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Hinton on the Green is a quiet little village in Worcestershire, a few miles South of Evesham. At a little over three square miles, the land is largely agricultural - most of the 101 houses and 254 residents* are grouped in a small area between the church and what used to be the railway station. The valley of the River Isbourne splits Hinton into the "East Village", near to the church, and the "West Village".
Most of the houses in the East Village date from the 19th century; many of the properties to the West of the Isbourne are much newer. Most of the land, and many of the properties in the East Village, are leased from a charitable trust.
There used to be a school close to the church, sadly now closed and turned into houses. The village's pub, like the station and shop, is also little more than a hazy memory to most parishioners. There is still a shop in the village - but it sells tractors rather than newspapers!
The main A46 from Evesham to Cheltenham passes through the parish and is crossed by the Broadway to Pershore Road (which used to be called The London Road!) at Hinton Cross - but the majority of the houses are on a quiet loop road that goes nowhere!
The Isbourne is a quiet little brook, three or four metres wide and less than a metre deep. Most of the time... But it is prone to the occasional flood.
The most notable recent flood was in July 2007 when the river turned into a torrent about a hundred metres wide and five metres deep.
Regrettably, the two houses built virtually on the river's bank suffered serious damage; but the rest of the village is well above the flood plain and avoided the mass devastation that hit nearby Sedgeberrow just a mile upstream.
The picture shows the river almost two metres lower than its peak!
* source: Worcs CC census 2001