The parish of North Claines
The charming Parish of North Claines is in the County of Worcestershire and is part of the District of Wychavon. It lies immediately to the north of the City of Worcester and forms part of the Worcester northern boundary. The Parish covers 3,403 acres, of which 814 are arable land, 2174 permanent grass, and 10 acres of woods and plantations.
The Parish does not contain any industrial sites and whilst parts of Fernhill Heath are urbanised, much of the area is very rural and contains public footpaths and walks alongside the River Severn. Most of the recently restored Droitwich Barge Canal is in the Parish and this is also a haven for wildlife and walking.
Fernhill Heath village lies at the heart of the Parish and makes up around 3,000 of the population. Station Road is the main thoroughfare and features two Public Houses called The White Hart and The Bull , a sub-post office, a shop, a primary school, Fernhill Heath Baptist Church (http://www.fernhillheathbaptist.org.uk/) with community hall and a Memorial Hall. There was once a railway station but this closed in 1965.
The parish is also made up of many farms, rural dwellings and two notable hamlets to the western fringe of the parish boundary; Bevere Green and Hawford. Both part of Conservation Area’s, Bevere Green Conservation Area is a historic parkland landscape characterised by a variety of listed manor houses and properties and designed landscapes.
Bevere Vivis is a Gallary located at Bevere. Hawford and Hawford Lock are in the Hawford Conservation Area and the Kings School is situated there. Lower Town, Porters Mill and Spellis Green are also settlements within the Parish.