November had arrived and I decided to head off to Sedgeberrow on the 2nd as I was working evening shift that week and the weather forecast was favourable for that day. I hit the road with the 8.36 bus and hit Sedgeberrow at roughly 9.15. There were two targets in my sights, the War Memorial being the primary target and the church next door the secondary. Irrespective though, I had to get my photography done in an hour so as to get the bus at 10.33, if I missed that one I had an even longer wait!
The village of Sedgeberrow (Google Earth: 52.042744°, -1.964381°) in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, and about 4.8 km south of Evesham. It stands beside the River Isbourne, a tributary of the River Avon.
The Sedgebarrow War Memorial may be found at 52.045395°, -1.965749° and really comprises 2 entities: A Crucifix, described as “Crucifix in stone under a canopy set on three steps. The inscription is on the risers of the steps.”
And a wall plaque affixed to the wall of the church (unseen in the image but to the left of the crucifix).
And that was it, the rent was paid, I only had an hour to kill.
The church is called “St Mary the Virgin” and it is accessed through the lych gate.
The churchyard is still in use, but there are not too many old headstones in it, although how many are buried there is speculation. Unfortunately it was closed when I was there so I did not get to see inside. It is a grade II* structure. British Listed Buildings has the following information:
“Circa 1328-31 for Thomas of Evesham, restored 1866-8 by William Butterfield and extended in 1899…… The church was very heavily restored in 1866-68 by William Butterfield at the expense of Mary Barber in memory of her late husband, the Rev Barber.”
Next to the church is a house identified as “The Old Rectory”, I could not get to see the front of it, but it is visible from the churchyard, and has a small gate in the fence presumably for the rector to get to church on time.
Realistically I had seen what there was to see in Sedgeberrow and I decided to head back the way I had come (towards Ashton-Under-Hill), and I am afraid most of the houses are relatively new, but there were a few curious structures that caught my eye.
The typical red call box below no longer has a phone and is no longer owned by BT, and is now “maintained” by the local council.
This is the “Old School Cottage”, and I suspect the school they refer to is not the Sedgeberrow C of E First School, but I could be wrong.
There is a set of buildings that ties into what seems to be signposted as “Hall farm”, and behind it was quite a nice selection of old buildings. But, I could not access or see too much that made any sense.
And then I ran out of village!
This image was taken across the road from the signpost in the first image, and I suspect it may be Bredon Hill, but I would not put my head on a block and say it is.
It was time to turn around and head back to the bus stop, and there was 25 minutes in which to get it done by. Some more light sight seeing was in order.
And there is our war memorial. Behind the car and on the right is the “Sedgeberrow Millenium Stone”.
I am afraid I do not have an explanation yet.
Standing at the war memorial looking down Main Street is where I came in on the bus.
The white building on the right is the local pub.
And to the left of the pub is a large open playing field and treed area. I was very tempted to explore further but it was time to stand at the bus stop ready to flag down the bus.
Sedgeberrow was complete. It is very unlikely that I will stop here again, as there is nothing really to see except the church and memorial. But, I have the memorial recorded and that is the main thing. My next village to explore may be Beckford, but I will do that on a Saturday morning. For now I can close the door on this chapter of the village tour.
Oh, and before I forget, the Domesday Book has the following to say:
- Hundred: Oswaldslow
- County: Worcestershire
- Total population: 21 households (quite large).
- Total tax assessed: 4 geld units (medium).
- Taxable units: Taxable value 4 geld units.
- Value: Value to lord in 1066 £3. Value to lord in 1086 £3.
- Households: 11 villagers. 4 smallholders. 4 slaves. 1 female slave. 1 priest.
- Ploughland: 2 lord’s plough teams. 7.5 men’s plough teams.
- Other resources: Meadow 8 acres. 2 mills, value 0.5. 0.5 church lands.
- Lord in 1066: Doda.
- Overlord in 1066: Worcester (St Mary), bishop of.
- Lord in 1086: Worcester (St Mary), bishop of.
- Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Worcester (St Mary), bishop of.
- Phillimore reference: 2,63
The Open Domesday Project and the associated images are kindly made available by Professor J.J.N. Palmer. Images may be reused under a Creative Commons BY-SA licence.
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