Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Worcestershire Places (3) : Norton

Norton is a village near to Worcester in the parish of Norton-juxta-Kempsey. The village was part of the manor of Kempsey which dates back to the Domesday Book. Norton contained a barracks for the Worcestershire Regiment of the British Army from 1881. The barracks remained MOD property until the 1987 and have now been sold off for apartments and a new housing estate.

The parish church (originally a chapel of ease for the parish church in Kempsey) is dedicated to St James the Great. It dates from the 12th century at least though has seen much rebuilding and change in the following centuries, especially in 1875.

Norton is served by the new railway station Worcestershire Parkway which opened in 2020, the original station Norton Halt (which was a little further up the Cotswold Line closer to the centre of Norton) closed in 1966.