Offenham Worcestershire Family History Guide

Offenham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.
Parish church:
Parish registers begin: 1538
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Parishes adjacent to Offenham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OFFENHAM, a village and a parish in Evesham district, Worcester. The village stands on the river Avon, 1¼ mile S of the boundary with Warwick, and 2 NNE of Evesham r. station: took its name from King Offa, who had a house at it; and is a very retired place, untraversed by any carriage-road. The parish comprises 1,215 acres. Post-town, Evesham. Real property, £3,380; of which £12 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 400; in 1861, 461. Houses, 95. The increase of pop. arose from the temporary presence of workmen employed in rebuilding the church. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belonged anciently to the abbots of Evesham; and fragments and extensive foundations of a mansion of the abbots were discovered, a few years ago, in diggings near the present manor farm-house. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £130. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church was rebuilt in 1861, at a cost of about £1,800; is in the early decorated English style; comprises nave, N aisle, and chancel, with a vestry; and retains the tower of the previous edifice, of late perpendicular date and embattled. There are an endowed school with £12 a year, and charities £7.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Offenham – a parish in the hundred of Blakenhurst, upper division, 2 miles N.N.E. from Evesham, and 99 from London; containing 81 inhabited houses. It is pleasantly situated on the river Avon, over which was formerly a bridge in a line with the Worcester road, but was destroyed for the purpose of cutting off the retreat of the Earl of Leicester, at the battle of Evesham, in the year 1285. It is a curacy, united with North Littleton. Population, 1801, 264 – 1811, 298 – 1821, 343.
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.

Marriages

Marriages at Offenham 1543 to 1812

Worcestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B.A.
Vol I. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.
Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Carter, W. F. (William Fowler), b. 1856 joint ed.
Note. – The earliest register is of paper (water-mark a flagon) bound in a cover of flexible parchment. The leaves number 76, and measure 15 by 11 inches. They are in very bad condition, and many of them loose. The heading runs :-
“Hereafter followe the names of suche p’sonnes that have bene christened within the parishe of Offenham since the ixth day of Novembre for the xxxth yere of the reigns of our Soveraigne Lord King Henrye the VIIIth, at which tyme his graces iniunctions were directed unto us. A’o D’m. 1538.”
The parchment copy of the above also exists, and consists of 59 leaves, measuring 15 by 6 inches. The contents include all entries between 1538-1720.
The third Volume is like the first, of paper, and contains 46 leaves, which measure 15 by 11 inches. The contents include the Burials and Baptisms, 1724-1812, and Marriages to 1753.
The fourth Volume contains Marriages only from 1754-1777, and the fifth Volume the remaining Marriages to 1812.
These extracts were made with the consent of the Vicar, the Rev. C. W. A. Preston, and are now printed under the supervision of the transcriber, the Rev. J. H. Bloom, after collation with the originals.

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Transcriptions

Offenham Worcestershire Marriages 1800 to 1812

Thomas Moore & Mary Turner, 26 June 1800
Thomas Allchurch, of South Littleton, & Catherine Clifton, 24 Dec. 1801
William Baylis & Mary Smith, 25 Feb. 1802
John Howell, w., of Kempsey, & Elizabeth Hughes, lic., 8 June 1802
James Spragge & Elizabeth Bennett, 24 Dec. 1802
Robert Collett, of Willersey, & Mary Bennet, 17 Mar. 1803
Isaac Baylis & Anne Stephens, lic., 27 June 1803
John Perks, of Norton, & Sarah White, 1 Nov. 1803
Joseph Porter & Hannah Radway, 3 Nov. 1803
Charles Staite & Sarah Spragg, lic., 1 Feb. 1804
William Spragg & Mary Ashwin, 2 Feb. 1804
Richard Gibbs & Ann Hughes, lic., 14 Aug. 1804
Francis Hemming, of Evesham, & Ann Stiles, 3 Jan. 1805
Thomas Spragg & Mary Day, 26 Dec. 1805
Richard Clifton, of Childs Wickham, & Sarah Knight, 5 Feb. 1806
John Silvester, of Cleeve Prior, & Mary Elizabeth Andrews, lic., 17 Apr. 1806
John Pithard, of Badsey, & Hannah Farmer, 24 May 1806
William Wooford & Anne Ashwin, 7 Apr. 1807
Henry Spires, w., of All Saints, Evesham, & Mary Clark, w., 22 July 1807
William Townsend & Hannah Prist, 29 Feb. 1808
George Bateman & Elizabeth Ludrey, 21 July 1808
James Neale, of Eckington, & Mary Drinkwater, 20 Apr. 1809
John Need, of South Littleton, & Anne Robarts, 9 May 1809
Edward Stiles & Jane Bartlett, 17 Oct. 1809
John Hughes & Esther Bolton, lic., 20 Feb. 1810
William Juelfs, w., & Ann Night, 3 Aug. 1811
Penny Hancock, of Bretforton, & Ann Gibbs, lic., 30 Dec. 1812
Source: Worcester Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B. A. Vol. I. London: Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co. 124 Chancery Lane. 1901.

Offenham Worcestershire Marriages 1778 to 1799

Volume V.
John Gibbs & Mary Foxall, lic., 28 Sept. 1778
Joseph Kinchin & Mary Evins, 5 Nov. 1778
John Baker, of Winchcombe, & Mary Borton, lic., 16 Nov. 1779
Richard Collet & Sarah Payton, of Hinton, lic., 28 Feb. 1780
John Dike & Mary Blissard, 27 May 1781
Thomas Finch & Elizabeth Dark, 20 Nov. 1781
William Cull, of Bengeworth, & Ann Bennett, 3 Feb. 1783
Moses Kerry & Elizabeth Bushell, 24 Feb. 1783
Joseph Clarke, w., & Mary Musgrove, 15 Sept. 1785
Robert Long & Sarah Aldington, 18 Sept. 1786
Thos. Baker, of Shottery, & Sarah Neale, lic., 16 Sept. 1788
Edward Wilson, w., of Badsey, & Mary Sheaf, lic., 2 Oct. 1783
Robert Phillips & Mary Harrold, 1 Aug. 1784
John Fletcher & Ann Stephens, w., 13 Sept. 1784
John Tysoe, of Pebworth, & Ann Phillips, lic., 11 Apr. 1785
John Stephens & Vinah Ballard, 28 Apr. 1785
Benjamin Gould & Jane Cormell, 3 May 1785
William Harris & Sarah Evins, 31 July 1787
John Smith, of Pebworth, & Elizabeth Kerry, lic., 4 Feb. 1788
Edward Sheaf, w., & Ann Fletcher, w., 17 Nov. 1788
John Moore & Elizabeth Huband, 8 Nov. 1792
Thomas Harrison, of Cleeve Prior, & Elizabeth Hudman, 4 Feb. 1793
James Ingles & Hannah Evans, 29 May 1793
John Smith, of Childs Wickham, & Mary Cotterell, w., lic., 1 Aug. 1793
James Harris, of Badsey, & Sarah Jeffries, a minor, with consent of George Jeffries, her lawful father, lic., 19 Nov. 1793
John Gibbs & Elizabeth Jeffries, lic., 31 Dec. 1793
Charles Round, of New Windsor, Berks, & Elizabeth Sheaf, lic., 6 Jan. 1794
William Stanton & Rebecca Loyd, 23 Apr. 1794
William Stephens & Hannah Gould, 30 spot. 1794
Thomas Moore & Elizabeth Mumford, 30 Oct. 1794
Emanuel Stephens & Elizabeth Kerry, 4 Nov. 1794
Charles Aldington, of North Littleton, & Mary Hanson, lic., 11 Sept. 1795
Joseph Cormill & Ann Percox, 17 Oct. 1796
John Calcot & Sarah Hunt, lic., 11 Feb. 1797
Joseph Lane, p. Hassler, co. Warwick, & Ann Hanson, lic., 3 May 1797
William Harris & Sarah Shenward, 31 July 1797
John Smith & Ann Bailis, 3 Nov. 1798
Joseph Turner & Ann Calcott, 21 Nov. 1798
William Gould & Phoebe Nightingale, 27 Dec. 1798
[No marriages listed in book for 1799]
Source: Worcester Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B. A. Vol. I. London: Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co. 124 Chancery Lane. 1901.

Offenham Worcestershire Marriages 1757 to 1778

Volume IV.
Thomas Darke & Elizabeth Ely, 3 Oct. 1757
John Nightingale & Mary Williams, 10 Oct. 1757
John Bennet, of Weston, & Mary Yates, of Pebworth, 6 Dec. 1757
Thomas Crisp, mason, this p., & Mary Smith, lic., 19 Oct. 1758
Thomas Aishen & Elizabeth Ingles, 27 Apr. 1761
Thomas Bennet, of Pebworth, & Elizabeth Gibbs, lic., 3 Nov. 1761
Thomas Sheaf, of North Littleton, & Mary Phillips, lic., [this entry deleted], 19 Sept. 1775
William Huband, of Salford, & Esther Izard, 5 Jan. 1756
Philip Godfrey, w., & Mary Ward, w., lic., 7 Apr. 1756
Edward Foxall, of Dudley, & Mary Smith, lic., 8 July 1756
Thomas Bond, of Upper Guyting, & Mary Bromel, lic., 10 July 1759
Robert Phillips, w., & Mary Newman, 22 July 1759
Giles Moore & Bridget Fort, 28 Oct. 1760
William Kettle & Elizabeth Symmons, 11 May 1761
Thomas Smith & Mary Stephens, lic., 12 Dec. 1761
John Calcot & Mary Brittain, 8 Feb. 1762
Joseph Gold, p. North & Middle Littleton, & Elizabeth Hughes, lic., 15 May 1762
John Huband & Elizabeth Phillips, lic., 30 Sept. 1762
John Paddock & Mary Baylis, 17 Jan. 1763
William Crisp & Susanna Gisborne, w., 1 Jan. 1765
Robert Style & Betty Jones, 18 Feb. 1765
Thomas Mason & Elizabeth Nightingale, lic., 6 May 1766
James Nightingale & Mary Roberts, lic., 5 June 1766
James Hancock, of Pillerton, & Mary Agge, lic., 28 Oct. 1766
William Quiney, of Salford, & Mary Roberts, 3 Dec. 1766
Thomas Jelphs, of Bradforton, & Elizabeth Brown, 8 Dec. 1766
William Holland & Mary Crisp, w., 2 Mar. 1767
Thomas Beard & Susannah Hulls, 21 Aug. 1767
John Spragg & Sarah Staunton, lic., with consent of parents, 22 Oct. 1767
Robert Spragg & Mary Whitford, 16 Dec. 1767
John Hudman & Mary Clark, 11 Oct. 1768
John Gibbs & Ann Woodward, lic., 22 July 1769
Humphrey Roberts & Mary Wollaston, lic., 3 Feb. 1770
Benjamin Turner, of Halesowen, & Martha Brittain, 10 Aug. 1770
William Bayzand, of Somerville Ashton, & Lucy Gibbs, lic., 23 Oct. 1770
Philip Gibbs & Anne Smith, lic., 13 Oct. 1772
John Bennet & Mary Newman, lic., 2 Mar. 1773
Edward Nightingale & Betty Rose, 15 Feb. 1774
William Finch & Mary Woodward, 11 Oct. 1774
Thomas Sheaf, of South Littleton, & Mary Phillips, lic., 19 Sept. 1775
John Grice & Sarah Bridges, 12 Oct. 1775
John Preece, of Claines, & Ann Evans, 12 May 1776
Richard Clerk, of Somerville Aston, & Mary Loyd, 3 June 1776
Thomas Sheldon & Marjory Felton, 11 Oct. 1776
John Cannin & Sarah Ange, 11 Oct. 1777
John Court, of Feckenham, & Elizabeth Wilks, w., 9 Dec. 1777
Richard Edkens, of Alcester, & Mary Gibbs, lic., 29 Jan. 1778
Source: Worcester Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B. A. Vol. I. London: Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co. 124 Chancery Lane. 1901.

Directories

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Directory Transcriptions

Offenham Billings Directory 1855

Offenham is a small, quiet, and retired parish, about 2 miles N.E.N. from Evesham. It contained in 1851 a population of 400 inhabitants.
Offenham took its name from the Saxon King Offa, who had a palace here; it afterwards became the residence of the Abbots of Evesham, and it is said that the present manor-farm stands upon the site of the ancient mansion. There is a broad fosse in this neighbourhood, called “The Deer’s Leap,” which is supposed to be a portion of the boundary of the deer park.
The Church is an old building, in the early English style of architecture, with square turreted tower, and pinnacles at each corner; the tower contains a peal of five bells. Rev. Robert Lawson, Perpetual Curate; Mr. John Porter, Clerk. Service – 10 30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

DIRECTORY

Gibbs Mrs. Mary
Lawson Rev. Robert, Perpetual Curate
Sheaf Mr. William
Thorpe Mr. Jonathan
Gibbs John, farmer
Hopkins John, Court Farm
Moore Henry, blacksmith
Sheaf Thomas, farmer
Smith Mrs., miller
Stephens William, shopkeeper
Tomes Thomas Bennett, farmer, Marvill
Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Offenham Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Brookes Francis, farmer
Danter W. horse dealer
Digby Rev. William
Gibbs John, farmer
Gibbs John, jun. farmer
Harris Wm. maltster
Harris Michael, baker
Jeffreys, William, farmer
Knight John carpenter
Knight Robert, victualler
Lidsey Richard, farmer
Phillips William, farmer
Preedy W.F. esq.
Rock Phillip, farmer
Sheaf Thomas, farmer
Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Administration

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