Leigh  Worcestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Leigh like this:

LEIGH, a parish and a sub-district in Martley district, Worcestershire. The parish lies on the river Teme and the Worcester and Malvern railway, 4½ miles WSW of Worcester; contains the hamlets of Leigh Sinton, Link-End, Sandlin, Sherridge, Brockhampton, Lower Howsell, Upper Howsell, and Cow-Leigh, the chapelry of Bransford, and most of the locality of Malvern-Link, adjoining Great Malvern; has postal accommodation partly through Worcester, partly through Great Malvern; and lies around the r. ...

stations of Bransford-Road and Malvern-Link. Acres, 6,129. Real property, £17,498. Pop. in 1851,2,342; in 1861,3,330. Houses, 641. The increase of pop. was chiefly in the Malvern-Link locality, and arose from proximity to Great Malvern. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to Earl Somers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £312. Patron, Earl Somers. The church is of varions dates, but chiefly of the 12th century; comprises nave, and chancel, with W tower; has, over the N door, a remarkable ancient sculpture in a recess supported by Norman pillars; and contains a curiously carved ancient screen, a Norman font, a fine monument of Sir Walter Devereux, and a number of ancient monnments and relics. A chapel of ease is at Bransford; a church was recently built at Cow-Leigh; and a schoolchapel is at Leigh-Sinton. A chapelry, called St. Matthias, is in the-Malvern-Link section; was constituted in 1846; had a pop. in 1861, of 1,670; and is a p. curacy, of the value of £100,* in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. There are a Wesleyan chapel, two chapels of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, another dissenting chapel, two endowed schools, and some charities. -The sub-district contains also three other parishes. Acres, 13,087. Pop., 4,981. Houses, 1,005.

Leigh through time

Leigh is now part of Malvern Hills district. Click here for graphs and data of how Malvern Hills has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Leigh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Leigh, in Malvern Hills and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th January 2023

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