Covid-19 update Cases have risen rapidly across our district since the end of the second Lockdown at the start of December. Worryingly, the impact of Christmas mixing is still to filter through into the figures. The expectation is we will continue to see cases rise for the next 7 to 10 days. This will lead […]
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Abberley is a parish in rural West Worcestershire situated within the Malvern Hills District Council boundaries. It is an approximate rectangle, 6 miles long and up to a mile wide. The ridge of Abberley Hill forms the long eastern boundary.
Abberley Hill is formed of an overturned thrust fold of Silurian rocks capped with a breccia of Permian age. On the west side of the hill, the sandstones, clays and coal seams of The Wyre Forest coalfield provided employment in extraction of coal from the Middle Ages until the late 1920s and clay for making bricks and tiles from at least the late fifteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century. At the east end of the parish, the underlying clays and sandstones are of Devonian age.
The settlement pattern of Abberley like many parishes in Worcester dates from at least Saxon times and is and remains a dispersed one with houses grouped around farmsteads or greens, Town Farm and Elms Green attest to this style of settlement. Recent local history projects have identified evidence of both pre-historic people and Romans living in the area as well as continuous occupation from the Medieval period to the present day. Farming remains the dominant land use, orchards are far less plentiful than they had been but hops are now being grown again.
Within the parish, a hunting lodge and its associated deer park were given to a favourite of the William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings but at times reverted to the Crown, the last hereditary owners, the Bromleys, sold the estate in 1836. Abberley Lodge was demolished and a new house named Abberley Hall was built by the Moilliets, a Birmingham banking family, the estate was later owned by John Joseph Jones, an Oldham industrialist and banker. After 1910, the Jones heirs chose not to live in Abberley and from 1912, the building has housed Abberley Hall preparatory school. Former pupils include a number of MPs including Geoffrey Howe, later Lord Abaravon and Philip Dunne the sitting MP for South Shropshire. Abberley’s other grand house, The Elms was owned by the Sir Richard and Lady Brooke from 1926 until 1946. Sir Richard established a successful racing stables; King Salmon, his most famous horse won the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in 1934 and twice came second in the Derby. Training race horses continues elsewhere in the parish to this day. The Elms later became one of the first English country house hotels and is still operates as a hotel and spa today.
Abberley has had a village school since 1717, the school has occupied its current building since 1859. Abberley Post Office was run from rooms in private houses until moving into the Village Stores, Abberley’s remaining village shop, in the twenty first century. The Manor Arms, the remaining pub, was originally called the Bromley Arms. Abberley retains two Church of England churches, but did also have a Methodist Chapel. Owen’s Garage continues to provide a car repair business, but no longer sells fuel or operates the local bus service as it did in the twentieth century.
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A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire Dear Residents, I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. […]
Flooding and land drainage Please read the key information and contacts document for flood events (801 KB) If you have a problem with flooding, please contact the most appropriate organisation to deal with the issue. Blocked highway drains and gullies – Please contact Worcestershire County Council Blocked Road Culverts – Please contact Worcestershire County Council Water Off the Highway – Please […]
Update from the Site Agents- J N Bentley. The road closures at Abberley have been made safe and reinstated to enable access over the JNB Christmas shutdown period as agreed with the residents and local authority. Work will restart week commencing 4th Jan 2021. The water sampling laboratories have also been shut during this period […]
IMPORTANT News Release from Public Health England and Worcestershire County Council The following news release and poster has been emailed to all Parish and Town Council Clerks. Public Health partners urge people not to touch sick or dead birds Public Health England (PHE) Midlands and Worcestershire County Council public health colleagues are urging people, including […]
Tier Two restrictions for Worcestershire Today, the Government announced Worcestershire will go into Tier Two category of restrictions, once the current lockdown finishes on December 2nd. Worcestershire has worked very hard during the lockdown to reduce the number of cases of Covid-19 in the county. We have seen some good progress, which has resulted in […]
Project Title: A7W12761-04-08 Abberley – DG2 – Local Water Pressure Booster Notification from Severn Trent Water regarding road closure Wynniattes Way, Abberley from 7th December 2020 for 4 weeks until 6th January 2021. CLICK HERE to view Road Closure Abberley We apologise for what may seem like an impersonal approach, but […]
Abberley Parish Council November meeting via zoom will be via a Registered zoom meeting. The Public are welcome to attend. To register to attend the meeting please see below. Please note that you need to register in advance of the meeting to obtain your secure link and code. Register in advance for this meeting: […]
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY / REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 “We will remember them” Greetings to you all in these difficult days. This letter comes to you from Martyn Carter, Chair of Wyre Forest & Rock Branch, Royal British Legion, and Rev Ted Whittaker, local Parish Priest. For 2020 we are all being encouraged to conduct Acts […]