Grimley, Worcestershire

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Grimley - Wagon Wheel Inn.jpg
Wagon Wheel Inn
Grimley is located in Worcestershire
Grimley shown within Worcestershire
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Worcester
Postcode district WR2
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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  • West Worcestershire
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52°14′31″N 2°14′28″W / 52.242°N 2.241°W / 52.242; -2.241Coordinates: 52°14′31″N 2°14′28″W / 52.242°N 2.241°W / 52.242; -2.241

Grimley is a village and civil parish (grid reference SO8360) in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire, England about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Worcester.

The place-name 'Grimley' is first attested in a Saxon charter of 851, where it appears as Grimanlea. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it appears as Grimanleh. The name means 'wood haunted by a ghost or spectre' (Old English grima).[1]

It is known for the Norman Parish Church; St Bartholomew. A la Carte Restaurant; Wagon Wheel. A 16th-century Inn; The Camp House Inn. Bevere Lock. Primary School. Grimley Gravel Pits (or -Pools), a gravel quarry and nature reserve SSSI. It once housed a monastery which was reputedly linked to Holt Castle via underground tunnels, and has been a site of refuge for thousands of years.

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, Grimley Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[2]


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.205.
  2. ^ Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.


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