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Croome d'Abitot

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"CROOME D'ABITOT, (or Cromb-Osbern), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Oswaldalow, in the county of Worcester, 7 miles S.E. of Worcester, and 3½ N.E. of Upton. It is situated near the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester, value with the rectory of Pirton, £500, in the patronage of the Earl of Coventry. The church, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, is a modern stone edifice, and contains some beautiful monuments to the Coventry family. The Earl of Coventry, whose seat is here, is lord of the manor. The mansion is in the Italian style of architecture, with a portico of four Ionic pillars, supported on pediments; it was rebuilt on the site of an older edifice, and contains some valuable portraits and paintings, particularly one in the saloon of the Lord Keeper Coventry, the first baron, a descendant of John Coventry, Lord Mayor of London in 1416 and 1425.
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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