More and more is known of The Grange
In 1879, The Grange estate was owned by Alfred C. Hooper, who used the land to grow wheat, barley, beans and roots and was heavily involved with Claines Church. It is believed that Mrs Emily Vigors purchased The Grange Estate in 1903.
In August 1919, it passed to Lieutenant Colonel Walter Raleigh Chichester for just £6,500. He had served in the South African War (1900 – 1902) and as a Major in the First World War. He was wounded by a shell at Le Cateau, taken prisoner and had his right leg amputated by German surgeons. In the later stages of WW1, he took over command of Norton Barracks, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. However, he continued to serve, taking over the 8th Battalion, doing good work for the Prisoners of War Fund and helping recruit for the Women’s Force. He was a Justice of Peace in 1921, a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Worcestershire and the County Council representative for Ombersley in 1932.