"ABBERLEY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Doddingtree, union of Martley, in the county of Worcester. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Hereford; value £249, in the patronage of Mrs. Moillett. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There is a small free school. The village is pleasantly situated in a valley near the road from Worcester to Ludlow, at the distance of 4 miles to the S.W. from Stourport. There are fine prospects over the Vale of Severn from the hills around, which rise to the height of 800 feet, and on the slopes of which are sheepwalks and plantations. Limestone and good coal are obtained in the district. This village was the birthplace of William Walsh, the poet, a correspondent of Pope and Addison."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of
Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]