Pool House, Astley, a Grade II listed Gothic Revival country house
Astley shown within Worcestershire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||109 miles (175 km)|
|Civil parish||Astley and Dunley|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Hereford and Worcester|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||West Worcestershire|
A range of English white wines including sparkling wines have been produced in Astley since 1983. The wines have won over 100 awards, and are now Quality Wine status, three of which have received International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards.
There is evidence in the village of Norman heritage. The house Astley Towne has a Norman cellar.
Near St Peter's Church are the remains of a priory built in 1088. The priory was founded by Ralph de Todeni who was given the manor of Eastlie (Astley) for his service at the Battle of Hastings. It was an alien Benedictine House, belonging to a parent monastery in Normandy. The prior’s well remains, but is overgrown. To the East of the priory, well-defined earthworks of a medieval village have been found.
Astley Primary School is a small, rural CoE Voluntary Aided school with about eighty pupils between 4 and 11 years old. Although the school is isolated, it is popular with children travelling some distance each day. On leaving Astley school the 11 to 16s go on to The Chantry School at Martley.
Astley Burf contains an Outdoor Education centre, owned by Dudley Council, and used by Dudley schools during the spring and summer
Glasshampton means the home of clear water.
The manor of Glasshampton and its associated estate was held by the Winford family.
- Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), poet and hymnist was born in the village, the youngest daughter of William Henry Havergal, the Rector of Astley. Both are buried at Astley.
- Major General Hill Wallace, CB (1923-1899), former officer commanding the Royal Horse Artillery, buried at Astley.
- Former Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin lived at Astley Hall in his later years, his home has now become a nursing home. There is also a monument dedicated to him on the main road between Holt and Stourport. After Baldwins death, a national appeal failed to raise sufficient money for this memorial. Winston Churchill personally made up the shortfall and attended the dedication of the memorial.
- Winford baronets, of Glasshampton
- Captain Andrew Yarranton, engineer and agriculturalist
- Astley Cross
- Areley Kings
- Astley Hall
- Pool House
- Brown, P (1982) ‘The early industrial complex at Astley, Worcestershire’, Post-Medieval Archaeology,16, pp 1–19.
- Astley Vineyards
- Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p20 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
- Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
- Pevsner, Nikolas and Brookes, Alan Worcestershire 2007 Yale University Press p114-115 ISBN 9780300112986
- Bridges, Tim Churches of Worcestershire Logaston Press, Herefordshire 2000 rev ed. 2005 p28 ISBN 1 904396 39 9
- The Chantry School Admissions Map Accessed 8 June 2014
- Ray Mace A potted History of Glasshampton Lodge, n.d., manuscript, Shrawley, Worcestershire.
- Monument to Hill Family, Church of St Peter, Astley
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- Astley and Astley Hall on www.british-history.ac.uk
- Gordon Lovett, A history of the people and places of Astley, 2000 (online)
- Astley in the Domesday Book
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