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Hallow, Worcestershire

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Hallow post office
Location within Worcestershire
Population1,173 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSO8257
Civil parish
  • Hallow
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWR2
Dialling code01905
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteWelcome to Hallow Parish Council
List of places
52°13′16″N 2°15′11″W / 52.221°N 2.253°W / 52.221; -2.253Coordinates: 52°13′16″N 2°15′11″W / 52.221°N 2.253°W / 52.221; -2.253

Hallow is a village and civil parish beside the River Severn, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north-west of Worcester in Worcestershire. The village is on the A443 road that links Worcester with Holt Heath.

Hallow has a public house,[2] a post office and a Church of England primary school.[3]

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Grimley Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[4]



The hand axe discovered in 1970s in Hallow. Potentially the first Early Middle Palaeolithic artefact from the West Midlands.
The hand axe discovered in 1970s in Hallow. Potentially the first Early Middle Palaeolithic artefact from the West Midlands.

There is evidence of human presence from the paleolithic period, roughly 700,000-500,000 years ago. Flint axe heads were found near Hallow in the 1970s.[5]


In the 9th century the toponym was recorded as Halhegan, Heallingan and Halnegan.[6] In the 11th century it was recorded as Halhegan and Hallhagan, while in the 13th century it was Hallawe, Hallaye or Hallag.[6]


The earliest record of the manor of Hallow is from AD 816, during the reign of Coenwulf of Mercia, when Hallow evidently belonged to Worcester Cathedral, and by the 10th century Hallow belonged to the Benedictine priory attached to the cathedral.[6] After the Dissolution of the Monasteries around 1540 the cathedral retained Hallow, and in 1913 the manor was vested in the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.[6]

By the middle of the 11th century Worcester Priory had fishponds at Hallow and in 1256 permission was granted for a warren as well.[6] Both were still in use in 1346.[6]

The Domesday Book records that in 1086 Hallow had two mills for grinding grain:[6] presumably watermills on the River Severn. Hallow Mill was still in use in 1913.[6]

Parish church

Until 1876 Hallow was a chapelry of Grimley.[6] Hallow's original chapel of ease was demolished in 1830 and replaced by a modest Georgian chapel on a new site about 300 yards (270 m) south-east of the old one.[6]

In 1867 the second chapel was demolished and building began of the present Church of England parish church of Saint Philip and Saint James. It was designed by W.J. Hopkins and completed in 1869.[7] Hallow was made a separate parish in 1876.[6] The bell tower with its 150 feet (46 m) high broach spire were added in 1879.[7]

The church is W.J. Hopkins' most notable work.[7] The nave and clerestorey are of four bays and are flanked by north and south aisles.[7] The clerestorey is supported by flying buttresses and, like a number of Hopkins' works, has round windows.[7] The chancel and its arch are impressively high.[7] 17th and 18th century memorial tablets from the old chapel were preserved and are mounted in the new church.[6][7]

The old chapel had three bells in 1552 and five in 1740.[8] A 16th-century bell from the old chapel hung in the new church until 1900, when a new peal of eight bells cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough was hung in the tower.[9]

Notable people

Colonel William Careless, who preserved the life of Charles II by hiding him in the Royal Oak (1651), was resident in Hallow during the 1680s.

The manufacturer and philanthropist William Morris (1877-1963), the future Viscount Nuffield, was born in Hallow and baptised at SS Philip and James.[8]

The diplomat, archeologist, explorer and historian Stewart Perowne was born in Hallow in 1901.

Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842) died in Hallow en route from Edinburgh to London and is buried in the churchyard.[10]


  1. ^ "Area selected: Malvern Hills (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. ^ The Crown at Hallow
  3. ^ Hallow C.E. Primary School
  4. ^ Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
  5. ^ Russell et al. 2018
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Victoria County History, 1913, pages 367-372
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Pevsner, 1968, page 182
  8. ^ a b "A Brief History of Hallow Church". Hallow Church. The parish of St. Philip and St. James, Hallow. 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Hallow SS Philip & James". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/cms/files/fellows/biographical_index/fells_indexp1.pdf


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