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Badsey Road B4035, Aldington

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Roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington

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Photos taken 2006. Aerial photo: a7214

BADSEY ROAD B4035 (Aldington Map Parcel No J)

In 1807, this road was known as the Bretforton Turnpike Road. The Aldington Enclosure Commissioners described the road thus in their Award Schedules: "And we the said Commissioners do hereby certify and declare that we have not diverted changed or altered any Turnpike Road leading into through and over the Hamlet of Aldington aforesaid but have left the Turnpike Road leading from Bengworth to Bretforton of its former breadth except a small part thereof adjoining to a certain Bridge called Horse Bridge which small Path lying West of the said Bridge we have set out and continued of the breadth of forty feet." A turnpike, together with a house for the toll collector, existed further to the east on land which is now in Badsey, at the junction with the present-day Synehurst. To this day, older residents of the parish still refer to this area as The Pike although no remains of the turnpike would have existed in their lifetime. Until 1920, The Pike marked the boundary between Badsey and Aldington, but now the boundary is Badsey Brook with the bridge marking the end of the Aldington section. In 1901 it was known as Bretforton Road, but at some stage during the 20th century, all the road west of the bridge became known as Badsey Road.

The present-day Badsey Road originates in the parish of Bengeworth in Evesham at the junction with Elm Road and Offenham Road. In 1987, the Evesham section of the road was bisected by the Evesham Bypass. Whilst there are several houses in the Evesham section (both west of the Bypass and south of Badsey Road), the only housing development in the Aldington section is the house called Briarlea built at the end of the Victorian era. Badsey Road forms part of the B4035 from Evesham to Banbury. The Aldington section of the road is just over a third of a mile long.

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Briarlea Residential Home (Aldington Map A002)

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 the Curate of Badsey as his first allotment: "To and for the said Curate of the Perpetual Curacy of Badsey aforesaid and his Successors Curates as aforesaid, All those several pieces or parcels of Land, Messuages, Barn, Stables and Buildings next hereinafter mentioned and described (that is to say), All that piece or parcel of Land situate in the Halfpenny Piece, Newland Furlong, the furlong shooting against the Turnpike Road leading from Bengworth to Bretforton and places adjacent, containing thirteen acres and twenty perches, bounded on the North by the first Allotment herein Awarded to Edward Laugher, on the East by Badsey Road, on the South by the Bretforton Turnpike Road and on the West by the Allotment herein Awarded to the Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King as Lessees as aforesaid. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the North, the East and South sides thereof." Seven years later, when the Badsey Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, the Reverend Charles Phillott exchanged this land with John Procter: "And the said Commissioners assign, allot and award in Exchange to the said John Procter and his Heirs .. all those two closes or Inclosed Grounds containing thirteen acres and twenty perches called Halfpenny Close and Newland situate in the Hamlet of Aldington in the said Parish of Badsey in lieu of and in Exchange for the said sixth Allotment of the said John Procter." It passed by inheritance to the Reverend Thomas Clark who then sold the land to Thomas Byrd (1836-1919). In 1898, Thomas Byrd sold half an acre of the field called Penny Piece (in the most westerly part of the plot) to Emily Alcock. A further 1a 3r 14p adjoining was sold in 1899 to John Wilkes Rainbow. A house was built on the land in about 1900; it was initially referred to as Rainbow House but then became known as Briarlea. The land to the east was let out to tenants (in 1905, these were J Byrd, E Butler, C Heath, A Dore and J Barnard).

List of buildings in 2001

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 7 July 2013. Email History@badsey.net.