Enclosure map project

The Drift, Badsey

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Roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington

Link to WCC GIS map
Click on the image above to see this road on the Worcestershire County Council GIS website with the digitised historical maps. Click on the image below to view the original enclosure map.
enclosure map

Photos taken 2006. Aerial photo: a7083


This development of five terraced houses and two detached bungalows (numbers 1-7) was built about 1989 on the site of an old builders’ yard, off Old Post Office Lane. Here are details about the planning application for The Drift (link to be added).

The road is called The Drift because the Parish Council of the day identified a reference to "drift" in an area slightly to the east of the site and, in order to perpetuate the name in the village, it was decided to give the new development this name. The Badsey Award schedules make six references to "drift way" (a road over which cattle are driven), so possibly this was what the Council had in mind.

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Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Badsey Map G032)

In 1812, at the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act, this plot of land was an old enclosure which belonged to Elizabeth Ballard. It was part of the garden of her house and homestead and amounted to 0a 3r 13p. During the first part of the 20th century, the land was used as a Market Gardener’s holding and it is believed it was owned by the Wheatley family. From 1956 to 1970, it was used as a builder’s yard owned by John Sutton, an Evesham man. After John Sutton’s death, it was sold to Norpe Saunas (who make sauna baths). Norpe Sauna (who are still trading as at 2006) sold the yard and office in about 1989 and moved their base elsewhere. The land was then used for housing development.

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 9 July 2013. Email History@badsey.net.