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St Michael's, SalwarpeSalwarpe is a parish in the borough of Droitwich, upper division of Halfshire hundred, county Worcester, 5½ miles N. of Worcester, its post town, and 2 S.W. of Droitwich. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Droitwich canal and the river Salwarpe; the latter takes its rise under Lickey hills, thence flows 14 miles S.W. past Bromsgrove, Stoke-Prior, and Droitwich, to the Severn, at Hawford Bridge. Salwarpe, in Leland's time, was called Salop. The celebrated Earl of Warwick, Richard Beauchamp, was born here in 1351.



In 1653 Sharington settled the manor on his eldest son John with reversion to the latter's only son Sharington, who died without issue in 1685. John Talbot settled the manor in 1677 upon his second wife Barbara, daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby, kt., and mortgaged it in 1705 for £6,000. By his will, dated 31 August 1712, he directed that the manor should be sold for the payment of his debts.

It was purchased by his grandson John, son of Sir John Ivory, kt., and Anne his wife, who had taken the name of Talbot on succeeding to the manor of Lacock, co. Wiltshire. In 1738 he settled Salwarpe on his son John Talbot, who appears to have sold it to Philip Gresley, for he in 1822 settled it on Robert Archibald Douglas, son of General Archibald Douglas of Witham, co. Essex. Philip Gresley died in 1825, leaving all his property to this Robert on condition that he would take the name of Gresley, and on the latter's death without issue in 1885 Salwarpe passed to his nephew William Willoughby Douglas, rector of Salwarpe, whose son Archibald Douglas now holds it.

- Extracted from  A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913)



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