Cottages near Church of St. Werburgh at Handbury

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (2)

rob upton on October 19, 2010

great picture , but these aren't cottages , it is just one house

pedrocut on October 21, 2010

Thanks Rob

If you zoom in or look on Street View on Google Earth you can see that it looks like one dwelling. I noticed that a property in the road called The Thatches was sold for three quarters of a million quid!

Intrigued to see if they were at one time separate cottages I looked on the 1888 OS Map and noticed that this dwelling could have been the Vicarage.

Also on this map the Church is marked as St. James! Now looking on British  History online..

Hanbury (St. James)

HANBURY (St. James), a parish, in the union of Burton-upon-Trent, N. division of the hundred of Offlow and of the county of Stafford; comprising the townships of Coton, Draycott-in-the-Clay, Fauld, Hanbury, Hanbury-Woodend, and Marchington-Woodlands, and the chapelries of Marchington and Newborough; the whole containing 2483 inhabitants, of whom 114 are in the township of Hanbury, 6¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Burton. This parish is very extensive, being upwards of five miles square. The living is a vicarage not in charge, in the gift of the Bishop of Lichfield: the tithes have been commuted for £862, of which £510 are paid to the bishop, and £352 to the vicar, who has also a glebe of 20 acres. The church, principally in the later English style, with a Norman font, was repewed, and the north aisle rebuilt, in 1824. Marchington and Newborough form separate incumbencies. A school is endowed with about £24 per annum, and there are several bequests for the poor. In the year 680, the Saxon princess, St. Werburgh, became abbess of a nunnery founded here by her brother Ethelred, King of Mercia: she was buried in this convent; but in 876 her remains were removed to Chester, where an elegant shrine was erected to her memory. No vestige of the nunnery is now visible.

I have posted a query on a history forum but as yet no one has responded as to how the name of the Church was mistaken.

Regards Peter

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  • Uploaded on January 2, 2009
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 900Ti
    • Taken on 2007/06/07 13:41:46
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