Bredicot is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Church: St. James

Parish registers begin: 1702

Produce: wheat, barley, peas, and beans

Parishes adjacent to Bredicot

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1870

Bredicot, a parish in Pershore Registration District, Worcestershire; on the Birmingham and Gloucester railway, 3 ¼ miles E of Worcester. Post-town, Spetchley, under Worcester. Acres, 397. Real property, with Churchill, £1,570. Pop., 53. Houses, 13. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Tibberton, in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £260. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BREDICOT (St. James), a parish, in the union of Pershore, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, Worcester and W. divisions of the county of Worcester, 3¾ miles (E.) from Worcester; containing 53 inhabitants. It is a small parish, comprising only 337 acres, whereof two-thirds are arable, and the remainder pasture; the surface is undulated, the soil a good rich marl, and the scenery picturesque. The Birmingham and Gloucester railway intersects the parish from north to south, nearly on a level with the surface. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £3. 18. 1½.; net income, £120, derived from land: patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church, an ancient structure, was thoroughly repaired, re-pewed, and beautified, in 1843, at a cost of £300, defrayed principally by the rector, the Rev. William Godfery. In 1839, some workmen excavating for the railway, found a small Roman urn of red clay, containing about 140 copper coins; it was met with at the depth of two feet in the earth, under the boughs of an old pollard elm, just by Bredicot Court.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Bredicot – a parish in the hundred of Oswaldslow, lower division, 3 miles E. from Worcester, and 113 from London; containing 7 inhabited houses. This parish is united with Churchill, and is a rectory; the Rev. T. Price, incumbent; instituted 1821; in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Population, 1801, 32 – 1811, no return – 1821, 37.

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.

Parish Records


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England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973

England and Wales Census Records


Online Directories

Lascelles & Co.’s Directory and Gazetteer of the City of Worcester & Neighbourhood 1851

Bentley’s Directory of Bredicot 1840 –

Directory Transcriptions

Bredicot Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905

Distances – 4 miles E. of Worcester, and 6 S. by E. of Droitwich.

Population – In 1901, 43. Acreage, 398.

Postal Information – Letters are received through Worcester, and are delivered about 7.30 p.m. The Wall Letter-box is cleared at 6.30 p.m. on week-days only. Telegrams may be sent from Spetchley Goods Station. Worcester (London Road) is the nearest money order office.

Parish Church (St. James) – Rev. Harry Edgar Erskine Arthure, M.A., Rector of Bredicot and Vicar of Tibberton (res., Tibberton Vicarage, Droitwich); Joseph Dorrell and Edward Major Kingsmill, Churchwardens.

Elementary School (boys, girls, and infants) – J. P. Phillips, Master; Mrs. Phillips, Sewing Mistress; Miss Tarran, Assistant Mistress.


Dorrell Joseph, Bredicot court
George Edwd., cottage farmer & landowner
Kingsmill Edwd. Major, farmer, Glebe farmer
Phillips J. P., schoolmaster, School house

Source: Littlebury’s Directory of Worcester & District. Tenth Edition. Printed and Published by Littlebury & Company, The Worcester Press, Worcester. 1905

Bredicot Littleburys Directory 1879

Bredicot is a small parish on the Birmingham and Bristol branch of the Midland railway, 4 miles E. of Worcester, and 6 S. by E. of Droitwich; is in the western division of the county, Lower Oswaldslow hundred, Pershore union, petty sessional division, and county court district, Broughton Hackett polling district, Worcester diocese and archdeaconry, and East Worcester rural deanery. The area of the parish is 397a. 3r. 16p. ; annual rateable value, £812; population in 1861, 53; in 1871, 68; with 12 inhabited houses. Robert Berkeley, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is various; chief produce, wheat, barley, peas, and beans. The church of St. James is a little oblong building, with a bell-cot. The register begins with the year 1702. The living is a rectory, to which the vicarage of Tibberton is annexed. The two livings being but of small value, and Bredicot having a parsonage house while Tibberton had none, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester, who are the patrons, some years ago caused them to be united in perpetuity under the powers of an Act of Parliament giving facilities for consolidating small and dividing larger livings. The joint annual value is about £262, with residence; the Rev. William Major Kingsmill, M.A., Jesus College, Cambridge, the present rector, was instituted in 1865. For educational purposes Bredicot is the centre of a district, having a national school for the poor children of Spetchley, White Ladies’ Aston, Broughton Hackett, Churchill, Bredicot, and Warndon. Some Roman coins were discovered here a few years ago near Bredicot court by the father of the present occupier.

Postal Regulations. – Letters are received through Worcester, which is the nearest money-order and telegraph office and post town.

Parish Church (St. James’s). – Rev. William Major Kingsmill, M.A., Rector
National School (boys and girls). – Mr. E. George, Master; Mrs. George, Mistress.


Kingsmill Rev. William Major, M.A. (rector of Bredicot and vicar of Tibberton). The Rectory
Chamberlain Henry, farmer, Bredicot court
George E., schoolmaster

Source: Littlebury, Littlebury’s Directory and Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Third Edition. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. 1879

Bredicot Worcestershire Billings Directory 1855

Bredicot is a very small parish, about 3 miles E. of Worcester, and contained in 1851 a population of 65 inhabitants.

The Church, dedicated to St. James, is a small old building, in the early English style of architecture, and contains a stone pulpit. In the chancel is a carved oak chair, dated 1690, the gift of Henry Chamberlain, Esq., of Bredicot Court. The living is a Rectory, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Rev. Philip Sidney Ashworth, M.A., Rector; no Clerk appointed. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., alternately with Tibberton.
The National School, for boys and girls was erected by subscription in 1842, for the poor children belonging to this and adjoining parishes: the land was given by the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Mr. John Jacob, Master; Harriet Jacob, Mistress. Average number of scholars – boys, 100, girls, 70.


Ashworth Rev. Philip S., M.A., Rector of Bredicot and Tibberton

Chamberlain Henry, Esq., Bredicot Court

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Churchill and Bredicott Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Brampton Charles, farmer
Hemus Thomas, farmer
Mantle John, farmer
Page Richard, farmer
Sharpe John, miller
Weston Thomas, farmer

Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Family History Links

Victoria & Albert Museum – Photographs of Bredicot dating from the 1850’s


  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Pershore
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Worcester
  • Poor Law Union: Pershore
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury
  •  Petty Sessional Division: Pershore
  • County Court District: Pershore
  • Polling District: Broughton Hackett

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