Eckington, Worcestershire

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Eckington Main Street
Location: 52°4’19"N, 2°6’56"W
Population: 1,202  (2001)
Post town: Pershore
Postcode: WR10
Local Government
Council: Wychavon

Eckington is a small village near to the southern border of Worcestershire. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,202.

The village is surrounded by the River Avon and often experiences flooding on its entry roads. It is situated at the north-west side of Bredon Hill, an outcrop of the Cotswolds. The nearest towns to Eckington and also situated along the River Avon are Pershore which is four miles north and Evesham 10 miles north-east. The historic town of Tewkesbury is situated eight miles south-west on the River Severn which river also runs through the nearest city of Worcester, 13 miles from Eckington.

Eckington is renowned for Eckington Bridge, which is the subject of a poem by Arthur Quiller-Couch,[1] its village cross and its Norman-period church. It has a thriving first school, the Eckington Church of England First School, a scout hut with surrounding recreation grounds, home to village's football and cricket teams, and a well used village hall.

Eckington has a village shop and two hairdressers. It currently has two pubs The Bell and The Anchor, both offering food and guest accommodation; a third pub, The Crown, closed in the early 1990s.

Eckington railway station was located on the Bristol to Birmingham Line main railway line. It closed in January 1965.

One of the Pilgrim Fathers, George Soule, is believed to have come from the village.[2][3]


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