Great Witley – 1905 snapshot

The following is a snapshot of the village in 1905, taken from a local directory published in the same year.

Distances – 10 ½ miles NW of Worcester, 5 ½ SW of Stourport.

Postal Information – Post, Telegraph, Money Order and Savings’ Bank Office; Mrs. Selina Moule, Sub-Postmistress. Letters arrive from Stourport at 7.15 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.; despatched at 5.25 p.m. Post town, Stourport. Wall Letter-box at Hillhampton cleared at 5.15 p.m. week-days only.

Parish Church (St. Michael and All Angels) – Rev. Horace G. Monroe, M.A., Rector; Rev. F. W. Moore, B.A., Curate; J. M Baker and A. Young, Churchwardens. Harry Oakes, Organist.

Chapel of Ease, The Village – Services held on Sunday afternoons and evenings, Rev. Horace Monroe or his Curate officiates.

Elementary School (boys and girls) – William Wall, Head Master.

Great Whitey Institute – William Cooke, Hon. Sec.

St. Michael’s Chapel of Ease, Little Witley – Rev. H. Monroe, M.A., Rector; A. Weaver, Chapelwarden; J. Parsons, Organist.

Elementary School (boys and girls), Little Witley – C. W. Edmonds, Master.


Austen John, Hundred House Hotel, Great Witley, Private apartments for visitors. Posting in all its branches. C.T.C. quarters. Good stabling accommodation. Ales, wines, and spirits of the best quality.

Averill Leonard, farm ballet to the Earl of Dudley, Home farm.

Bache John, farmer and hop gr., Walsgrove

Baker John M., farmer, Dingle farm

Bartlett Charles H., White house

Bishop Fred., farmer, Well farm, Little Witley

Blackwell Edward, Hillhampton

Bride John B., forester to the Earl of Dudley

Carpenter John, cooper, Great Witley

Cocum John, blacksmith, Little Witley

Colebatch T., Bank farm, Great Witley

Cooke William, clerk of works to the Right Hon. The Earl of Dudley

Crane Richard, farmer, Little Witley

Dudley The Right Hon. Earl of, D.L., Witley Court

Edmonds C. W., schoolmaster, School house, Little Witley

Findlay James, Wulstans farm hill

Footman John, shoemaker, Little Witley

Fryer Mrs. A., superior furnished apartments, Rose cottage, Great Witley. Pleasantly situated close to Abberley and Woodbury hills. Visitors and cyclists specially catered for.

Fryer Edward, shoeing and general smith

Glover Percy Andrew, relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths

Goode Charles, farmer and dairyman

Goodwin A. W., tailor, assistant overseer and clerk to Parish Council, Great Witley

Green George, baker and grocer

Greensill Edward Samuel, surgeon

Limbrick H., haulier, Great Witley

Limbrick J., carpenter, Great Witley

Martin Elizabeth, Woodbury hill farm, Great Witley

Milton John, baker, &c.

Monroe Rev. Horace G., M.A. (rector), The Rectory

Moore Rev. F. W., B.A., Little Witley

Moss Joseph, farmer, Hillhampton

Moule Mrs. Selina, sub-postmistress and shopkeeper, Pots office

Mytton W. C., Park farm, Great Witley; res., Prickley

Presdee Walter, The Lodge, Little Witley

Proudman Garner Richard, farmer and hop grower, Redmarley farm

Proudman Robert A., farmer and hop grower, Hill house

Seale John, gamekeeper to the Earl of Dudley, Great Witley

Tolley Sarah, Easthope farm, Great Witley

Turner John, head gardener to F.W. Jones, Great Witley

Tyler Albert, Cottage farm, Great Witley

Wall William, head master of Elementary School, School house

Walters Sergeant J., Police station, Great Witley

Weaver Albert, farmer, Little Witley

Wheildon Joseph, Lippitt’s farm, Great Witley

White Alfred John, farmer, Little Witley

Young Arthur, head gardener to the Right Hon. The Earl of Dudley

Source: Littlebury’s Directory of Worcester & District. Tenth Edition. Printed and Published by Littlebury & Company, The Worcester Press, Worcester. 1905.

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