In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hanley Castle like this:
HANLEY-CASTLE, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Upton-on-Severn district, Worcester. The village stands on the W side of the river Severn, 1½ mile NW of Upton-on-Severn r. station, and 6 W of Defford; and has a post office ‡ under Worcester. The parish includes also the village of Malvern Wells, and the hamlets of Blackmore End, Hanley-Quay, and Gilberts-End. Acres, 5, 630. Real property, £14, 308. Pop., 1, 733. Houses, 367. A castle here, some remains of which exist, belonged to Brictic who refused the hand of Maud, afterwards the wife of William the Conqueror; passed to the Earls of Warwick; was the death place of Henry-de-Beauchamp; and passed to the Despencers, the Savages, the Arles, the Lechmeres, and the Charltons. ...
Hanley Castle mansion is now the seat of Thomas Gee, Esq.; Blackmore Park is the seat of John V. Hornyold, Esq.; Rhydd Court is the property of Sir Edmund A. H. Lechmere, Bart.; and Severn End is the ancient seat of the Lechmere family. Invalids resort to Malvern Wells; and there is a wharf on the Severn at Hanley-Quay. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £650. * Patron, Sir E. A. H. Lechmere, Bart. The church is partly decorated English, partly brickwork of 1674; has a tower; was restored in 1858; and has two recent memorial windows. The p. curacy of Malvern Wells is a separate benefice. There are a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed grammar school, rebuilt in 1869, a national school, and a working men's institute. -The sub-district includes five other parishes. Acres, 20, 007. Pop., 11, 377. Houses, 2, 011.
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 Hanley Castle has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Malvern Hills. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hanley Castle and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hanley Castle, in Malvern Hills and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th August 2016
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