Tardebigge Worcestershire Family History Guide

Tardebigge is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire. Redditch is a chapelry of Tardebigge.

Other places in the parish include: Bordesley, Bentley Pauncefoot, Upper and Lower Bentley, Tutnall and Cobley, and Webheath.

Parish registers begin: Tardebigge, 1566 Bordesley Chapel, 1704

Parishes adjacent to Tardebigge

  • Redditch
  • Bromsgrove
  • Feckenham
  • Headless Cross
  • Alvechurch
  • Hanbury
  • Stoke Prior

Historical Descriptions

Tardebigge

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tardebigg (St. Batholomew), a parish, in the union of Bromsgrove, partly in the Alcester division of the hundred of Barlichway, S. division of the county of Warwick, but chiefly in the Upper division of the hundred of Halfshire, Droitwich and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 3 miles (E. S. E.) from Bromsgrove; containing, with the chapelry of Redditch, and the townships of Tutnall with Cobley, Bentley-Pauncefoot, and Webheath, 4877 inhabitants. This parish, of which the name signifies “the big tower,” or “tower on the hill,” is on the road from Bromsgrove to Alcester, and comprises 10,832 acres, of a very fertile, but heavy clayey soil, of which 3000 acres are woodland, and the remainder arable and meadow in about equal portions. Hewell, the seat of the Hon. Robert Henry Clive, is situated here in a demesne highly embellished, in which is a lake of 30 acres; and Foxlydiate House, the property and residence of William Hemming, Esq., has neat pleasure-grounds and gardens attached. The Birmingham and Worcester canal and the Birmingham and Gloucester railway run through the parish. Fairs are held oh the first Monday in August and the third Monday in September, for cattle.

The Living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £8, and in the patronage of Mr. and Lady Harriet Clive, to whom the impropriation also belongs: the great tithes have been commuted for £1254, and the vicarial for £600, with a glebe of 41½ acres, and a house. The church, rebuilt in 1776, is an elegant structure in the Grecian style, with a very beautiful spire, and contains a monument to Sir Thomas Cookes, Bart., a former proprietor, and founder of Worcester College, Oxford, and another by Chantrey to the late Earl of Plymouth, whose remains are interred in the family vault beneath: this edifice, and the chapel at Redditch, were built of excellent stone raised here. In the churchyard, from which a panoramic prospect is obtained, are schools, prettily situated, with residence for the master and mistress, rebuilt in 1843, at the expense of Lady Harriet Clive, and partly supported by her ladyship. At Tardebigg is the site of Bordesley Abbey, supposed to have been originally founded by Maud, daughter of Henry I., and of which the revenue was valued at the Dissolution at £392. 8. 6.; the site and remains were granted by Henry VIII. in exchange to Lord Windsor, one of the ancestors of the late Earl of Plymouth. The remains of an old chapel dedicated to St. Stephen, were discovered a few years ago, at Bentley-Pauncefoot, which seems to have been anciently a distinct chapelry.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830

Tardebrigg or Tardebigg – 3 miles south-east from Bromsgrove, and 113 from London, – is almost, exclusively, a parish in Halfshire hundred, in Worcestershire, although the hamlets of Tutnal and Cobley are in the same parish, but in the hundred of Barlichway, in the county of Warwick, as was the chancel of the church, notwithstanding, the body of it was in Worcestershire. In 1826, it contained 581 houses and 2998 inhabitants, including Bordesley, of whom 375 are employed in trade. The church has been rebuilt, and is a vicarage value £8.

Source: The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830. Wm. West. Printed and Published by R. Wrightson, Athenaeum, New-Street; and sold by Baldwin and Craddock, and Hurst, Chance and Co., London. 1830.

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Tardibigg – a parish in the hundred of Halfshire, upper division, 5 miles S.E. from Bromsgrove, and 113 from London; containing 581 inhabited houses. The boundary line between this County and Warwickshire runs through this parish. The church is a neat edifice, lately erected, and has a good organ. It is a rectory, with the chapelry of Redditch annexed; Rev. Lord Aston, incumbent; instituted 1821; patron, Earl of Plymouth. Population, 1801, 1922 – 1811, 2771 – 1821, 2998.

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.

Bordesley

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Bordesley, a hamlet and chapelry in the parish of Tardebigg, upper division of the hund. of Halfshire, county of Worcester; 3 miles south-east of Broomsgrove, in the vicinity of the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. Living, a curacy not in charge. The chapel was part of the ancient abbey. “Maud, the empress, built, a.d. 1138, a Cistertian abbey here to the honour of the blessed Virgin. Its yearly revenues, not long before the suppression, amounted to £392 8s. 6d. The site of this monastery was granted, 34° Henry VIII., to Andrew, Lord Windsor.” — Tanner’s Not. Mon.

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

England’s Gazetteer 1752

Bordesley, (Worc.) on the b. of Warwickshire, near Hewel-Grange which the Empress Maud gave to its mon.

Source: England’s Gazetteer; Stephen Whatley; 1752.

Tutnal and Cobley

The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830

Tutnal and Cobley – Two hamlets in the parish of Tardebigg, although in Barlichway hundred, in the county of Warwick. In 1803, the sum raised by parochial rates was £393 8s.8d. at 3s. 8d. in the pound. In 1811, their population was about 400. In 1821, they contained 85 houses and 460 inhabitants. In 1826, they were valued at £4914, and their population to the county rate was £20 9s. 6d.

It is stated that Dugdale could find but slight mention of these hamlets, except in their being granted with Hewell Grange, to the monks of Bordesley, in Worcestershire. At the dissolution they were granted by Henry VIII in exchange to Lord Windsor, an ancestor of the Earl of Plymouth, whose seat at Hewell Grange was erected in 1712. It is situate in a small detached part of the county, completely environed by Worcestershire. It is a noble mansion, and surrounded by a park, agreeably varied by hill and dale, and ornamented with a lake covering 30 acres.

Source: The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830. Wm. West. Printed and Published by R. Wrightson, Athenaeum, New-Street; and sold by Baldwin and Craddock, and Hurst, Chance and Co., London. 1830.

Hewel Grange

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Hewell Grange by Leonig_Mig. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.
Hewel-Grange, in the parish of Tardebigg, the seat of the Earl of Plymouth. The mansion is a modern building and very extensive, having a frontage of 127 feet. The division between this county and Warwickshire runs through the house. The plantations in the park are on a large scale, and a lake of clear water, of about 30 acres, adds much to the beauty of the place.

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

Tardebigge 1855 (with Tutnell and Cobley, Webb Heath and Bentley Pauncefoot

Tardebigge Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Family History Links

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The following records for Tardebigge are available free from FamilySearch.

Birth, Marriage, & Death

England and Wales Census Records

Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842

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

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Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Bromsgrove
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Droitwich
  • Poor Law Union: Bromsgrove
  • Hundred: Halfshire
  • Province: Canterbury
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