The parish of Wichenford is spread over a large area with north and south sections that meet at Laugherne Hill. Its heart is centered round the church dedicated to St Laurence, its former vicarage, Wichenford Court and the Memorial Hall. In the 1950s the Queen’s Estate development created a new village centre, which has since been filled out with a number of new houses and bungalows.
Unfortunately over recent years we have lost the bakery, the shop and the post office. The old 19th century village school has been converted into two houses and the Nora Parsons Day Centre.
In 2000 to celebrate the Millennium the old recreation ground was refurbished as a Millennium Green; it offers a safe play area, an off-road cycle area and an exercise area. Perhaps its use as a dog walk – free from traffic – is its greatest draw!
There are a number of farms which are known to have medieval origins: Lingens, Peghouse, Hucks, Woodend, Cobhouse, Bury End Town, Abingdon’s, Colketts, Voyce Place, Ridgend, Cockshut, Ruggs Place, Birchend. Some even still have the remains of moats that once encircled them.
The rest comprises small hamlets of a few houses built round road junctions – Wants Green, Cobblers Corner, Tinkers Cross, Laugherne Hill Green, Kings Green, Elm Green and Rosses Green.
Approximately 250 households make up a population of c 400. Worcester lies 7 miles to the south-east. The nearest villages are Martley and Hallow, both of which offer primary schools. The Chantry at Martley is the local secondary school.