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Footpath: Bengeworth to Faulk Mill in Offenham

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BENGEWORTH TO FAULK MILL IN OFFENHAM
(Aldington Map Parcel No G)

Grid Reference: 051444 to 055455

In 1807, at the time of the Aldington Enclosure Act, a footpath running from south to north along the western boundary of common land, adjacent to the Parks estate, was described thus: "Also one other Public Footpath of the breadth of five feet leading out of the Parish of Bengworth at a stile near the South-West corner of Park Ditch Furlong and passing thence in or near its usual track through and over the first Allotment Awarded to the said William Chambers, the Allotment herein Awarded to the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, Lessees as aforesaid, the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said William Chambers and the Allotment for the Tythe of Wool and Lamb to the said Horse and Foot Bridge leading to Fawk Mill being part of the Public Footpath from Bengworth to Offenham." The footpath formed the boundary with the Parks estate and still exists to this day as a public right of way. It is believed to have been the Monks’ path from Evesham Abbey to Faulk Mill in Offenham (note, the modern-day spelling is Faulk, whereas 200 years ago it was spelt Fawk).

A Farming Survey map of 1944 shows the tenants for this area of land which was held under the Evesham Custom.

Here is a description of a walk along the path today. [LINK TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE.] The following paragraphs give an historical description of ownership of the land in Aldington over which the path passes.

Land south of railway
(Aldington Map A024)

The path enters the parish of Aldington via a foot bridge from Aldington. Until the early 19th century, this land was part of the common fields of Aldington. In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, it was allotted to William Chambers as his first allotment: "To and for William Chambers, All those two pieces or parcels of Land next hereinafter mentioned and described (that is to say), All that piece or parcel of Land situate in Park Ditch Furlong and places adjacent, containing six acres three roods and twenty-three perches, bounded on parts of the North and North-East by the Allotment herein Awarded to John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, Lessees as aforesaid, on part of the East by the Littleton Turnpike Road, on the remaining part of the East and on the South by Bengworth new Inclosures, and on the West by the Parks aforesaid. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those against the Allotment Awarded to the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter as Lessees as aforesaid and against the said Turnpike Road." By 1855 (according to a map showing the neighbouring Christ Church land to the north) it was owned by Mr Cartwright. Aldington Lodge was built on the northern part of the land in the late 1850s. The Reverend Thomas Clark, who owned the neighbouring land to the north and west, bought a small piece of land to the west of the footpath in the late 19th century. He then sold this, along with some of his other land, at an auction at the King’s Head Hotel, Evesham, in 1892. It comprised Lot 16 and was called Little Pool Close (2a 2r 30p). The map of 1892 shows a road marked "Road to Lot 16", running from The Parks road in a south-westerly direction until it meets the footpath. It exists today as a public right of way.

Vicinity of railway (Aldington Map A007)

Until the early 19th century, this land was part of the common fields of Aldington. In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, this plot of land was allotted to the lessees of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church: "To and for John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, widow, who are intitled as Lessees under the said Dean and Chapter to all other their Great Tythes arising and continuing within the said Hamlet of Aldington for the remainder of a term of twenty-one years, All that piece or parcel of Land situate in the Furze Furlong, Broad Furze Leys, Aldington Common and places adjacent, containing fifty-five acres one rood and twenty-four perches, bounded on the South by the first and on the North by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said William Chambers, on the East by the Littleton Turnpike Road, and on the West by the Parks aforesaid. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the East against the said Turnpike Road." William Chambers, who was allotted the land to the north and the south, was tenant to Ann Slatter. From at least 1819, it was let to William and Henry Haywood and the under-tenant was Thomas Pratt. An 1826 valuation by Christ Church described it as "superior allotment in seven closes well fenced adjoining good road, no buildings". In 1840, the lease fee was increased by two and a half times any former renewal, and Benjamin and Henry Workman wrote to Dr John Bull, the Dean of Christ Church, on behalf of Messrs Haywood, stating, "There are no buildings on the land which, at no distant period, was overrun with gorse". Later that year, a barn was built by Charles Stockford who then leased the land; it was then let to Richard Baldwyn and in 1849 to John Clark. An 1826 valuation by Christ Church described it as "superior allotment in seven closes well fenced adjoining good road, no buildings". From 1837 it was leased by Charles Stockford. An 1839 valuation described it as eight closes of arable land, of good quality, no buildings, occupied by Charles Stockford. It would appear that the lease fee was increased by two and a half times any former renewal, as Benjamin and Henry Workman wrote in 1840 to Dr John Bull, the Dean of Christ Church, on behalf of Messrs Haywood, stating, "There are no buildings on the land which, at no distant period, was overrun with gorse". Charles Stockford applied to build a barn on the land in 1840. In 1849 the land was let to John Clark. In the early 1850s, the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway was built across the middle of the land, effectively splitting it into two halves. Just over 6 acres of land was taken for the railway and an 1855 valuation shows that the estate now comprised 49a 1r 6p. The land described as west (which we would consider to be south) of the railway was divided into three fields and the land described as east (which we would consider to be north) of the railway was divided into five fields. LINK TO 1855 VALUATION. In 1857, John Clark’s son, the Reverend Thomas Humphris Clark, took over the lease. Christ Church felt that as Clark owned The Parks, the neighbouring estate, he would be willing to buy their land. It was all arable except two acres and was well suited for garden ground, but had been valued by Francis Field as agricultural ground. Clark bought the land in 1871 for Ł6,000, then described as Aldington Leys but later in the century as Christ Church Ground (comprising eight arable fields and one pasture). In 1892, Reverend Clark sold the land south of the railway. The footpath passed to the west of Lot 15 Christ Church Great Barn Ground (6a 0r 16p). The map of 1892 shows a road marked "Road to Lot 16", running from The Parks road in a south-westerly direction along the western side of this plot of land until it met the footpath. It exists today as a public right of way. Clark died in 1913 and the five fields north of the railway, together with the remainder of The Parks estate, were sold by auction at the King’s Head Hotel, Evesham, on 29th June 1914. The footpath passed over land in Lots 1, 2 and 3.

South of private road to Faulk Mill (Aldington Map A025)

Until the early 19th century, this land was part of the common fields of Aldington. In 1808, when the Aldington Enclosure Commissioners made their awards, William Chambers was allotted this plot of land as his second allotment: "And all that piece or parcel of Land situate in the furlong below Furze Furlong, Aldington Common and places adjacent, containing nineteen acres and twenty-four perches, bounded on part of the North by the Allotment herein Awarded for the Tithe of Wool and Lamb, on part of the East and other parts of the North by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Curate as aforesaid, on the remaining part of the North by the Allotment herein Awarded to Philip Rock, on the remaining part of the East by the Littleton Turnpike Road, on the South by the Allotment herein Awarded to the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter, Lessees as aforesaid, and on the West by the Farm called the Parks." It was later bought by John Procter (who owned the neighbouring Parks Estate) some time early in the 19th century as, by the time that John’s nephew, John Clark, bought the neighbouring plot to the north in 1847, it was described as "heretofore belonging to William Chambers but now to the devisees of the late John Procter Esquire". It passed by inheritance to the Reverend Thomas Williams. In 1914, the land, known as Little Chambers Ground, was sold at auction at the King’s Head Hotel, Evesham, as Lots 6 and 7, the footpath crossing over Lot 6.

South of Faulk Mill
(Aldington Map A005)

This plot of land in the extreme north-western part of the parish, was allotted to the Curate of Badsey as compensation for the tythe of wool and lamb: "And whereas the small or vicarial Tythes arising within the whole of the Hamlet of Aldington aforesaid have been claimed by the said Curate as aforesaid and the Tythe of Wool and Lamb are also claimed by the said John Millard, John Benton and Ann Slatter as Lessees under the said Dean and Chapter and it not appearing to the said Commissioners which or whom of the said respective claimants are in the actual possession of the rents and profits of the said Tythe of Wool and Lamb. They have therefore set out and allotted and by these presents do Award unto and for the person or persons who is, are or may be lawfully intitled to the said Tythe of Wool and Lamb, All that piece or parcel of Land situate in Aldington Leys and Aldington Common containing eight acres and two roods, bounded on the North by the Parish of Offenham aforesaid, on the East by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Curate as aforesaid, on the South by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said William Chambers, and on the West by the Parks aforesaid. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the South side thereof." In 1914, when the adjoining land to the south was sold, this was still part of Badsey Glebe.

Leading from the current-day Main Street, there was also a footpath to the current-day Badsey Road: "Also one other Public Footpath of the breadth of four feet leading out of the Village of Aldington at Pitwell Road on the South side thereof near Newland Butts and passing first in a West and then in a South direction in or near its usual track into through and over the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird and the Allotment herein Awarded to the Marchioness of Downshire and Sir John Dashwood King, Lessees under the said Dean and Chapter, to the Turnpike Road leading from Bengworth to Bretforton, being part of the Public Footpath from Aldington to Bengworth." This footpath is erroneously marked on the Enclosure Map. There appears to be a faint mark on the map showing the course of a path, but this is too far to the west. The true course of the footpath is visible on the 1880 1st edition Ordnance Survey map and is extant on the modern Ordnance Survey map, unchanged from that time. It leaves Main Street on the bend opposite Hillside, runs west for a short time and then south, emerging on to Badsey Road just to the east of the bend in the road.  Its current route matches the transcription description exactly.

Where they are available, links are provided to historical information about places and buildings. This index of roads and paths in Badsey and Aldington was compiled as part of the Badsey Society Enclosure Map Project. The house numbers and names are correct as at May 2006. Every care has been taken to provide accurate information, but if you are aware of any error, please contact us. If you wish to provide a history or memories of an individual house on this road, please email History@badsey.net.


Badsey is a large working village in Worcestershire, England. Aldington is a smaller village in the same parish. The Badsey Society exists to promote the understanding and study of the villages and the surrounding area. The Enclosure Map Project traces the development of the villages since the publication of enclosure maps in 1807 and 1812. The Society is grateful for a grant received from the Local Heritage Initiative.
Updated 12 July 2010. Email History@badsey.net.