Belbroughton, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Belbroughton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Brian's Bell, Brian's Bell Manor, Bellbroughton Manor, Hartle, Broomhill Manor, Fairfield, Fairfield Manor, and Bromhill.

Parish church: 

Parish registers begin:

  * Parish registers: 1539
  * Bishop’s Transcripts: 1615

Nonconformists: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Belbroughton

History

Description from Wikipedia:

Belbroughton was at the core of the North Worcestershire scythe-making district. Many of the mills of the area were formerly blade mills used for sharpening them, after a scythesmith had forged them from iron, with a thin strip of steel along the cutting edge. From the late 18th century until about 1870, the Waldron family of Field House Clent were the leading manufacturers. They were succeeded by Isaac Nash, whose business finally closed in about 1970. Scythes were formerly not just made in Belbroughton, but also several adjacent parishes, including Chaddesley Corbett.

Historical Descriptions

Belbroughton

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Belbroughton, a manor, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Bromsgrove, Worcester. The manor lies 4 ¼. miles S by E of Stourbridge r. station, and 5 NW of Bromsgrove; and has a post office under Stourbridge, and fairs on the last Monday of April and the second Monday of Oct. The parish includes also the manors of Fairfield, Bromhill, and Brian's Bell, and the village of Hartle. Acres, 4,605. Real property, £11,450. Pop., 1,995. Houses, 405. The property is much subdivided. An extensive manufacture of scythes, hayknives and many kinds of edge-tools, is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £1,244. Patron, St. John's college, Oxford. The church is old but good; and there are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. A school has an endowed income of £10, and other charities £24. The subdistrict comprises five parishes and part of a sixth. Acres, 15,584. Pop., 4,867. Houses, 1,053.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

Belbroughton (Holy Trinity), a parish, in the union of Bromsgrove, Lower division of the hundred of Halfshire, Stourbridge and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 5 miles (N. W. by N.) from Bromsgrove, on the road to Stourbridge; containing 1765 inhabitants. The parish is divided into the manors of Belbroughton, Brian's Bell, Fairfield, and Broomhill. It comprises 4733 acres, of which a considerable portion is pasture land; the soil is fertile, producing wheat, barley, turnips, &c.; the surface is rather hilly. The manufacture of hay-knives and scythes is carried on extensively; and fairs take place on the last Monday in April, and the Monday before St. Luke's day. Mr. Rufford, banker, has a mansion here. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £19; net income, £1244; patron, the President and Fellows of St. John's College, Oxford. The church is a handsome structure, with a tower and spire; it stands on the south-west side of the village, on the eastern bank of a good stream of water, which turns several mills. There is an endowment of about £10 per annum for the instruction of children. In 1833, a Roman jar, containing more than a hundred coins of the early emperors, was found on the Fern estate, near Fairfield.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848.

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Belbroughton – a parish in Halfshire hundred, lower division, 3 miles N.N.W. from Bromsgrove, and 117 from London; containing 311 inhabited houses. It is a parish of considerable extent, and has 2 annual fairs, viz., the first Monday in April, and the Monday before St. Luke’s, (18th October). Here are several manufactories for scythes and other articles in the iron trade; and a sheriff’s court is held every third Wednesday in the month, for the recovery of small debts. The living is a rectory; Rev. G. F. Blackiston, D.D., incumbent; instituted 1798; in the gift of St. John’s College, Oxford. Population, 1801, 1266 – 1811, 1318 – 1821, 1476.
Bell-Hall, in the parish of Belbroughton, 3 miles from Bromsgrove, the residence of Mrs. Noel.

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.

Laird Description of Worcestershire 1814

Belbroughton lies about three miles north-west from Bromsgrove, and is remarkable on account of its fairs, which take place an the first Monday in April, and the Monday before St. Lukes (18th of October) for horned cattle, horses, and cheese.

We have no reason to believe this place to be more insalubrious than any other part of the county; yet it is a curious fact mentioned by a gentleman who had spent the greatest part of his youth here, that after an absence of no more than fourteen years, he met with only three people whom he had known formerly. “Such is the mutability,” as he justly observes, “of this uncertain state.”
The church is a very handsome edifice, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and is a rectory in the gift of St. John’s College, Oxford. Here are still some remains of armorial windows, which have escaped the ravages both of the puritanic, and modern Goths more generally known by the appellation of church-wardens, who in their rage for beautifying, have destroyed almost every remnant of antiquity in many of our country churches.

We cannot here omit a simple, yet elegant monumental effusion, which connubial love has engraved on a tablet to the memory of a late rector, the Rev. Dr. Clarke.

“When sorrow weeps o’er virtue’s sacred dust,
Our tears become us, and our grief is just;
Such were the tears she shed who grateful pays
This last sad tribute of her love and praise;
Who mourns the husband and the friend combin’d,
Where gentle pity met a manly mind;
Mourns, but not murmurs; sighs but not despairs;
Feels as a wife, but as a Christian bears."

Source: A Topographical and Historical Description of the County of Worcester, by Mr. Laird. Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and George Cowie and Co. successors to Vernor, Hood, and Sharp, 31, Poultry, London. Printed circa 1814.

Fairfield

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Fairfield, a manor in Belbroughton parish, Worcester; 3 ¼ miles N of Bromsgrove. It forms a curacy with Belbroughton; and has a post-office under Bromsgrove.

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

Parish Records

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Birth, Marriage, & Death

England and Wales Census Records

Migration

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

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868

Directories

Belbroughton Bennett's Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914

Chaddesley Corbett & Belbroughton Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory 1835 - Google Books

Chaddesley Corbett, Belbroughton Pigots Directory 1842

Chaddesley-Corbett is a parish and village, in the hundred of Halfshire; the village, which is small and pleasant, is 13 miles N. by E. from Worcester, and 5 from Kidderminster, Stourport and Bromsgrove (near the last named town is a station on the Birmingham and Gloucester railway) pleasantly situated on the road leading to Bromsgrove; it is a place, however, of very limited trade, and manufactures there are none. The church, dedicated to St. Cassyon, is a neat structure of red free stone, combining different styles of English architecture, with some Norman portions, of which the latter, the font is considered a fine specimen; and the spire, which surmounts the edifice, is lofty and well-proportioned: the living is a vicarage, in the gift of the crown, and incumbency of the Rev. George Henry Piercy. There is a chapel for Roman Catholics, at Harrington, a hamlet in this parish; and there are two endowed free schools, one of which is conducted on the Lancasterian plan. Population about 1,500.
Belbroughton, in the same hundred as Chaddesley-Corbett, is a parish, divided into four Yields, namely, Belbroughton, Brian’s Bell with Moor-Hall Bell, Forfield, and Broomhill: the village of Belbroughton is situated 3 miles N.E. from Chaddesley-Corbett, 5 S. from Stourbridge, and 6 N.W. from Bromsgrove. There is a considerable manufactory here for scythes, hay knives, &c. A sheriff’s court, for the recovery of small debts, is held on the third Wednesday in every month. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has received an additional number of sittings, by means of a grant from the society for enlarging churches and chapels, and been otherwise improved; and it is now a spacious and handsome structure, with a lofty spire: the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the president and fellows of St. John’s College, Oxford: the Rev. H. A. Woodgate, M.A. is the present incumbent. An endowed charity school is in the village. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,489 inhabitants.

GENTRY & CLERGY

Barnet Misses, Brokencote house
Brownlow Rev. John, Chaddesley
Bycott William, esq. Brokencote hall
Piercy Rev. Geo. Henry, Chaddesley
Potter Mr. John, Chaddesley-Corbett
Russell Mrs. – , Sion house
Woodgate Rev. H. A., M. A., rector, Belbroughton
Wylde Rev. John, Belbroughton

ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS.

Ayres & Ellis (boarding) Bluntington
Charity School, Belbroughton – Edward Perry, master
Charity School, Chaddesley-Corbett – John Wigley, head master; Edmund Taylor, second master; Richard Brooke, assistant
Morris Jane, Belbroughton
Morris the Misses, Belbroughton
Newey Miss, Chaddesley-Corbett
Roberts Mary, (boarding and day) Chaddesley-Corbett

BLACKSMITHS.

Corbett John, Havington
Davis Thomas, Belbroughton
Loines Benjamin, Fairfield
Perry Daniel, Chaddesley-Corbett
Potter John, Chaddesley-Corbett
Price William, Belbroughton
Taylor John, Drayton
Wright John, Chaddesley-Corbett

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS.

Bough Samuel, Chaddesley-Corbett
Cole Joseph, Belbroughton
Davis John, Fairfield
Drew George, Chaddesley-Corbett
Duce William, Belbroughton
Maiden Eli, Belbroughton
Pardoe William, Belbroughton
Ruston William, Belbroughton
Scott Thomas, Belbroughton
Tolley William, Belbroughton

BUTCHERS.

Blakeway Chas. Chaddesley-Corbett
Fox Taylor, Belbroughton
Giles Benjamin, Chaddesley-Corbett
Horn John, Chaddesley-Corbett
Price Joseph, Belbroughton
Small Joseph, Fairfield
Spilsbury Thomas, Belbroughton

CARPENTERS.

Bourn Edward, Belbroughton
Broad Charles, Belbroughton
Broad John, Chaddesley-Corbett
Brook John, Chaddesley-Corbett
Dunn John, Belbroughton
Dunn William, Belbroughton

GROCERS & DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.

Bate John, Chaddesley- Corbett
Canadine Abraham, Belbroughton
Depper Thomas, Chaddesley-Corbett
Goode George, Belbroughton
Jones Charles, Chaddesley-Corbett
Lacy James (& miller) Belbroughton
Small Joseph, Fairfield

INNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.

Dog, William Bayles, Chaddesley
Fountain Head, Edwd. White, Chaddesley-Corbett
Fox, John Wright, Chaddesley-Corbett
Queen’s Head, Edward Tandy, Belbroughton
Robin Hood, Joseph Billingsley, Chaddesley
Swan, Thomas Bate, Chaddesley
Swan, Daniel Weaver, Fairfield
Talbot, Thomas Depper, Chaddesley
Talbot, Thos. Spilsbury, Belbroughton
Throckmorton Arms, John Rodgers, Chaddesley Corbett

MALTSTERS.

Bate Elizabeth, Chaddesley-Corbett
Bayles William, Chaddesley-Corbett
Depper Thomas, Chaddesley-Corbett
Fazey John (& corn dealer) Fairfield
Lilley William, Belbroughton
Parkes William, Belbroughton
Wiggin John, Belbroughton

PAINTERS, PLUMBERS, AND GLAZIERS.

Goode Geo. (& draper) Belbroughton
Jackson & Broad, Chaddesley

SADDLERS.

Brook Richard (and agent for Birmingham District Fire Office), Chaddesley Corbett
Leek Peter, Belbroughton

STONE MASONS.

Bate John, Belbroughton
Hill William, Fairfield
Taylor Thomas, Chaddesley-Corbett

SURGEONS.

Hobbes Jonathan Lord, Belbroughton
Jackson Edwd. Chaddesley-Corbett

TAILORS.

Bough John & Son, Chaddesley
Durant George, Chaddesley-Corbett
Fox John, Belbroughton
Manning Thomas, Fairfield
Osborne Richard, Belbroughton

WHEELWRIGHTS.

Gollins Samuel, Belbroughton
Lilly William, Fairfield
Potter Eleanor, Chaddesley-Corbett
Potter Thomas, Chaddesley-Corbett
Smith John, Fairfield
Taylor William, Chaddesley-Corbett

MISCELLANEOUS.

Bate Thomas, builder, Belbroughton
Mills John, retailer of beer, Fairfield
Osborn Daniel, parish clerk, Belbroughton
Potter Saml. Cooper, Chaddesley-Corbett
Rogers John, hair dresser, Chaddesley
Waldron Thos. & William, manufacturers of scythes, hay knives, &c. Belbroughton.

CONVEYANCE BY RAILWAY.

On the Birmingham and Gloucester line. The nearest station is between 3 and 4 miles E. by S. from Chaddesley-Corbett, called the Bromsgrove Station.
For particulars relating to this, and other Railway lines, see the Railway Tables.

Source: Pigot & Co.’s Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the Counties of Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutlandshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire 1841/1842

Notes: Forfield mention in the description may be Fairfield.

Administration

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