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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
  • Wichenford 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 today.

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.

Many 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.

The oldest house in the village only reveals its age of c 1450 on close examination of its beams

 Contact  Wichenford Local Heritage Group.