Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire Family History Guide

Bidford on Avon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Warwickshire.

Other places in the parish include: Broom, Barton, and Marlcliff

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1644

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Fairs: April 11, September 10

Parishes adjacent to Bidford on Avon

  • Exhall
  • Temple Grafton
  • Salford Priors
  • Cleeve Priors
  • Welford
  • Wixford

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIDFORD, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Alcester, Warwick. The village stands on the river Avon, 3¾ miles SSE of Alcester r. station, and 7 WSW of Stratford-on-Avon; and has a post office under Bromsgrove. It was once a market town; and it consists chiefly of one long street.

One of the houses in it was the old Falcon inn, traditionally said to have been a haunt of Shakspeare, for drinking ale and playing at shovel-board. An absurd story is current that the poet and some of his companions engaged here in a drinking contest with a party of the natives; that he and his companions lay down after it under a crab-tree in the neighbourhood, and slept there from Saturday evening till Monday morning; and that, being urged on awakening to go back and renew the contest, he exclaimed, “No, I have had enough; I have drinked with

‘Piping Pebworth, dancing Marston,
Haunted Hilbro’, hungry Grafton,
Dudging Exhall, papish Wicksford,
Beggarly Broom, and drunken Bidford.

The parish includes also the hamlets of Barton, Broom. and Marlcliff. Acres, 3,240. Real property, £8,167. Pop., 1,565. Houses, 370. The manor was held by William the Conqueror; was given, by the Empress Maud, to the monks of Bardsley; and passed to the Clarkes, the Danets, and the Skipwiths. Bidford Grango House was a picturesque old edifice, with unequal gables. The scenery, over much of the surface, is richly beautiful; and has fine spots on “the smooth-flowing Avon.” Blue flagstone is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £213. Patron, the Rev. T. Boultbee. The church was mainly rebuilt in 1835; and is in the Norman style, with a tower. There are two Methodist chapels, a working-men’s institute, a national school, and charities £107. The subdistrict comprises four parishes. Acres, 9,280. Pop., 2,749. Houses, 643.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bidford, 4 miles S. Alcester. P. 1567

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


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Barton, 1 mile S.E. Bidford. P. incl. therein.

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

Marriages Out of Parish

Below is a list of people who were from Bidford-on-Avon but who were married in another parish.

John Slater, of Biddford, & Isabell Cox, of Mid. Lit., lic. 27 Nov. 1662 at North & Middle Littleton, Worcestershire.

Thomas Harrison, of Biddford & Francis Johns, of N. L. 8 Dec. 1666 at North & Middle Littleton, Worcestershire.

Jamys, a godson of the parysh of Bydford, & Margery Pyrry … … 3 Aug. 1555 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

William Harward, of Bidford, & Eliz. Restal, of S. L. 24 Nov. 1730 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

William Harward, of Bidford, Warwickshire, b., & Sarah Careless, of S. L., s., lic. 12 Jan. 1786 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

George Hunt, of Bidford, co. Warwick, b., & Jane Allchurch, of S. L., s. 25 Dec. 1802 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

Poll Books

Bidford Poll Book 1868


Bidford Bennett’s Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914

Bidford or Bitford Universal Directory 1791


  • County: Warwickshire
  • Civil Registration District: Alcester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Warwick
  • Poor Law Union: Alcester
  • Hundred: Barlinchway
  • Province: Canterbury

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