Kempsey  Worcestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kempsey like this:

KEMPSEY, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Upton-on-Severn district, Worcester. The village stands on the river Severn, amid charming scenery, 2 miles NW of Wadborough r. station, and 4 S of Worcester city; and has a post office† under Worcester. The parish comprises 3, 105 acres. ...

Real property, £10, 449. Pop., 1, 433. Houses, 335. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Bishop of Worcester. A monastery was founded here in 799; and was given, at an early period, to the Bishops of Worcester. A palace of the bishops succeeded the monastery; Henry II. and Edward I. kept court at the palace; and Simon de Montfort, with his prisoner, Henry III., slept in it before the battle of Evesham. The parish contains many genteel residences. Traces exist of a Roman camp of 1 5 acres; and many coins, urns, cups, and other Roman relics have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £248. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church was almost wholly rebuilt in 1799; was restored, at a cost of £4, 000, in 1865; is a cruciform structure, with deep chancel and large tower; and contains the effigies of an armed knight. There are a national school, and charities £61.—The sub-district contains also four other parishes, and part of another. Acres, 12, 405. Pop., 3, 511. Houses, 821.

Kempsey through time

Kempsey is now part of Malvern Hills district. Click here for graphs and data of how Malvern Hills has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kempsey itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kempsey, in Malvern Hills and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th May 2022

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