Green Leys, Badsey
Whilst most of the land on which Green Leys is situated has always belonged to Badsey, a small section at the western end is built on land which used to belong to Aldington until 1921. Green Leys was the second phase of Council development in the post Second World War period. The land, which had been owned by the Wheatley family since 1932, was sold by Lucy Kate Wheatley on 30th March 1954 as a compulsory purchase to Evesham Rural District Council for £665. The ancient ridge and furrows and gnarled fruit trees disappeared to be replaced by a housing estate. Fifty houses and flats (11 pairs of semi-detached houses, eight flats and 20 terraced houses comprising two sets of four and two sets of six) were built on the plot and the occupants began moving in between July 1955 and August 1956. The houses were numbered 1-50, but with a 12A instead instead of 13. The first houses to be let out were the ones by the stream. Mike and Joyce Hewlett were among the next, moving in to number 2 in the September. The road was still unfinished and they had to walk along it in their Wellingtons! By the summer of 1956, with all the houses occupied, there was the sum total of two cars on the site – now most houses have a car.
The road is so-called because of its proximity to areas of land called The Green and The Leys. Here are details about the planning application for Green Leys (link to be added).
Outer Circle – 1, 2, 50 (Aldington Map Z007)
In 1807, at the time of the Aldington Enclosure Act, this plot of land was an old enclosure owned by George Day. It amounted to 11a 3r 25p and comprised part of the land belonging to Aldington Farm, which had previously been owned by the Foley family for nearly 140 years. Thomas Foley of Witley had bought "all that Manor of Aldington alias Aunton, and all that farm called Aunton Farm now in the tenure of William Jarrett, gentleman" in 1665. This piece of land, together with the neighbouring field to the west, was known as Seaneys Ground, comprising 18a 3r 28p in total, and was sold by another Thomas Lord Foley in 1803 to John Procter for £760. Just over two years later, in February 1806, John Procter sold the two fields to George Day (who had bought the remaining part of the Aldington Farm estate from the Foleys in 1805) for £1,365. On 6th October 1808, just two days after the Enclosure Awards, George Day sold the entire Aldington estate to James Ashwin of Bretforton for £12,000. In 1815, a new main road to Evesham was built, cutting through the field. It is probably then that this eastern section was sold. By 1866, when Edward Wilson sold the land to the east, it was in the ownership of the Reverend Joseph Bourlay.
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Outer Circle – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12A, 14, 15, 16, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49; Inner Circle – part 25, part 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 (Badsey Map G072)
In 1812, at the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act, this land was part of an old enclosure owned by Edward Wilson. It was called Hop Yard and amounted to 3a 3r 12p; presumably hops were growing there, or had been grown there in the past. Edward Wilson’s son, Edward, spent most of his early and middle adult years living outside of Badsey and let out the Manor to tenant farmers. On 22nd September 1860, William Parker, the tenant from 1852-1866, placed the following advertisement in "The Evesham Journal", selling not the land (which was not his to sell) but the fruit, which seems to have been a common practice in those days: BADSEY, WORCESTERSHIRE, TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION BY MESSRS TREDWELL & SON – On Monday the 24th of September 1860, subject to conditions to be then produced, in two lots, on the spot, by order of the Proprietor, Mr Parker, the whole of the very abundant crop of Blenheim Orange Apples growing on 50 trees in the Hop Yard and Home Orchards of Badsey aforesaid. Sale punctually at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Mr Parker will on application shew the lots.. On 23rd July 1866, Edward Wilson sold the land (now combined with the neighbouring field to the east) at an auction at The Northwick Arms Hotel, Evesham. It is not known who bought the land, but by the early 20th century it was owned by Harry Jinks, who then passed it on to his sons. In 1932, Harry and Frederick Jinks sold the land to Horace Wheatley. Horace’s widow, Lucy Kate Wheatley, sold the land to Evesham Rural District in 1954.
Outer Circle – 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42; Inner Circle – part 25, part 26 (Badsey Map W013)
In 1812, at the time of the Badsey Enclosure Act, this plot of land was part of a field known as The Leys amounting to 1a 0r 10p, and was allotted to Edward Wilson as Lord of the Manor: "Unto the Lord or Lords of the Manor of Badsey and his or their Heirs, All that Allotment or parcel of Land situate upon the Leys containing one acre and ten perches and bounded on the North by an Allotment herein after awarded to Samuel Jelfs, on the East by the said Evesham Road and on all other sides thereof by old Inclosures belonging to the Reverend Thomas Williams, Thomas Byrd and Edward Wilson, which said Allotment is in the agreement of the said Commissioners equal in value to one fifteenth part Roads excepted of the Waste Lands within the said Manor and is in lieu full bar of and satisfaction for his or their right of soil in the said Common and Waste Grounds within the said Manor." On 23rd July 1866, Edward Wilson sold the land (now combined with the neighbouring field to the west) at an auction at The Northwick Arms Hotel, Evesham. It is not known who bought the land, but by the early 20th century it was owned by Harry Jinks, who then passed it on to his sons. In 1932, Harry and Frederick Jinks sold the land to Horace Wheatley. Horace’s widow, Lucy Kate Wheatley, sold the land to Evesham Rural District in 1954.
These residents of Green Leys have something to smile about. Not only is their road 50 years old, but they have all lived here for 50 years and have each celebrated at least 50 years of marriage. Many congratulations to Mike & Joyce Hewlett (No 2), Lionel & Rene Guise (No 5), Bernard & Joan Hewlett (No 8), Len & Pat Lord (No 20), Des & Iris Syril (No 22), Roy & Mary Page (No 28), Glan & Muriel Williams (No 37), pictured here outside No 22. John & Margaret Collett, Chris & Bet Hall and Helen Stanton have also lived at Green Leys for 50 years but are not pictured. Visiting granddaughter, Brittany Page, sports a Local Heritage Initiative T-shirt along with granddad Roy.
See also the 'Council Housing in Badsey & Aldington' chapter in Aldington and Badsey: Villages in the Vale.
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.