Beckford Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Beckford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire. Ashton under Hill is a chapelry of Beckford.

Beckford is now in Worcestershire and is part of Wychavon district.

Other places in the parish include: Bangrove, Didcote or Didcot, and Grafton.

Parish church: St John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Beckford

  • Great Washbourne
  • Oxenton
  • Overbury
  • Dumbleton
  • Winchcombe
  • Ashton under Hill
  • Teddington
  • Alderton

Historical Descriptions



Beckford, a village and a parish in Winchcomb district, Gloucester. The village stands near the Ashchurch and Evesham railway, 7 miles SW of Evesham; and has a r. station, and a post office under Tewkesbury. The parish includes also the hamlets of Bangrove, Didcote, and Grafton. Acres, 2,650. Real property, £2,454. Pop., 473. Houses, 103. The property is divided among a few. Beckford Hall is the seat of Hattil Foll, Esq. The manor was given, in the time of Henry I., to the Abbey of St. Martin in Normandy; and passed, after the suppression, first to Eton college, next to Fotheringhay, next to Sir Richard Lee. The living is a vicarage, united to the p. curacy of Ashton-under-Hill, in the diocese of Gloucester and bristol. Value, £317.* Patron, the Rev. Dr. Timbrill. The church is Norman, was recently restored, and has a lofty tower, crowned with pinnacles. Charities, £47.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Beckford, a parish in the hund. of Tibaldstone, union of Winchcomb, county of Gloucester; 5½ miles east-north-east of Tewkesbury, in the neighbourhood of the Cheltenham and Great Western union railway. Living, a vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Gloucester, valued at £16 16s. 10d.; united with the curacy of Ashton-under-Hill; gross income £319. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. Dr Timbrill. The church is a very ancient structure. The great and small tithes of the townships of Beckford, Grafton, Ashton-under-Hill, and Bengrave, the property of the lay-impropriators and the vicar, were commuted in 1773. The Roman Catholics had a chapel here; but now meet in a private chapel at Overton. “Here probably was one of the Saxon monasteries, about which the contest was in the synod of Clovesho, in the year 803, between the bishops of Worcester and Hereford. It is more certain that this manor was given, in the time of Henry I., to the abbey of St Martin and St Barbara in Normandy, commonly called St Barbe-en-Auge, by Rabellus Camerarius; and that a prior and canons were sent over, and it became a cell to that foreign house, which was of the order of St Austin. Upon the suppression of alien priories, this was bestowed by King Henry VI. upon Eaton college, when it was reckoned to them at the yearly value of £56 6s. 8d.; but afterwards by King Edward IV. on Fodringhey. And, as parcel of the possessions of this last-mentioned college, it was granted, 1° Edward VI., to Sir Richard Lee.” — Tanner’s Not. Mon. Charities connected with the parish produce £46 yearly. Pop., in 1801, 375; in 1831, 433. Houses 86. Acres 2,650. A. P. £2,106. Poor rates, in 1837. £84.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bengrave, included in Beckford par.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850



Grafton, a hamlet in Beckford parish, Gloucester; 6 miles SSW of Evesham. Real property, £1,328. A landslip of about 16 acres, from the side of Breedon hill, occurred here in 1764, and entirely covered the pasture-grounds below.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Grafton, a hamlet in the parish of Beckford, county of Gloucester; 6 miles south-south-west of Evesham. Tithes of this hamlet commuted in 1773. A singular circumstance took place near this hamlet in 1764. About 16 acres of land slipped from the side of Breedon-hill and entirely covered the pasture grounds below. The accident was attributed to incessant heavy rains. It is said that on the day previous to the land slip a horse discovered the insecurity of the ground and refused to pass.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


Beckford Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Beckford Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

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  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Winchcomb
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Campden
  • Poor Law Union: Winchcombe
  • Hundred: Tibaldstone
  • Province: Canterbury

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