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"ASTLEY, (or Astley Abbotts), a parish in the hundred of Lower Doddingtree, in the county of Worcester, 2 miles to the S.W. of Stourport, 9 N. of Worcester, and 5 S.W. of Hartlebury railway station. Bewdley is its post town. It is situated in a fertile country, partly laid out in hop grounds, on the western bank of the river Severn. An alien priory, of the Benedictine order, was established here in 1160 by Ralph de Todeni. After several changes of ownership, it was granted by Henry VIII., at the Dissolution, to Sir Ralph Sadleir, known to historical students by his compilation of the State papers."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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