Bredwardine is an ancient parish in the county of Herefordshire.

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1723
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1660

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Bredwardine

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Bredwardine, a village and a parish in the district of Hay, and county of Hereford. The village stands on the river Wye, adjacent to the line of the Hereford and Brecon railway, 7 ½ miles E by N of Hay; and has a post-office under Hereford. The parish comprises 2,245 acres. Real property, £3,147. Pop., 420. Houses, 93. The property is divided among a few. Bredwardine Castle, now a ruin, was the seat of the Bredwardine family; one of whom was Archbishop of Canterbury in 1349. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Brobury, in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £370. Patron, the Rev. N. D. A. Newton. The church is an old structure, of nave and chancel, with a tower, and is in good condition. A charily to the poor, bequeathed by George Jarvis, Esq., who died in 1793, yields £1,253 a-year.

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

Bredwardine, 13 m. N.W. Hereford. P. 409

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

Parish Records

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583-1898

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

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 National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

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

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


Bredwardine Cassey Directory of Herefordshire 1858

Bredwardine is a parish 12 miles from Hereford railway station, 7 north-east from Hay, 10 south-west from Weobley, and 149 from London, in Webtree Hundred, Hay Union, and Hereford archdeaconry and bishopric; it is situated on the right bank of the river Wye. The church is a small old stone building with small tower, has nave, chancel, and two bells. The living is a vicarage, worth £190 yearly, with residence. There is a small Charity school for boys and girls. The population, in 1851, was 422, and the acreage is 2,245. The soil is sandy and loamy; the subsoil is sand stone and clay. Sir Velters Cornwall is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The West Herefordshire Farmers Club is held at the Swann Inn, in November; and an annual coursing meeting takes place in January. There was formerly a castle, which was a strong and massive fortress. It gave birth and name to Thomas Bradwardin, archbishop of Canterbury, who for his various and abstruse learning, was called in that age the Profound Doctor.

Letters are received through Hereford. Hay is the nearest money order office.

Bennett H., farmer

Bennett James, farmer, Town house

Bubb Samuel, farmer, Wooller

Davies Aaron, tailor

Davies George, clock and watch maker

Davies James, farmer

Davies Thomas, farmer, Old house

Fowler Thomas, Red Lion and Commercial Inn, and farmer

Jenkins George, shoemaker

Jones Charles, farmer, New Weston

Newton Rev. Nathaniel

Parry Benjamin, farmer, Old court

Williams William, parish clerk

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.: History, Topography, and Directory of Herefordshire. Printed by William Bailey, 107, Fishergate 1858.


  • County: Herefordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hay
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Weobley
  • Poor Law Union: Hay
  • Hundred: Webtree
  • Province: Canterbury