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Pensax Parish Hall
Pensax is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO723690
Civil parish
  • Pensax
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWR6
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
List of places
52°19′06″N 2°24′28″W / 52.31840°N 2.40779°W / 52.31840; -2.40779Coordinates: 52°19′06″N 2°24′28″W / 52.31840°N 2.40779°W / 52.31840; -2.40779

Pensax is a village and civil parish of northwest Worcestershire in England, incorporating the hamlet of Menithwood to the west of Pensax Common. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 317.[1]

Pensax borders the parishes of Stockton-on-Teme, Abberley, Rock and Lindridge. It is home to a multiple CAMRA award-winning pub, 'The Bell', which won 'West Midlands Pub of The Year' in 2007.[2] Besides The Bell, Pensax is home to a parish church (dedicated to St. James the Great) built 1832 [3] and a small village hall. A local primary school, Pensax Church of England school, closed in 2003.[4]

The name Pensax is a combination of the Celtic word for hill "Penn" and the word for "Saxon" Seax. The close village of Menith Wood also has a Celtic name meaning mountain/hill the same as the Welsh language word "mynydd". This indicates a strong Celtic speaking population having still resided in this area after the Anglo Saxons took over local government. Along with the River Teme nearby which also comes from the Celtic "tamesis" the dark one, the same as the Thames and Tame.

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Pensax Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[5]

For local government purposes Pensax forms part of the district of Malvern Hills.


  1. ^ 2001 Worcestershire Census Report
  2. ^ CAMRA website Archived 2007-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Church information
  4. ^ Article from the Worcester News, 2002 - 'Pensax Runs Out of Pupils'
  5. ^ Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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