People have lived in the Stoulton area for a long long time.  Before the Norman Conquest, and for quite a while afterwards the land here was held, - under the King of course - by the Bishop of Worcester. The bishop was a major land owner in this part of the world.  The Diocese of Worcester was been established in the year 681. Over the centuries many wealthy people, in addition to royalty, had given land to the Church. There were Christian centres all around here.  Visitors today enjoy visiting Worcester Cathedral which was, until the Reformation of the 16th century not only the seat of the Bishop but the home of a community of Benedictine monks.


By the end of the 10th century there were many Benedictine monasteries on this area; they included Evesham, Winchcombe, Tewkesbury and, even more locally, Pershore.  Visitors still enjoy visiting what is left of their beautiful abbeys today.  Pershore Abbey is only four miles away but strangely, until the Reformation, the people who lived in Stoulton would have had very little to do with the people who lived in Pershore and even the village of Drakes Broughton which is less than 2 miles away!  


Why? Because this was boundary land. There is a hamlet within Stoulton parish called Hawbridge, its just down the hill on the B4084 from Stoulton village on the way to Pershore.  As the name implies there is a bridge over a stream in Hawbridge.  Almost unnoticed by travellers today this steam would be unremarkable but for the fact that it floods and once denoted the boundary between the land  in the hands of the Bishop of Worcester and the land in the hands of the Abbot of Pershore on the other side.  A bridge, or a ford would have been necessary for travellers and animals to cross even the smallest stream and the upkeep of that bridge has long been a source of contention here.

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