Birt’s Morton is a small village and parish, about 6 ½ miles S.W. from Upton, 7 W. from Tewkesbury, and 7 S.E. from Ledbury, containing a population according to the last census of 318 inhabitants.

Morton Court is a very ancient edifice, entirely surround by a moat, which is in a very perfect state.

The Church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is a stone building, with square tower and four bells. The edifice does not contain any architectural features worthy of note. The living is a Rectory. Rev. Stephen Thackwell, M.A., Rector; Rev. Stephen Thackwell, jun., M.A., Curate; Mr. John Stephens, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There is a small Wesleyan Chapel in the parish. No stated minister. Service – 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Rayer Mr. John

Thackwell Rev. Stephen, M.A., Rector, Rectory

Thackwell Rev. Stephen, jun., M.A., Curate

Brotheridge John, cider retailer and shopkeeper, Birts’ Street

Goodman Thomas, farmer, Rye Street

Gould Charles, jun., farmer

Grubb Oliver, farmer, Rye Street

Hart William, farmer, Miller’s Farm

Hawkins George, farmer

Hawkins Thomas, farmer, Rye Street

Jakeman William, shopkeeper, Birts’ Street

Lewis Henry, farmer

Pitt William, farmer, Birts’ Street

Pope Elizabeth, farmer, Morton Court

Pye George, farmer, Birts’ Street

Stephens John, Parish Clerk

Wadley John, sen., farmer

Wadley John, farmer, Birts’ Street

Wadley William, dealer

Weaver Mrs., farmer

White John, cider retailer, Comb Green

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855