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Defford is a small village in the county of Worcestershire, England, located between the towns of Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn. Defford also has a primary school, Defford cum Besford First School, and three pubs. Defford is home to one of the radio telescopes that make up the Jodrell Bank MERLIN (Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network) radio telescope array linking six observing stations that together form a powerful telescope with an effective aperture of over 217 kilometres.
|OS Settlement Classification||Other settlement (village, hamlet etc)|
|Police Authority||West Mercia|
Other names by which Defford, Worcestershire has been known in the past
Defford, Worcestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Defford, township and vil. with ry. sta., St Andrew Pershore par., in co. and 9 miles SE. of Worcester, pop. 438; P.O.
Defford, Worcestershire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)
DEFFORD, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Andrew, Pershore, union, and Upper division of the hundred, of Pershore, Pershore and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 3 miles (S. W.) from Pershore; containing 422 inhabitants. The chapelry comprises 1677 acres, of which 428 are open common, and the remainder arable and pasture in nearly equal portions. The road from Pershore to Upton passes through; and the river Avon here pursues a winding course eastward. A station on the Bristol and Birmingham railway is situated near the village, from which the line is continued across the common into the parish of Besford. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at £2. 13. 4., and annexed to the living of St. Andrew's: the tithes were commuted for land in 1774. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, has a tower, and contains 140 sittings.
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