Litchborough
Litchborough

Origin: Hill with an enclosure

Domesday: The Abbey of Evesham held 4 hides. Land for 10 ploughs. In demesne 2 ploughs and 8 villans and 6 bordars with 5 ploughs

 

A small village that straddles the Cold Higham to Farthingstone road and the road from Maidford. There are a few modern houses but most are of stone and one or two are of a substantial size, most notably Litchborough House. The old manor farm house is now approaching ruin but was active in the late 1800s when the Wait family farmed there

 

The church, St Martins, has some lovely ancient stained glass dating back to the 13th century, some more colourful recent glass and a rather unusual font.

 

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Manor Farm (home of William Wait 1844)

 

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Home of John Wait 1844

 

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On the last occasion I visited the blossom was out, the daffodils in full bloom and the birds in full song delightful.

If you have any information on the Wait family in Litchborough, particularly from 1700 to the late 1800s then I would like to hear from you.

 

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For a description of the village in the 1800s a Whelans Directory of 1849 is attached.