Ashton under Hill

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Ashton under Hill
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Ashton under Hill is located in Worcestershire
Ashton under Hill
Ashton under Hill
Ashton under Hill shown within Worcestershire
Population 747 [1]
OS grid reference SO974379
• London 90 miles (140 km)
Civil parish
  • Ashton Under hill
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town EVESHAM
Postcode district WR11
Dialling code 01386
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°02′N 2°01′W / 52.04°N 2.01°W / 52.04; -2.01Coordinates: 52°02′N 2°01′W / 52.04°N 2.01°W / 52.04; -2.01

Ashton under Hill is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire in England. It is situated at the foot of Bredon Hill. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 743, about five miles south-west of Evesham.

Historically part of Gloucestershire, it was transferred to Worcestershire under the Provisional Order Confirmation (Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire) Act 1931.

The author Fred Archer lived in Ashton at Stanley's Farm. He wrote a series of popular books about tales of country life. The books described life in the village between the years 1876 and 1939.

The village church, St Barbara's is reputedly[citation needed] the only church in England dedicated to St Barbara who is alleged to afford protection from lightning strikes. In 2005, villagers celebrated the 900th anniversary of the church.

Paris is a 5 house hamlet located above the village with panoramic views over the surrounding hills.

The school Bredon Hill Academy is located in Ashton under Hill, as is Ashton under Hill First. Ashton is also near to the Bredon Hill satellite villages of Conderton, Beckford, Elmley Castle, Overbury and Kemerton.

Railways[edit]

Ashton-under-Hill railway station, belonging to the Midland Railway (later part of the LMS), and situated on a lengthy loop line, Gloucester Loop Line branching off the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway main line at Ashchurch, passing through Evesham railway station, Alcester and Redditch, and rejoining the main line at Barnt Green, near Bromsgrove. The loop was built to address the fact that the main line bypassed most of the towns it might otherwise have served, but it took three separate companies to complete.

The loop officially closed between Ashchurch and Redditch in June 1963, but poor condition of the track had brought about withdrawal of all trains between Evesham and Redditch earlier, in October 1962, being replaced by a bus service for the final eight months. Redditch to Barnt Green remains open on the electrified Birmingham suburban network.

Ashton under Hill station house still stands as a private residence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (PDF) http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/home/cs-research-census-populationreport.pdf. Retrieved 2006-09-03.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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