Whittington, Worcestershire

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Whittington village
Whittington is located in Worcestershire
Whittington shown within Worcestershire
OS grid reference SO875527
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WR5
Dialling code 01905
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
52°10′22″N 2°11′00″W / 52.172839°N 2.183318°W / 52.172839; -2.183318Coordinates: 52°10′22″N 2°11′00″W / 52.172839°N 2.183318°W / 52.172839; -2.183318

Whittington is a small village near Worcester close to Junction 7 of the M5 motorway, bounded by the motorway and the B4084, in the District of Wychavon. In fact the motorway cut through the village, most of it being on the west side but some houses were left on the east side.


There is one public house – The Swan, a village and parish church, and an active village hall.


There is an ancient burial mound referred to as "The Tump" across the main road A44 from the pub. The tump is thought to have been a barrow but no burial remains have been found there. The hill was built by the order of Oliver Cromwell where soldiers used their helmets to carry dirt to build the hill in celebration of the victory of the battle of Worcester. The context of this ancient monument was devastated by the building of the M5 motorway a very short distance away, further damage being caused by the widening of the A44, which was rebuilt to bypass the village. It was then damaged again by the building on the north side of the Tump of the road going west to the new crossing of the River Severn south of Worcester.

Tump is Worcestershire dialect for a small hill and may be derived from the Welsh language word Twmpath. An unty tump is a molehill, unty being local dialect for a mole.

The village has a primary school.

The parish of Whittington also includes the hamlet of Swinsherd, part of which was also lost to the building of the M5 motorway.

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