Pendock is a small village in Worcestershire (although with a Gloucestershire postal address), lying just south-east of the Malvern Hills. The original church (the dedication of which is unknown), stands in an isolated position away from the main village near Upper Pendock, and is now redundant. Its place has been taken by the Church of the Holy Redeemer at Pendock Cross in the main village.
The earliest Pitman record we have found in Pendock is the marriage of James Pittman and Ann Windows, on 8 October 1745. Although both were said to be “of Pendock” it is unlikely that James was born there: there is certainly no record of his baptism. James and Ann had five children over the course of the next twenty years, all baptised in Pendock.
The last Pitman entry we have found in the Pendock registers is the burial of James in March 1802. Because no ages are given in the burial register we cannot be sure whether this is James senior or his eldest son.
We have not been able to determine the identity of James senior but one possibilty is that he is the James who was baptised about 15 miles away in Longhope in 1719, as we can find no further record of him there. However at the moment this is speculation and we are still searching for more clues.