Hadzor shown within Worcestershire
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Hadzor is a small village in Worcestershire, England. There are around fourteen houses and a Roman Catholic church in the village, although there is no shop or school and the Church of England church was closed in the 1970s. Hadzor is part of the Bowbrook Group of Parishes, which includes the neighbouring villages of Sale Green, Oddingley and Hanbury and nearby Huddington, Crowle, Tibberton and Himbleton.
In 2003, a number of new houses were built on the borders of the village by developer Neil Grinnal. These are not granted direct access to the village, and have thus been dubbed 'New Hadzor' or 'the housing estate', not being considered part of the original village. A long campaign was led against this development under the banner 'keep Hadzor special', but failed to prevent around 70 houses being built. As a consequence of the development, however, Hadzor has since been awarded a village green on land formerly belonging to Hadzor Hall, a large hall formerly owned by Neil Grinnall.
Hadzor is thought to be the final resting place of Sir Gideon Peyntour, a Medieval knight who, according to local folk-lore was a fugitive, after escaping his sentence at the Tower of London for a minor crime, he is known to have resided around Hadzor and Hanbury up to 1477 where he went missing in the Hadzor Hall woods, supposedly due to manic depression.
Since 2012, Hadzor has seen a demonstrable rise in crime rate amongst the town's residency; incidents of arson and drug use have soared as well as various cases of car jacking and burglary in the 'New Hadzor' area. Hadzor has been subject to numerous visits from hit crime UK television shows such as "Coppers" and "Road Wars". Hadzor's heavy climb up the crime ladder has resulted in the hamlet being placed on strict watch by local police.
- "Neil Grinnall". neilgrinnall.com.
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