Great Comberton

Great Comberton has some beautiful thatched houses

Great Comberton

Great Comberton, situated on the north-west corner of Bredon Hill, is of Saxon origin when it was the settlement of the Cumbria family. The village was called Cumbringctune in the 10th Century and in the 13th Century it was known as Magna Cumbritune and later Major Cumbritune.

The church, dedicated to St Michael, is thought to have been entirely rebuilt in the 15th Century and remains unaltered since. However, some parts appear early Norman (i.e. late 11th Century).

Until 1510, all burials had to be made at Pershore Abbey as the village did not have its own burial rights.

Great Comberton dovecote

An old photograph of Great Comberton dovecote

In Norman times the owners of the parish provided a very basic way of life (sheep grazing, corn growing, fishing etc) and this kept the population at around 200 with Pershore as the market town. Still today, this pattern exists with the nearest shops and amentities in Pershore. The population has grown to something over 300.

In the 19th Century, fruit orchards predominated following the introduction of improved apple and pear stock and the Pershore plum.

Across a field from the church stands the house built by the grandfather of John Masefield, the poet. Rev Parker was the rector of St Michael’s from 1826-1864 and John Masefield was a frequent visitor to the village.

Great Comberton is a beautiful village with many fine black-and-white cottages dating back to the 16th Century.

A fine black and white house in Great Comberton

A fine black and white house in Great Comberton

In the summer of 1940, the Women’s Institute held a flower show which gradually grew over the years until the village took it over as an annual event. It is held on August Bank Holiday Saturday and draws people from far and wide.

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