of the Great and Small Tythes arising renewing and increasing in and upon One Half Yard Land now in the possession of the said Thomas Williams, All that Allotment situate in Bully Brook Field containing four acres and eight perches, bounded on the East by an Allotment herein awarded to the Dean and Chapter and their Lessees the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter and Hancocks Close, on the South by the Willersey Road, and on the West and North by an Allotment herein after awarded to the said Thomas Williams." Thomas Williams died in 1829 and the land passed by inheritance to the Allies family, remaining in their ownership until about the 1860s. In 1866, when Edward Wilson sold the adjoining land, Joseph Woodward was down as the owner, who had been the agent for the Thomas Williams’ estate. It was then bought by John Pickup Lord, who died in 1877, but whose executors administered the estate for some time. It remained part of the Lord & Parker estate until 1950.

East of the footpath (not on public land), there were three old enclosures, north of the brook, G115, G114 and G113, and land which was allotted to Christ Church, W050.

North of brook – Abrahams Well Close (Badsey Map G115)

In 1812, this was an old enclosure owned by John Procter, which he had bought from Thomas and Susanna (née Seward) Burrowes. It was called Abrahams Well Close and amounted to 3a 3r 1p. It was exchanged to Christ Church in 1815: "And the said Commissioners hereby assign … in Exchange for, All that Close or Inclosed Ground herein after described, that is to say, Unto and for the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, All that Close or Inclosed Ground of him the said John Procter called Burrowes and Abrahams Well Close containing three acres three roods and one perch in lieu of and in Exchange for the said fifth Allotment herein awarded to the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter." The land is still owned by Christ Church to this day.

North of brook – Abrahams Well Close (Badsey Map G114)

In 1812, this was an old enclosure owned by William Wilson. It was called Abrahams Well Close and amounted to 4a 1r 24p. William Wilson died in 1818 and it passed by inheritance to his son, William George Wilson. In 1842, William Junior sold this and all his other land (amounting to 76 acres in total) to James Ashwin of Bretforton of Bretforton for £3290 10s 0d. At some stage, James Ashwin sold this to William and Mary Collett. On 10th July 1865, at the Cross Keys Inn, Evesham, following the death of Mary Collett, it was sold at public auction: "All that Close of Arable Land, called Abraham Well Close, containing 4a 1r 24p or thereabouts, situate in or near Badsey field, in the parish of Badsey, and now in the occupation of Mrs Ingles. This land is of a most superior quality, and is bounded by the Christ Church Estates, of which Messrs Slatter are the lessees, and by land of Mr Joseph Jones." It was bought by Christ Church. Christ Church were thus able to consolidate their landholding in this part of the parish and built an access road, 10 feet wide, for carts. In the early 20th century, there were frequent disputes as to whether this was a public right of way, and the gate was often kept locked.

North of brook – Abrahams Well Meadow (Badsey Map G113)

In 1812, this was an old enclosure owned by William Wilson. It was called Abrahams Well Meadow and amounted to 4a 3r 38p. It was exchanged to Christ Church in 1815: "And the said Commissioners assign allot and award in Exchange to the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter and their Heirs All that Inclosed Meadow called Abrahams Well Meadow containing four acres three roods and thirty-eight perches and also all that part or parcel of old Inclosed Meadow called Condercup Meadow containing two acres and twenty perches in lieu of and in Exchange for the said third and fourth Allotments herein awarded in Exchange to the said William Wilson and his Heirs." The land is still owned by Christ Church to this day.

South of brook – Field containing Abrahams Well (Badsey Map W050)

This field was awarded by the Badsey Enclosure Commissioners in 1815 to the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, in lieu of tithes: "Also all that other Allotment situate in the Meerden, Foxhill and Bully Brook Fields containing one hundred and ten acres three roods and four perches including the private Road across the same, bounded on the East by an Allotment herein after awarded to the said John Jones, the Parish of Bretforton, an Allotment herein after awarded to John Slatter and an old Inclosure herein after given in Exchange to the said John Slatter, on the South by the said last mentioned Allotment and old Inclosures, by an old Inclosure called Hancocks Close herein after given in Exchange to the said Dean and Chapter and their Lessees the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, on the West by an Allotment herein after awarded to the said Charles Phillott and certain old Inclosures received by him in Exchange, by the said Hancocks Close, an Allotment herein after awarded to the said Thomas Williams and an old Inclosure called Abrahams Well Meadow herein after given in Exchange to the said Dean and Chapter and their said Lessees, and on the North by Bully Brook and the third Allotment herein after awarded to the said John Jones." By 1839, it had been split into eight closes, growing the following:

  • 1 Clover Ley 12a 0r 0p
  • 2 Clover Ley 8a 0r 0p
  • 3 Beans 22a 0r 0p
  • 4 Wheat 20a 0r 0p
  • 5 Barley 14a 0r 0p
  • 6 Wheat 10a 0r 0p
  • 7 Turnips 7a 0r 0p
  • 8 Fallow 17a 3r 4p

The land is still owned by Christ Church to this day. In the 20th century, the tenant, Samuel Gresty, improved the Abrahams Well area for access, making a cobbled slipway and a reservoir and trough. The water in the well was rumoured to have wonderful properties for eye troubles.

 

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.