In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Claines like this:
CLAINES, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Droitwich district, Worcestershire. The village stands amid charming environs, near the West Midland railway, the river Severn, and the Worcester and Birmingham canal, 2 miles N by E of Worcester. The parish includes also the tything of Whistones; which lies within the city of Worcester, and forms an extensive suburb. Post town, Worcester. Acres, 4, 813. Real property, £29, 189; of which £2, 700 are in gas-works. Pop., 8, 106. ...
Houses, 1, 716. The property is subdivided. Perdiswell is the seat of Sir O. Wakeman, Bart. Bevere is a handsome seat on an island in the Severn, supposed to have been a beaver colouy. A priory of white nuns was founded within Whistones tything prior to 1255; and given, at the dissolution, to Richard Callowhill. The mansion of White Ladies rose out of the nunnery; was visited, in 1585, by Queen Elizabeth; has often been confounded with the mansion of the same name which gave shelter to Charles II. after the battle of Worcester; and contains the bed and cup used by Elizabeth at her visit. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £180.* Patron, Sir O. Wakeman, Bart. The church is later English. St. George's p. curacy is a separate charge; in the patronage of the vicar. The church is in St. George's square, Worcester; and was built at a cost of £3, 345. Barbourne p. curacy also is a separate charge. There are a national school and some charities.The sub-district contains only part of Claines parish, but contains also ten other parishes and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 16, 782. Pop., 7, 465. Houses, 1, 626.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Claines has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Wychavon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Claines and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Claines, in Wychavon and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st January 2015
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