Wichenford

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Wichenford
Wichenford Church - geograph.org.uk - 186174.jpg
Wichenford Church
Wichenford is located in Worcestershire
Wichenford
Wichenford
 Wichenford shown within Worcestershire
Population 400 
OS grid reference SO787606
District Malvern Hills
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORCESTER
Postcode district WR6
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament West Worcestershire
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England
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Coordinates: 52°14′37″N 2°18′43″W / 52.243637°N 2.311928°W / 52.243637; -2.311928

Wichenford is a village and civil parish (with Kenswick) in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire, England. It lies 6 miles to the north-west of the city of Worcester.

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Wichenford Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[1]

Church[edit]

A church or chapel has existed at Wichenford from early times with mention of a chapel in Wichenford, which was attached to the church of St. Helen, Worcester around 1234. Parts of the present church of St. Lawrence date from about 1320.[2]

No Shops[edit]

Until the mid-1990s Wichenford had both a village shop with Post Office and a village bakery, both now closed down. The two shops were situated at opposite sides of the village green, in the centre of the village. Wichenford also has a pub, the Mason's Arms, which is situated on the road to Martley and is not near the village centre.

Open Gardens[edit]

Every two years (the "odd" years) a number of the village's gardens are opened by their owners over a weekend in June. The 2013 event made £11,500 - the most ever. Proceeds will go to local charities. [3]

Millennium Green[edit]

In the year 2000 the Millennium Green was opened.

Village Hall[edit]

Wichenford Memorial Hall [4] stands opposite the church and is used by local societies and for a variety of functions. Its central heating and kitchen facilities were replaced in 2011 and a new bar area was created.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
  2. ^ A History of the County of Worcester: Vol. 3 (1913) Retrieved 24 May 2009
  3. ^ Open Gardens Retrieved 8 August 2009
  4. ^ Memorial Hall