A tithing in Claines Ancient Parish. The tithing was taken into the city of Worcester under the Municipal Corporation Act, 1832. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866. It was abolished in 1898 to help create Worcester Civil Parish.[25] [15]


O.S. Ref: SO847558
North side of the City of Worcester - adjoining St Nicholas parish, with Pitchcroft on its west border and Sansome Fields on the east.
The Tything contained Britannia Square, Royal Free Grammar School, St Oswald's Hospital, Shewrings Hospital, City and County Prison and County Police Station and Christchurch Presbyterian Church


Lower Oswaldslow [44] [25]

Poor Law Union

Worcester (1836-98) [3] [25]


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

WHISTONS, a tything in the parish of CLAINES, lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, adjacent to the north side of the city of Worcester, containing 1344 inhabitants. A priory of White nuns, in honour of St. Mary Magdalene, was founded here, before 1255, by a bishop of Worcester, which at the dissolution had a revenue of £56. 3. 7. A hospital, dedicated to St. Oswald, said to have been founded by Bishop Oswald, for a master and poor brethren, existed here before 1268, and at the dissolution was valued at £15. 18. per ann., when it was granted to the Dean and Chapter of Worcester: it was demolished in the reign of Elizabeth, but after the Restoration was rebuilt by Bishop Fell, who recovered most of its ancient possessions, and it now affords an asylum for twelve poor men. A new gaol has been erected here.

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