Feckenham is a village and parish lying four miles south-west of the town of Redditch and 11 miles east of the city of Worcester. The civil parish is the location of notable royal manors that cover over 1,000 years of history documented in many royal charters and Acts of Parliament. At its greatest, the historic Forest of Feckenham stretched to the River Avon in the south and to Worcester in the west. In 1389 Geoffrey Chaucer was as Clerk of Works and Keeper of the Lodge. The village name has been recorded as Feccanhom (9th century), Feccheham (11th century), Fekkeham, Fekeham (12th century), Feckeham, Feckaham, Fecham (13th century), Flechenham (16th century), and Feckyngham in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Feckenham in the 21st century is a thriving rural settlement clustered around a traditional village green and the Xth century Church of St John the Baptist. There’s a great sense of community with a busy volunteer run Village Shop, two traditional country pubs, a village hall, a football club and a cricket club. The village even has its own cinema (The FeckenOdeon), radio station (Swansbrook Radio) and monthly magazine (Feckenham News).
The picturesque village centre is designated as a Conservation Area and much of the Parish is in the Green Belt. The historic moated site, atop of which the village’s Recreation Ground stands, is designated as an Ancient Monument. The Parish is part of the Borough of Redditch with Feckenham Parish Council looking after and advising on local matters.
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