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Footpath: Chapel Lane to Offenham

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CHAPEL LANE TO OFFENHAM (Aldington Map Parcel No F)

Grid Reference: 065443 to 058452

In 1807, at the time of the Aldington Enclosure Act, a footpath ran northwards to Offenham from the north end of Chapel Lane: "One Public Footpath of the breadth of four feet leading out of the Parish of Offenham at a foot-Bridge at Stanway Pleck and passing thence in or near its usual track in an Eastward direction through and over the third Allotment [says first allotment, but is actually his third allotment] herein Awarded to the said George Day to a stile at the entrance of an old Inclosure called the Pasture Ground being part of the Public Footpath from Aldington to Offenham." It is omitted from the map but included in the Enclosure Awards. With the coming of the railway, the footpath was diverted and now runs to the west of its original route to pass through a tunnel under the railway embankment. This footpath still exists today as a public right of way.

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 over which the path passes.

North of Chapel Lane
(Aldington Map A009)

The footpath runs across common land which was allotted to George Day for the Farm as his first allotment: "To and for George Day, Gentleman, All those seven several pieces or parcels of Lands, Buildings and Premises next hereinafter mentioned and described (that is to say), All that piece or parcel of Land situate in Lower Hundred Lands, Long Headland Furlong, Town Meadow and places adjacent, containing seventy-two acres one rood and sixteen perches, bounded on part of the North and on part of the West by the Manorial Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day, on the remaining part of the North and on the North-East by the Parish of Offenham, on the East by old Inclosures called the Pastures belonging to the said George Day, on part of the South by Homesteads and Orchards belonging to the said George Day and Philip Rock respectively, on other part of the West and on other part of the South by the Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day for the Estate late Brooks’s, on other parts of the West and on other parts of the South by the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird, on other part of the West and on the remaining part of the South by the Tithe Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day and on the remaining part of the West by the Littleton Turnpike Road. The Fences for inclosing the said Allotment are those on the West against the Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day for late Brooks, on all parts and sides against the second Allotment herein Awarded to the said Thomas Bird, on the West and South against the said Tithe Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day, and on the West against the said Turnpike Road." On 6th October 1808, just two days after the Enclosure Awards, George Day sold this plot of land for £12,000, together with all the estate bought from Lord Foley in 1805, to James Ashwin of Bretforton; the land remained in the Ashwin family until the latter part of the 20th century. The Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway Company was built over part of the land in the early 1850s. In 1849, James Ashwin, Richard Ashwin and John Hall, as trustees of James Ashwin’s will, sold just over four acres from this field and an adjacent field to the railway company for £512 10s together with a further sum of £512 10s as compensation for the severance and other damage to the adjacent lands. By the end of the 19th century, this land was let out to tenants and tracks (familiarly known as Top Road and Middle Road) had been built from Main Street for the tenants to access the land. Whilst most of the Ashwin property was sold in the 1950s, the fields and meadows were not sold until after the death of the last Squire, Harry Ashwin, in 1983; the Wheatleys, as tenants, bought the land.

East of Offenham Road
(Aldington Map A001)

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 George Day as his manorial allotment: "And the said Commissioners in further pursuance of the directions of the said Private Act have set out and allotted and do by these presents Award unto and for George Day, Gentleman, as Lord of the Manor of Aldington aforesaid, All that piece or parcel of Meadow Land (being part of a certain Meadow called Upper Broadleys Meadow) containing one acre and twenty perches, bounded on the North by the Parish of Offenham, on the East and South by the first Allotment herein Awarded to the said George Day for the Farm and on the West by the Littleton Turnpike Road, which Allotment the said Commissioners do hereby declare is in their judgment a full compensation and satisfaction for the right of the said George Day as Lord of the Manor as aforesaid in or to the soil of the said Common and Waste Grounds. The Fences for enclosing the said Allotment are those on the East, the South and West sides thereof." On 6th October 1808, just two days after the Enclosure Awards, George Day sold this plot of land, together with all the estate bought from Lord Foley in 1805, to James Ashwin of Bretforton; the land remained in the Ashwin family until the latter part of the 20th century. Whilst most of the Ashwin property was sold in the 1950s, the fields and meadows were not sold until after the death of the last Squire, Harry Ashwin, in 1983; the Wheatleys, as tenants, bought the land.

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.