Certain charities formerly under
the administration of the corporation
have been consolidated and are regulated by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners of
5 May 1908, under the title of 'The Worcester
Consolidated Municipal Charities and Hebb's and
White's Charities,' the endowments thereof to be
administered by the body of trustees thereby constituted, consisting of the mayor ex officio, twelve representative and four co-optative trustees.
In 1908 these charities and their endowments
consisted of:— The almshouses of Robert Berkeley
founded in 1692, and the subsidiary endowment by
will of Christopher Henry Hebb, who died in 1861.
The endowments consist of fourteen almshouses with
chapel and residences for steward and chaplain in
hand, 131 acres at Longmore in Chaddesley Corbett
and 190 acres in Stanford Bishop (co. Hereford),
gross rental £415 15s., and £1,374 1s. 4d. consols.
Charity of Edward Corles, will proved at Worcester 19 June 1866, trust fund, £529 16s. consols,
for Christmas fare for the inmates of the almshouses.
Charity of Thomas Farley, will proved in the
P.C.C. 25 August 1821, trust fund, £361 16s. 2d.
consols for pensions for two poor freemen.
Charities of Charles Geary, founded by will 1789,
Letitia Hackett, will 1804, and the subsidiary endowment of the above-mentioned Christopher Henry
Hebb. Endowments three one hundred and seventieths of the Avenbury estates, amounting to £8 5s.
yearly (see under the St. Thomas Day charities), also
a rent-charge of £15 issuing out of the Angel Inn,
Pershore, and adjoining properties. Also £279
16s. 1d. consols, and a repair fund of £347 16s. 6d.
consols, held by the official trustees, who also hold a
sum of £357 13s. 5d. consols derived under the will
of the said Christopher Henry Hebb, which is being
accumulated until a sum of £899 8s. 3d. stock shall
have been replaced by payments of £26 a year in
pursuance of an order of the Charity Commissioners,
The charities known as the General or St. Thomas
Day charities, recorded in an old book belonging to
the corporation, include the properties mentioned
below:—32 a. I r. I p. at Longdon (co. Worcester),
representing the charities of Laurence Palmer, gift in
1604, and John Chappell; house and property called
The Stacking House at Hartlebury, belonging to the
charities of George and Joice Sheriffe, 1616, Mary
Warmsley and Edmund Simons; a yearly rent-charge
of £4 issuing out of certain lands in Singleborough
(Bucks.), being the charity of William Swaddon, D.D.,
and Elizabeth his wife; a yearly rent-charge of £25
issuing out of land in Powick known as 'The Great
Hamme,' being the gift in 1657 of Thomas Lord
Coventry; also a sum of £344 6s. 3d. consols, representing the charity of Maurice Hiller, otherwise
Hillier. Also lands and rents purchased by Robert
Youle with the gifts of Catherine Heywood and
Thomas Prestwood, which include the following properties, namely: twenty-two houses, shops and
premises in Worcester, including the Shades Inn and
part of the Central Coffee Tavern, High Street, let
at £640 a year for sixty years from Michaelmas,
1903 (see Inglethorps's charity below). Also feefarm rents of 8s. 8d., 5s. 4d. and 5s. 4d. on a house
in High Street, 54 Broad Street, and the late Unicorn
Hotel, Broad Street, respectively, and seventy-two
one hundred and seventieths of the income of 438
acres known as the Avenbury Estates, Herefordshire,
including the Avenbury Court Farm, the Burgess
Farm, and the Grieve Farm and adjoining land known
as Grieve Coppice (let at a gross rental of £467),
purchased in or about 1878, with the funds of certain
of the charities. Also a reserved rent of £5 a year
on tenements in Friar Street, and a yearly rent-charge
of £22 9s. 4d. for land taken by the Worcester and
Birmingham Canal Company. Also 13 acres of land
called Pike Hill in St. Martin's parish, and a farm
in Stanford Bishop containing 57 a. 2 r. 13 p. and
2 r. 15 p. adjoining known as Hill Oak Farm, purchased out of surplus income in 1908–9.
The income from the real estate amounted in 1910
to £1,440 or thereabouts. Also £361 5s. 7d. consols
with the official trustees, who also held a sum of
£261 0s. 8d. consols on an investment account towards raising a sum of £500 as a repair fund for the
The Municipal Widows' Asylum and Almshouse
charity, founded by the above-mentioned Christopher
Henry Hebb, by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners of 1 August 1899, were amalgamated. The
trust properties consist of two houses in Hebb Street
and four houses in South Street, Worcester, producing
about £50 a year, which is applicable in pensions to
widows of deceased aldermen and councillors, decayed
aldermen and councillors or other persons specified in
the scheme. These charities were also possessed in
1908 of £558 10s. 1d. consols and £697 6s. 7d
India 3 per cent. stock, which (subject to replacement) were sold out in 1912 towards providing a
sum of £6,000 lent by the trustees of the Consolidated Municipal Charities to the trustees of Laslett's
almshouses (see Laslett's Almshouse charity below).
The Municipal Corporation Anniversary Day gifts,
founded by the will of the said Christopher Henry
Hebb, consist of twelve one hundred and seventieths
of the income of the Avenbury estates mentioned
above. The income of about £33 a year is directed
to be applied on 9 November yearly in the distribution of tea and sugar among poor widows and married
women with young families.
The charity of Richard Inglethorpe was founded
by will and codicil dated 4 July 1618. The endowments consist of house, shop and premises, being
No. 2 The Cross, Worcester (formerly the 'White
Hart'); house, shop, offices and warehouse being
No. 1 St. Swithun Street; Nos. 2 and 3 St. Swithun
Street; part of the Central Coffee Tavern in High
Street (see under the General or St. Thomas Day
charities above); a warehouse, brewery and other
hereditaments in Sansome Street and warehouse and
offices in the same street; 5 a. 1 r. in Henwick
Road; a cottage and 9 acres, part of the Bull Ring
Farm in Stanford Bishop, and 1 a. 3 r. 26 p. also in
Stanford Bishop. Also fifty-eight one hundred and
seventieths of the net income of the Avenbury estates
mentioned above. The income from the real estate
amounts to £1,150 or thereabouts; also £621 11s. 4d.
The charities of John Nash, alderman, were founded
by will, 1661. The endowments consist of fifteen
almshouses and the site of a warehouse in Nash's
Passage and nine almshouses in Croft Walk; a shop,
brew-house, &c., in New Street, and Nos. 13 and 14
in the same street; a house, garden and premises at
Powick, known as the Old Rectory House, containing
1 a. or. 15 p.; Lower House Farm in Stanford
Bishop (co. Hereford), containing 106 a. 2 r.13 p.;
a piece of land in the same parish called 'Jumper's
Hole,' containing 4 a. 1 r. 22 p.; the whole producing a rental of £250 a year or thereabouts. Also
a rent-charge in lieu of the great tithes of Powick,
full apportioned amount £420, of which £295 10s. 9d.
was received in 1910; also £500 consols as a repair
fund. Under an order of the Charity Commissioners,
1904, a sum of £28 a year is applied towards raising
a further sum of £500 consols as a repair fund, and
under a like order, 1905, a sum of £140 a year is
applied towards the replacement of £6,186 10s. 6d.
consols, the amounts now held by the official trustees on the accounts being £303 16s. consols and
£1,321 10s. 8d. consols respectively.
Charity of Benjamin Thorpe, founded by will
1716, whereby a rent-charge of £5 was devised for
the purpose of buying ten coats for ten poor men.
The annuity was redeemed in 1908 by the transfer
to the official trustees of £200 consols, which was
augmented by a further sum of £52 10s. consols,
representing arrears of the rent-charge.
Charity of Joseph Henry Tyler (founded by deed
2 May 1894), trust fund, £86 1s. 3d. Birmingham
Corporation 3½ per cent. stock, the interest, amounting
to £3 0s. 2d., to be applied by the priest in charge
of the Roman Catholic church of St. George and by
the Roman Catholic bishop in the purchase of
groceries for distribution among twenty poor and
deserving members of the congregation of the Roman
Catholic church of St. George.
Charity of Michael Wyatt, founded by will, 1725.
The endowments consist of six almshouses in Friar
Street, in hand, with right of way over a yard at £5
a year; a house and malt-house in Copenhagen
Street let at £25 a year; and twenty-five one
hundred and seventieths of the income of the Avenbury estates mentioned above, amounting to £68 14s.
yearly; also £226 12s. 3d. consols and £248 8s. 11d.
consols as a repair fund.
The charity of Sir Thomas White founded in 1566
consists of a sum of £104 payable by the corporation
of Bristol once in every twenty-four years, the last
payment of which was made in 1897. By the
scheme any portion not applied by way of loans to
young freemen is directed to be paid to the governing
body of the educational foundations.
The several sums of stock, both on remittance and
investment accounts, are held by the official trustees,
who by the scheme were directed to transfer thereout
the following sums of stock to the credit of the
charities specified, namely: £80 consols to the
grammar school, £100 consols to Queen Elizabeth's
almshouses, £214 3s. 4d. consols to the consolidated
charities of the parishes of St. Alban and St. Helen (see
below) and £320 6s. 8d. consols to the consolidated
charities of the parish of St. Andrew (see below). In
the result of these and other adjustments (fn. 1) the sum
of £2,328 13s. 9d. consols is held by the official
trustees as a general fund, producing £58 4s. 4d.
yearly, and sums of stock amounting to £1,096 5s. 5d.
consols as repair funds, producing £27 8s. yearly.
The net yearly income of the charities is, in addition to the annual payments, amounting to £194, on
the replacement account above mentioned, subject to
the payment of a yearly sum of £252 to the governing body of the educational charities. The remaining
income is by the scheme made applicable in the
following order of priority: (1) towards the cost of
maintenance of the almshouses and their inmates;
(2) in the payment of a yearly sum of £60 to the
chaplain, resident in a suitable tenement in the almshouses of Robert Berkeley, and of £52 a year for a
nurse; (3) in the payment of pensions to persons of
either sex, and (4) in payment for the general benefit
of the poor.
The trustees are empowered to allow single almspeople from 6s to 8s. and married couples from 10s
to 14s. a week, with an allowance for clothing and
coal, and from 7s. 6d. to 12s. for each pensioner, a
preference to be given to the kindred of John Nash,
and in the case of male applicants to those who have
been apprenticed in the city of Worcester.
The income applicable under the scheme for the
general benefit of the poor is directed to be applied
in making payments to deserving and necessitous poor
in such way as the trustees should consider most
advantageous to the recipients and most conducive to
the formation of provident habits.
Charities under the administration of the Six
1. Queen Elizabeth's almshouses, founded by
Letters Patent 23 February 1561–2, and other
benefactions. In 1910 the endowments consisted
of twenty almshouses for women situated in the
tithing of Whistones in hand, a public-house called
the 'Lamb and Flag' and shop adjoining; lands
at Merriman's Hill, containing 16 acres or thereabouts, producing together a gross yearly rental
of £141 10s. 6d.; also an annuity of £190 issuing
out of property in the Butts and Old Waterworks,
Pitchcroft, paid by the Great Western Railway
Company. The personal estate consists of £3,269
10s. 7d. consols and £731 15s. 10d. India 3 per cent.
stock with the official trustees, producing £103 13s. 4d.
2. The almshouses founded in 1613 by will of Thomas
Fleet alias Waldegrave, (fn. 2) consisting of four almshouses in
Northfield Street, one of which is let at £13 7s. 9d. a
year, and an annuity of £16s. 8d. issuing out of premises
in Frog Lane, otherwise Severn Street. The twenty
inmates receive 5s. a week each, nursing and an
allowance for coal, and a sum of £2 10s. a year in
respect of 'Steward's Gift,' and £34 a year is paid to
3. The Free School is dealt with elsewhere. (fn. 3)
St. Oswald's Hospital. (fn. 4) —This foundation is regulated by a scheme of the High Court of Justice of
31 July 1878. The endowments consist of lands
and houses, producing a gross rental of £1,646 yearly,
the tithes of Smite Farm, Claines, amounting to
£16 5s., and £4 from St. Lawrence, Evesham. The
official trustees also hold £9,473 14s. 9d. consols,
£3,604 7s. 11d. India 3 per cent. stock and £4,456
15s. 5d. London County 3 per cent. stock, arising
from sales of land from time to time, and accumulations of income, producing in annual dividends £478
13s. 4d. Out of the net income £20 is paid yearly
to the master, the Dean of Worcester, £150 and
10 tons of coal to the chaplain, £120 to the steward
and £60 to the medical attendant. There are thirtyseven almspeople, to each of whom 8s. is paid weekly;
also a coat is given yearly to each man and a dress to
In 1640 John Haselock, alderman, by his will,
devised £10 yearly to be applied in warm clothing
for ten poor men or women of the city of Worcester
and £2 yearly for two poor men and women of
Martin Hussingtree. The annuities are paid out of
land in the said parish.
Goulding's Hospital, founded by deed 6 October
1814, consists of six almshouses for the accommodation of three poor men and three poor women, built
on a piece of ground, part of the Churchyard Close,
belonging to St. Oswald's Hospital. The founder
endowed the hospital with a sum of £2,800, which
is now represented by £2,030 8s. 2d. consols and
£582 Great Western Railway 4½ per cent. stock, producing together £76 18s. 8d. yearly. The sum of
£15 is paid yearly to St. Oswald's Hospital, and the
balance applied in monthly payments to the inmates
of Goulding's Hospital.
The hospital founded and endowed by Thomas
Shewring, by deed 14 October 1702, for the accommodation of six poor widows or ancient maidens, to
be selected from certain parishes. The trust property
consists of a carriage manufactory and premises situate
in the Tything, Worcester, and a piece of land
adjoining; a farm called the Malt House estate with
two cottages thereon situate at Welland, containing
54 acres; also 45a. 3 r. of land in the same parish
and a rent-charge of £2 4s. in respect of land formerly
part of Welland Common, the income from real estate
amounting to £375 yearly. The official trustees also
hold £3,931 5s. 8d. consols and £477 Great Western
Railway 5 per cent. stock, representing accumulations
of income, producing together £122 2s. 8d. yearly.
Each inmate receives 9s. weekly, with medical attendance and an allowance for coals.
The Prison Charities.—In or about 1723 William
Norton gave £200, the interest to be given to poor
prisoners, and in 1734 Thomas Shepheard by deed
gave £100 for releasing poor prisoners for debt.
These gifts were represented by £482 15s. 2d.
consols, of which £179 6s. 8d. consols was by an
order of the Charity Commissioners, 1907, set aside
to form the endowment of the Worcester Educational Foundation, producing £4 9s. 6d. yearly. The
residue, augmented by accumulations to £349 6s.
consols, producing £8 14s. 8d. yearly, was by a
scheme of 16 May 1890 made applicable in assisting
discharged prisoners from Worcester prison. The
sums of stock are held by the official trustees.
The General Infirmary, established in 1745 by
public subscription, is possessed of the following permanent funds, namely: the Bonaker Trust Fund,
arising under the will of the Rev. William Bonaker,
proved in 1869; trust fund, £8,762 14s. 3d. consols,
a preference to be given to patients nominated by the
vicar and churchwardens of Evesham St. Lawrence;
The Ganderton Trust Fund, under will of
Charles Ganderton, proved in 1893; trust fund,
£12,100 17s. 6d. consols, preference to be given to
patients nominated by the vicar and churchwardens of
Charity of William Withering, will proved in
1833, trust fund, £299 9s. 4d. consols;
William Henry Ricketts's charity, will proved in
1858, trust fund, £200 consols;
Miss Harriet Ricketts's charity, will proved in 1864,
trust fund, £100 consols;
William Morton's charity, will proved in 1869,
trust fund, £100 consols;
Thomas William Hill's charity, will proved in 1874,
trust fund, £180 consols; and charity of William
Aston, will 1903, trust fund, £49 7s. 4d. consols.
The funds of the six last-mentioned charities are
held by the official trustees, and the aggregate income
of the several trust funds amounts to £544 16s.
In 1779 Henry Deykin by his will proved in the
P.C.C. bequeathed £600, the interest to be applied
towards the salary of the pastor of the Baptist church
in Worcester. The legacy, with a further legacy of
£100 by the same testator to another Baptist church,
which has been discontinued, is advanced on mortgage at 4 per cent. to the trustees of the Baptist
chapel and schools in Sansome Walk. The income of
£28 a year is paid to the minister of the Baptist
The Worcester Hop Market Charity.—Under an
Act of 1792 (fn. 5) the hop market held in the workhouse
was vested in the guardians of the poor, the profits
to be divided among the respective churchwardens
and overseers of the several parishes of the city and
other places towards providing for the maintenance of
the poor in proportion to the respective quotas of the
poor rates by them severally raised and paid towards
building the said workhouse. For the year ended
25 March 1909 a sum of £1,723 was received in
rents, £528 for weighing and £870 for warehousing.
The almshouses founded by William Laslett by
indenture dated 19 September 1868 for the accommodation of thirty-three inmates (men and women)
were endowed by him under an indenture 9 April
1875, whereby a farm known as Newton Court Farm,
containing 350 acres or thereabouts, was settled in trust
for the almshouses. The land is let at £380 a year.
A chapel was also built for the use of the public, as
well as of the inmates, the chaplain receiving £60 a
year out of the rents. Each of the inmates, who
number fifteen on the average, receives 5s. a week,
with an allowance for coals. Under an order of the
Charity Commissioners of 9 May 1911 a sum of
£6,000 was borrowed from the trustees of the Municipal Consolidated Charities for providing the cost of
rebuilding the almshouses, to be repaid by instalments
of £200 a year.
The Royal Albert Asylum, founded in 1868–9, to
which the 'Wheeler Wing' was added in 1885, has
accommodation for fifty boys and forty girls. The
grounds of 15 acres in extent are cultivated by the boys.
The official trustees hold a sum of £149 4s. Local
Loans stock as a permanent fund, producing £4 9s. 4d
yearly, derived under the will of Martin Curtler.
proved at Worcester 24 December 1901.
The almshouses founded and endowed by John
Wheeley Lea, by deed 27 January 1869, consist of
six almshouses, situate in the Infirmary Walk, in the
parish of St. Nicholas, for the accommodation of poor
women of sixty years of age and upwards. The endowments consist of a house, an orchard containing
4 a. 3 r., and 5 a. 1 r. called Upper Cow Pasture, all
situated in the parish of Kempsey, and let at £42
a year; also a sum of £1,900 consols, producing
£47 10s. yearly, standing in the corporate name of
'The Governors and Supervisors of the Royal Free
Grammar School and Almshouses of the City of
Worcester.' The inmates are entitled to 4s. a week
each with an allowance of coal.
The Worcester Visiting Society Trust, which
originated in 1821 with the deposit of a sum of £50
in the savings bank, is regulated by a scheme of the
Charity Commissioners of 3 April 1891. The fund
now consists of £312 1s. 10d. consols with the
official trustees, producing £7 16s. yearly, which by
the scheme is made applicable in aid of the funds of
the Worcester Benevolent Institution for visiting the
sick poor at their own homes.
The Worcester Special Reserve Battalions Charity
is regulated by schemes of the Charity Commissioners
of 1891 and 1910. The trust fund consists of a sum
of £375 13s. 6d. consols with the official trustees, the
annual dividend of which, amounting to £9 7s. 8d.
yearly, was made applicable by the officers and
adjutants of the 5th and 6th special reserve battalions
of the Worcestershire Regiment and the Mayor of
Worcester for the benefit of deserving and necessitous
wives and families of non-commissioned officers and
men of the said battalions, bona fide resident in the city.
The Worcester Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals is possessed of £200, representing
two legacies of £100 each, bequeathed by the wills
of William Woodward, M.D., and Mrs. Elizabeth
Jones, proved at Worcester respectively on 30 September 1905 and 20 March 1906. The principal
sum has been advanced upon a mortgage of two freehold houses, Nos. 6 and 7, Britannia Square, Worcester, at 4 per cent.
An account of the educational foundations, including Bishop Lloyd's School, the Cathedral Grammar
School and others, is given elsewhere. (fn. 6)
Parish of All Saints.—Several of the charities of
this parish, consisting of donations of sums of money,
which were recorded on the church table, were
expended in the rebuilding of the church in 1736, or
on other parochial purposes. The charities at present
subsisting in the parish are as follows, namely:—
In 1636 William Solley, by his will, gave a ton of
coal yearly charged upon a house in Quay Street for
distribution among five poor men and five poor women.
In 1640 Thomas Chetle, by his will, devised
certain property at Colwall (co. Hereford), which
was subsequently augmented by Jane Baker, the rents
and profits to be applied in the distribution of
clothing. The trust property consists of a house and
buildings, and about 12 acres at Colwall, producing
In 1670 Anthony Carless, by his will, gave 12s.
yearly for coats for two poor men, payable out of
certain houses in Newport Street.
In 1676 Robert Kinnersley by his will gave £100,
the interest to be applied in coats for poor men and
£1 in Bibles for the poor. The legacy was in 1690
invested in land, the endowment now consisting of
1 a. 2 r. and 3 r. 25 p. with buildings thereon, in
St. Clement's parish, producing £34 yearly.
Samuel Matthews, who died in 1684, by his will
devised certain lands at Alfrick, in the parish of Suckley,
for charitable purposes. The trust property consists
of 6 acres, or therea bouts, producing £20 yearly.
In 1776 Sarah Hall, by her will, bequeathed £200,
the interest to be applied in providing gowns for six
In 1815 Robert Vellers, by his will, bequeathed
£100 for the poor.
These legacies are now represented by £280
consols and £93 18s. 8d. consols respectively. The
sums of stock are registered in the names of administering trustees, producing £9 6s. 8d. yearly.
In 1868 Colonel John Isaiah Meredith, by his
will, proved at Worcester, bequeathed £500, the
interest to be distributed in coal on St. Thomas's Day.
In 1909 Mrs. Frances Leonard, by her will,
proved at London, bequeathed £200, the income to
be applied in food or clothing for poor widows.
The two legacies, less duty, are represented by
£455 13s. 11d. consols and £212 14s. consols
respectively with the official trustees, producing
£16 14s. yearly. In 1909 the sum of £113 was
expended in the distribution of grocery, bread, coal
and clothing, £4 4s. being paid to the hospital.
Parishes of St. Alban and St. Helen.—The
charities for the poor of these parishes have by a
scheme of the Charity Commissioners of 24 February
1903 been consolidated. They comprise the following charities, namely:—
1. Martha Butler, gift before 1786, trust fund,
£133 6s. 8d. consols;
2. George Frankcombe, will 1756, trust fund,
£9 18s. consols, which charities were recorded on the
church table of St. Albanls.
3. Robert Vellers, will 1815, trust fund, £107 1s.
consols and £102 12s. 5d. on deposit in the Post
Office Savings Bank;
4. Ann Dennis, will 1798, trust fund, £50 on
deposit in the Post Office Savings Bank;
5. Duckworth Meadow, otherwise Mrs. Aubrey's
charity, date of foundation unknown, endowed with
2 acres at Upton upon Severn, producing £2 10s.
6. Roger Clarke, will 1691, being an annuity of
£2 10s. issuing out of No. 13 High Street;
7. John Haselock, will 1640, trust fund, £228
6s. 4d. India 3½ per cent. stock, arising from the sale
in 1903 of a tenement and shop in Sidbury;
8. John Hughes, will 1636, being an annuity of
£2 charged on a house in Friar Street.
9. Alexander Kidson, will, being an annuity of
5s. 8d. charged on a shop in the High Street;
10 Thomas Waldegrave (Walsgrove), gift in
1613, consisting of a warehouse in Fish Street, producing £5 yearly;
11. Roger Whitbrooke, will 1535, the trust property of which consists of 1 a. 3 r. 30 p. known as
Tybridge Meadow in Worcester, producing £12
12. Robert Youle, will, date not stated, being an
annuity of 18s. 8d. issuing out of the model dwellings,
Copenhagen Street (fn. 7) ;
13. The Bread Money, consisting of £214 3s. 4d.
consols, transferred to these charities under the scheme
of 1908 (see under City of Worcester Consolidated
The several sums of stock are with the official
trustees, who also hold a sum of £192 13s. 6d. India
3½ per cent. stock, representing accumulations of
income. The gross income of the consolidated
charities amounts to £55. In 1911 the sum of
£5 5s. was paid to the Worcester Infirmary, £2 2s.
to the Dispensary, £2 2s. to the Benevolent Society,
and £40 was applied for the benefit of the sick and
In 1905 Miss Caroline Louisa Kerr, by her will,
proved at Worcester 15 August, bequeathed her
residuary estate to be applied from time to time for
the benefit of the poor, and for such purposes for or
in connexion with the church of St. Helen as the
rector and churchwardens should deem desirable. In
respect of this legacy a sum of £816 5s. 6d. India 3½
per cent. stock was transferred to the official trustees, of
which a sum of £103 6s. 1d. stock has already been
sold out and the proceeds applied in accordance with
the terms of the donor's will.
Parish of St. Andrew.—The charities for the poor
of this parish were by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners, 27 October 1893, consolidated. They
include the following charities, namely:—
1. John Waldegrave (Walsgrove), otherwise Fleet
(recorded on the church table), founded by will,
1567, the endowment consisting of almshouses in
Powick Lane for four almspeople, who receive 5s. a
week each, and four dwelling-houses, a warehouse and
yard in Powick Lane;
2. Thomas Waldegrave (Walsgrove), will 1590,
trust fund, £55 14s. 11d. consols, arising from the
sale in 1895 of a piece of land in Birdport;
3. John Waldegrave (Walsgrove), jun., gift in
1613, trust fund, £320 6s. 8d. consols, transferred to
these charities under scheme of 1908 in satisfaction
of certain annual payments (see under City of
Worcester Consolidated Charities above).
4. William Jarvis, will 1722. Endowment consisting of four almshouses for three men and one
woman who receive 6s. each weekly, thirteen tenements in Copenhagen Street, a schoolroom, three
shops and a dwelling-house;
5. Lewis Randolph, founded in 1613, originally
an annuity of 13s. 4d., but redeemed by the transfer
of the stock above mentioned under charity No. 3;
6. John Street (recorded on the church table),
will 1622, being an annuity of 16s. charged on a
messuage in Quay Street;
7. George Street, mayor and alderman, will 1643.
Endowment, a dwelling-house, shop and cottage in
8. Jane and Ann Higgens, deed 1693, being a
rent-charge of £3 issuing out of seven dwelling-houses
in Powick Lane;
9. George Frankcombe, will 1756, trust fund,
£4 17s. 8d. consols;
10. Robert Vellers, will 1815, trust fund, £99
0s. 2d. consols;
11. Ann Robins Lingham, will 1868, trust fund,
£49 9s. 10d. consols;
12. William Stephens, will 1886, trust fund, £19
9s. 9d. consols;
13. Hugh Bouchier (recorded on church table),
being an annuity of £1 10s. issuing out of a messuage
in Powick Lane;
14. Elizabeth Barry, gift, date not stated, trust
fund, £115 9s. 4d. consols;
15. William Solley, will 1636, consisting of 1 ton
of coal provided out of rent of a messuage in Quay
16. John Chappel (recorded on the church table),
consisting of twelve quartern loaves provided annually
by the Clothiers' Company of Worcester.
The several sums of stock are with the official
trustees, who also hold a sum of £2,442 18s. 6d.
consols as the almshouse repair fund, producing
together £77 13s. 4d. yearly, and the gross income
from the real estate amounts to £240 yearly. The
scheme directs that, after providing for the distribution
of coal and loaves in respect of the charities of Solley
and Chappel and of the allowances to the almspeople
above mentioned, one moiety of the net income shall
be applicable for the benefit of the poor and the
other moiety in apprenticing and in providing technical education by means of evening classes.
The following charities are also administered by
the trustees of the consolidated charities, namely:—
The charity of John Coucher, founded by deed
1633, the endowment of which consists of part of
the Glovers' Arms Inn and a dwelling-house adjoining,
producing £18 yearly. A moiety of the income is
applicable in the repair of the parish church and in
the maintenance of the services and furniture, and
the remaining moiety in augmentation of the income
of the consolidated charities.
The charity of Miss Anna Farrell, founded by
will proved at London, 10 March 1894, trust fund,
£88 2s. 5d. consols, the annual dividends, amounting
to £2 4s., being applicable for the general benefit of
the poor, and the charity of Selina Lingham, founded
by will proved at London, 25 September 1902, in
memory of testatrix's husband, trust fund, £698 1s. 3d.
consols, the annual dividends, amounting to £17 9s.,
being applicable under the title of the Lingham gifts
in the payment on 13 February of 2s. 6d. to each of
the inmates of the almshouses in Powick Lane, and
twenty-one persons to receive a clothing ticket of 3s.
on St. Thomas's Day, the residue to be divided
among the same recipients.
Lost Charities.—The charities of Thomas Shewring
and others, by whom benefactions amounting to
£458 were made for the poor, are no longer in
existence. The principal sums are supposed to have
been expended for parochial purposes.
Parish of St. Clement.—The following charities
are regulated by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners of 2 October 1883, namely:—
1. Charity of Thomas Whitley, will proved on
the feast of St. Hilary, 1466, trust property, originally
two meadows in St. John in Bedwardine for the
repair of a wooden bridge at the end of 'Tyebrugge,'
built by the said donor, and in repairing the highway called 'Hylton Street,' exchanged in 1813 for
land called Little Whitmores. This property was sold
in 1882 and the proceeds invested in £2,002 10s. 1d.
2. Charity of Agnes or Anna Cleeve, will
recited in deed 10 October 1650; the trust property
originally consisted of the Bear Inn in Hylton Road
and five houses adjoining the inn, and several houses
in Tybridge Street, the rents and profits thereof to
be applied for similar purposes as the Whitley charity
and for the reparation of the parish church and for
the relief of the poor. The Bear Inn and houses
adjoining were sold in 1901 and 1902 and the
proceeds invested in £2,326 0s. 6d. consols and
£1,857 7s. 4d. India 3 per cent. stock. The property
in Tybridge Street is let at £127 6s. yearly.
3. Charity of Henry Giles (recorded on the
church table), will 1745, legacy of £20, the interest
to buy two coats for two poor men on 1 November
yearly. The principal sum was expended in the
purchase of the yard to the Bear Inn, and is included
in the preceding charity.
The sums of stock above mentioned are held by the
official trustees, who also hold a sum of £77 0s. 5d.
India 3 per cent. stock derived from the sale in 1910
of three tenements situate in the Pinch belonging to
Under the provisions of the scheme two-fifths of
the income of the charities is made applicable for
the maintenance of the church and of the services
and furniture thereof, one-fifth for the benefit of the
poor, the remaining two-fifths to form the educational
foundation of Whitley and others. The sums of stock
have been allocated as to £2,496 19s. 6d. consols
and £30 16s. 2d. India 3 per cent. stock to the
educational foundation, producing together £63 6s. 8d.
yearly, and as to £1,423 16s. 6d. consols and £1,903
11s. 7d. India 3 per cent. stock to the church and
poor branches of the charity, producing together
£93 13s. 8d. yearly. The official trustees also hold
a sum of stock on an investment account to replace
a sum of £407 14s. 7d. consols recently sold out for
In 1815 Robert Vellers by his will bequeathed
£100 for the poor. The legacy is now represented
by £105 consols with the official trustees, the annual
dividends of which, amounting to £2 12s. 4d., are
applied in the purchase of gowns for poor widows.
Jane Williams, who died in 1903, by her will
bequeathed £100, the interest to be applied for the
benefit of poor widows and spinsters. The legacy
was invested in £104 0s. 7d. London County 3 per
cent. stock, producing £3 2s. 4d. yearly.
Lost Charities.—The charities of Clement Wrighton
alias Wrighter and others, by whom benefactions
amounting to £225, as recorded on the church table,
were made for the poor, have ceased to be paid, the
principal sums having been spent on parochial objects.
Parish of St. Nicholas.—The eleemosynary charities consist of the following, namely:—Charity of
Mr. Steynor (as appeared from an old book of donations), who founded almshouses adjoining the churchyard, which in 1736 were pulled down for the enlargement of the churchyard. The inmates received the
rents of a house in Birdport (subsequently exchanged
for a house in Cookeng Street) and of two houses in
Warmystry's Slip. The properties were sold in 1884
for £71, which with a legacy of £21 for the poor,
bequeathed in 1794 by will of John Goodman, is
now represented by £100 consols.
The following charities were recorded on the
benefaction tables in the church, namely:—William
Solley's charity, consisting of a ton of coal charged
on a messuage in Quay Street, in respect of which a
yearly sum of £1 is now paid.
Edward Elvine, being an annuity of £1 6s. issuing
out of No. 25, The Cross, Worcester.
Thomas Eaton, being an annuity of £1 6s. issuing
out of Foregate Hall.
Richard Blurton, being an annuity of 10s. out of
a meadow called White Ladies' Close.
Harry Philips and Jane his wife, who gave £50,
one moiety of the interest to be paid to the minister
and the other moiety for poor housekeepers. The
legacy was laid out in the purchase of a house and
garden in St. John in Bedwardine, which has been sold
and the proceeds invested in the ground-rents of
Nos. 4, 6 and 8, Cleveland Terrace, and of the
Presbyterian church, Foxley Road, Kensington,
producing £60 10s. yearly.
Aaron Lilley and certain members of his family
made benefactions amounting together to £153 3s.
for the poor in bread, for schooling and clothing
children, for clothing poor men and for the
distribution of coal. The principal sums were laid
out in 1724 in the purchase of 5 acres in Pitchcroft.
The land was sold in 1891 and the proceeds invested
in £486 8s. 4d. consols.
It further appeared that William Ballard and others
enumerated on the benefaction table made gifts for
the poor, amounting in the aggregate to £199, to be
applied in various ways, which in pursuance of a
resolution at a parish meeting held in 1728 were
employed with other moneys towards the rebuilding
of the church. The amounts so advanced appear to
have been repaid and a sum of £341 3s. 8d. consols
is held by the official trustees in respect thereof.
Charity of Alderman Edward Solley, will, being an
annuity of £2 12s. for bread, issuing out of Nos. 4
and 5, Broad Street, Worcester.
Charities of George Bagnall and others.—In 1680
George Bagnall, by his will, gave £40 for the poor,
which, augmented by members of his family and
others to the sum of £143, as recited in the deed of
conveyance dated 31 July 1684, was laid out in the
purchase of 30 acres or thereabouts in the parish of
Cradley. The land was sold in 1875 and the proceeds invested in £615 16s. consols, producing
£15 7s. 8d. yearly. A piece of land at Rainbow Hill,
with two cottages thereon, purchased in 1812 with the
proceeds of sale of timber in 1812, and containing
2,264 sq. yds., is still retained in trust for these
charities, producing £33 6s. yearly.
In 1776 Mrs. Sarah Hall by her will bequeathed
£200 for providing warm gowns for six poor maids
In 1791–2 the Rev. George Cornwall (in his lifetime) gave £200 for bread for the poor on New Year's
These charities are now represented by £200 consols
In or about 1814 George Wingfield and his widow
by their respective wills bequeathed the amount of
£100, the interest to be applied in buying gowns for
poor women on St. Thomas's Day, and in 1815
Robert Vellers by his will bequeathed £100 for the
poor of this parish.
The two legacies are now represented by £310
Charity of Mary Berwick, will, proved 8 November
1822, trust fund, £94 6s. 6d. consols, the dividends
to be distributed in coal in November yearly.
Charity of John Dent, will, proved in the P.C.C.
18 March 1856, trust fund, £529 16s. consols, the
annual dividends to be applied in clothes and coal
for poor women of fifty years of age and upwards.
Charity of Thomas Hyde, will, proved 12 February
1859, trust fund, £186 15s. 4d. consols, the annual
dividends to be applied in food, clothing, or other
comforts among not less than ten or more than
Charity of Thomas Nicholls Stratford, will, proved
at Worcester 8 March 1883, trust fund, £396 10s. 7d.
consols, the dividends to be applied in relief of poor.
Charity of Mrs. S. Williams, will, proved at
Worcester 4 January 1895, trust fund, £19 0s. 5d.
consols, the dividends to be given on St. Thomas's
Day to some poor widow.
The several sums of stock, with the exception of
that belonging to the charities of George Bagnall and
others, are held by the official trustees, producing
annually £69 a year. The net income of the
charities is expended by the rector and churchwardens
in sundry gifts on St. Thomas's Day—drapery, coal,
sheets and bread—and in money gifts.
The above-mentioned Mary Berwick, by her said
will, left a legacy now represented by £268 18s. 2d.
consols, the annual dividends, amounting to £6 14s. 4d.,
to be applied in relieving such poor persons of the
Roman Catholic Church as should stand in need of
assistance. The distribution is made in small sums
of money. The stock is held by the official trustees,
who also hold a sum of £85 12s. 8d. consols, arising
from the investment of accumulations of income of
William Bagnall and other charities producing
£2 2s. 8d. yearly.
Apprenticeship Fund Charities.—In 1681 (as
appeared from the book of donations) John Stirrop,
by his will, gave an annuity of 20s. issuing out of
two messuages in Angell Street for placing out an
apprentice every other year.
William Bagnall (as appeared from the benefaction
table) gave £4 every other year out of a meadow
near St. Martin's Gate (adjoining the Pheasant Inn)
for placing out a poor fatherless child as an apprentice.
This parish is in possession of 190 sq. yds. in
Infirmary Walk, comprised in deed of trust, 20 June
1855, purchased with a sum of £175, of which £100
belonged to the benefaction fund and £75 to the
apprenticing fund. The land, known as the Carless
Rent charity, is let at £2 a year, which is applicable
for the poor fund and apprenticeship fund in the
proportions of four-sevenths and three-sevenths.
St. Swithun.—The charities subsisting in this
parish, which were for the most part recorded on
the church tables, are regulated by a scheme of the
Charity Commissioners of 30 November 1909, as
varied by a scheme of 30 June 1911, whereby the
charities were divided into the church branch and
the poor's branch.
The church branch includes the following charities,
The charity of Katherine Benson and others,
founded by deed 1723, trust fund, £258 16s. 11d.
consols, arising from the sale in 1899 of a meadow
in the parish of Hallow.
Josias Underhill's charity, will 1699, trust fund,
£150 1s. 4d. consols arising from the redemption of
a rent-charge of £3 formerly issuing out of a house in
The sums of stock are held by the official trustees,
the dividends, amounting together to £10 4s., being
payable to the rector for reading prayers at 5 p.m.
every day except Sundays and holy days.
Charity of Sophia Laslett the elder, gift before
1836, trust fund, £225 17s. 3d. consols with the
official trustees, the annual dividends, amounting to
£5 12s. 8d., being payable to the rector for augmenting the Sunday evening lecturer's stipend, or other
charitable purposes. The rector also receives £1 out
of the income of Hugh Bouchier's charity (see
below) for a sermon on Maundy Thursday and on
17 November, and a yearly sum of 10s. from the
charity of William Swift (see below) for a sermon on
Good Friday. Also a moiety of the church and
parish funds, the particulars of the origin of which
are unknown, is by the scheme appropriated for
ecclesiastical purposes. The real estate consists of six
houses in the High Street, a house and seven tenements in Lowesmoor, three houses and gardens, a
cottage, warehouse, and stable in the Trinity, four
houses in the Shambles, and two cellars in Church
Street, the whole being let at £778 yearly. The
official trustees also hold a sum of £192 13s. 10d.
consols, producing £4 16s. 4d. yearly. A sum of
£1,600 has recently been expended in repairs of the
church, which will be replaced in due course. The
moiety of the income is directed to be applied in the
payment of £200 a year in augmentation of the
rector's stipend; also of £100 a year to the official
trustees to form a 'fabric fund,' also in payments
towards the support of the services of the church and
stipends of church officers; any residue to be paid to
the official trustees for investment in augmentation of
the fabric fund.
The poor's branch includes the following charities,
Charity of Hugh Bouchier, M.D., consisting of an
annuity of £3 10s. issuing out of a messuage in the
High Street, applicable, subject to the payment of
20s. for sermons, for the benefit of the poor.
Charity of William Swift, gifts in 1668 and 1671,
consisting of an annuity of £4 14s. issuing out of
warehouses facing Bank Street, which, subject to the
payment of 10s. for a sermon, was applicable in the
distribution of bread and coal.
Charity of Sir Charles Trubshaw Withers, will
1741, trust fund, £170 18s. 9d. consols.
Charity of Robert Vellers, will 1815, trust fund,
£92 7s. 4d consols.
Charity of Sophia Laslett the younger, gift before
1851, trust fund, £100 consols. The several sums
of stock are held by the official trustees, producing
£9 1s. 4d. yearly.
Also a moiety of the church and parish lands (see
The income of the poor's branch is made applicable as to a sum not exceeding four-tenths in the
provision and maintenance of an institute, and the
remainder for the general benefit of the poor. In
1911 the net income of the poor's branch amounted
to £340 6s. 5d., of which £120 was applied for the
institute, £49 12s. in weekly pensions, £31 to the
nurse's fund, £14 14s. to the infirmary, £90 or
thereabouts in distribution in articles in kind, and the
remainder in gifts to hospitals and sanatoria, &c.
Lost Charities.—The charities of Launcelot
Stonehall and others, by whom benefactions to the
amount of £274 (as recorded on the church tables)
were made for the poor, have ceased to be paid,
the principal sums having been made use of by the
Parish of Barbourne St. Stephen.—The charity
founded by the Rev. James Oldham, by deed of
trust 8 December 1891, is endowed with £628 5s. 5d.
consols with the official trustees, the annual dividends, amounting to £15 14s., being applicable as
to one moiety in the current yearly expenses of
maintaining the National schools, and the other
moiety in keeping the school buildings in repair.
Tything of Whistones.—In 1849 Christopher Henry
Hebb, by a codicil to his will, bequeathed £200
consols with the official trustees, the dividends,
amounting to £5 a year, to be given at Christmas in
bread to the poor residing in the tything of Whistones
and within the district assigned to St. George's,
Parish of Holy Trinity.—In 1897 James Andrews,
by his will proved at London 14 July, bequeathed
£200, the interest to be applied for the benefit of
the deserving poor.
In 1899 Mary Harris Pugh, by her will proved
at Worcester 18 February, bequeathed £150, the
interest to be applied in the distribution of bread
and coal among the aged poor and widows on
St. Thomas's Day.
The legacies were respectively invested in £209
16s. 4d. consols and in £157 7s. 3d. consols, in the
names of the then vicar and churchwardens. The
annual dividends, amounting to £8 13s. 4d., are
distributed in grocery and coal to about ninety
Accounts of the charities in the parishes of
St. John in Bedwardine, St. Martin and St. Peter
will be found under those parishes. (fn. 8)