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Oak Close, Badsey

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Photos taken 2006. Aerial photo: a7172


Oak Close is situated partly on land which has always belonged to Badsey and partly on land which belonged to Aldington until 1921. Oak Close is a private development of 15 houses (five detached and ten semi-detached) built in the 1960s as a cul-de-sac off the Birmingham Road; the numbers are 1-15. Here are details about the planning application for Oak Close (link to be added).

It is so-called because of its proximity to The Royal Oak pub as it was then called (now The Round o’ Gras). By the mid 20th century, all the land on which Oak Close is now situated was in the ownership of George Henry (Harry) Stewart and was used as orchard and arable land.

Northern Section – 1, 2, 3, 4 (Badsey Map G077)

In 1812, at the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act, this plot of land was an old enclosure which belonged to Edward Wilson, being part of Badsey Manor Farm. It was called Upper Nether Field and amounted to 3a 0r 35p. In 1842, Edward Wilson mortgaged Upper Netherfield Close as it was called by then, and which had combined with the neighbouring field to the south which he had been awarded in 1815. On 23rd July 1866, Edward Wilson sold the land at an auction at The Northwick Arms Hotel, Evesham, in Lot 3 (the measurement was now given as 3a 2r 23p). It was sold to George Hunt, but he in turn sold it to William Henry Ashwin of Bretforton Manor in November 1866. In a small, leather-bound notebook, dated 28th October 1875, William Ashwin detailed every type of apple grown in his orchards (around 64 varieties) and also had a section called "Orchards planted recently, with description of trees", with the following description: "Upper Netherfield is an orchard in the parish of Badsey of 3a 2r 15p which I purchased from Mr George Hunt 19th November 1866. It then contained only four old apple trees and I planted it with apples and pears of mixed varieties (the names of which I did not know). Some of the trees were obtained from Joseph Jones of Badsey and others from my own stock in the gardens at Bretforton and Aldington. The orchard was planted in the winter of 1867 or rather in February 1868." It remained in the ownership of the Ashwin family until 1912 when it was sold at auction, along with the rest of the Ashwin estate, on 10th June 1912 at The King’s Head Hotel, Evesham. This field, together with the field to the north, Lower Nether Field, was sold as part of Lot 2.

West Side – 5, 6 (Badsey Map G077 and W014; Aldington Map A018)

The present-day houses 5 and 6 are at the intersection of three of the plots of land which make up Oak Close (see descriptions above and below for G077 and A018). The southern part of the houses are covered by the following plot (W014), which, in 1815, at the time the Badsey Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, this plot of land (0a 2r 14p) was awarded to Edward Wilson as his third allotment: "Also all that other Allotment situate at Broad Corner containing two roods and fourteen perches, bounded on the East by the Bretforton Road, on the West by the Hamlet of Aldington, and on the North by old Inclosures belonging to the said Edward Wilson." Rather confusingly, by 1866, when Edward Wilson sold all his estate, this land was part of Lower Nether Field; Broad Corner was used to describe the large field of 40 acres which had been allotted to Edward Wilson further east, on the south side of Bretforton Road.

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South Side - 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Aldington Map A018)

This part of Oaks Close is on land which used to belong to Aldington until 1921. It was an old enclosure called Far Parks which belonged to George Day, Lord of the Manor of Aldington, and formed part of Aldington Farm which he had bought from Lord Foley in 1805. 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. This southern part of Oak Close was situated in Lot 2.

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.