Ribbesford Worcestershire Family History Guide

St. Leonard's Church
Photo of St. Leonard’s Church, west side. by P L Chadwick, some rights reserved.

Ribbesford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

The parish includes the borough of Bewdley.

Church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin: 1574

Parishes adjacent to Ribbesford

  • Areley Kings
  • Lower Mitton
  • Far Forest
  • Rock with Heightington
  • Abberley
  • Wribbenhall
  • Bewdley

Historical Descriptions

Ribbesford

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Ribbesford, a parish in the lower division of Doddingtree hund., union of Kidderminster, county of Worcester; ½ mile south of Bewdley, and 13 north by west of Worcester. The parish includes the borough of Bewdley: which see. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford; rated at £27 19s. 2d.; gross income £431. Tithes commuted in 1839. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. E. W. Ingram. Here are 6 infant, 8 daily, and 3 Sunday, schools. Acres 4,330. Houses 867. A.P. £6,150. Pop., in 1801, 3,759; in 1831, 4,003. Poor rates, in 1838, £90.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Ribbesford, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Doddingtree, county of Worcester, ¾ of a mile (S.) from Bewdley, containing, with the borough of Bewdley, 3798 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king’s books at £27. 19. 2., and in the patronage of the Rev. Edward Winnington Ingram. The church, dedicated to St. Leonard, is an ancient and curious structure, in a retired situation, surrounded by wooded heights, which environ the windings of the Severn. Coal exists in the parish, but it is not worked. A weekly market and a fair on St. Margaret’s day were granted by Edward I.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Ribbesford – a parish in the hundred of Doddingtree, lower division, 1 miles W. from Bewdley, and 128 from London; containing 13 inhabited houses. The church is a very ancient building, consisting of nave and two aisles, divided by pointed arches; some of the windows are Gothic, and others of Saxon architecture. Over the door-way is a curious bas-relief, representing an archer shooting a salmon, which appears on the surface of the water with an arrow sticking in it; but it is so rudely carved, that it is almost impossible to decipher what it is. The living is a rectory, in the bishopric of Hereford and archdeaconry of Salop; Rev. Edward Winnington Ingram, incumbent in his own right; instituted 1815. Population, 1801, 88 – 1811, 81 – 1821, 73.

Ribbesford-Hall, in the above parish, was formerly the property of Lord Herbert, high steward and recorder of Bewdley in 1738, and grandson of the famous Lord Herbert of Cherbury, who was ambassador to the court of France in the reign of James the First. Part of the ancient house still remains, but considerable additions have been made to it by the Rev. E. W. Ingram, who now owns the estate.

Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Blackstone Rock

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Blackstone Rock, near Ribbesford. Here formerly was a hermitage, curiously excavated in the rock, with several apartments; some remains of which are now visible.

Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Winterdyne

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Winterdyne, in the parish of Ribbesford, 1 mile from Bewdley, the residence of W. M. Moseley, Esq.

Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Directories

Ribbesford Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Ribbesford Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Bewdley, Wribbenhall and Neighbours Pigots Directory 1842

Family History Links

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Birth, Marriage, & Death

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Military

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

 

Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Kidderminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Burford
  • Poor Law Union: Kidderminster
  • Hundred: Doddingtree
  • Province: Canterbury
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