Wichenford in the past..
Its church lies on Fitcher
Brook; mentioned in a dispute in 1092
It contains some
outstanding 16th century carved memorials
the current building dates
from the 14th century
had changed little over the last thousand years.
The rest of the village is
made up of scattered hamlets
Wichenford is first
mentioned in a list of charters put together c1100 AD. It
was well settled by 1299, when the Bishop of
Worcester’s registers list names that are still in use
The fact that the name ‘Green’ is
used throughout the village, wherever a collection of half a
dozen houses or less cluster round an open space, betrays
our origins. The village was probably created piecemeal out
of wood clearance, beginning in the years just after the
Norman Conquest, i.e. post 1066.
of our older houses remain secret, hidden down long drives
or behind newer facades. The Forge is the most conspicuous
dating from 1730. The brick buildings at Rimmers Farm and
Bury End Town date only to the early 19th century, but
records show that farms have stood on the same site for
centuries. Wichenford Court has timbers in its roof that
belie its Queen Anne façade. They are re-used from the
previous medieval house; its barn appears to have been
extended by the use of many more.
oldest house in the village only reveals its age of c 1450
on close examination of its beams
Wichenford Local Heritage Group.