Worcester St John the Baptist, Bedwardine is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Boughton, Wick Episcopi, Lower and Upper Wick, and Henwick.

Parish church: St John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Worcester St John the Baptist, Bedwardine

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Bedwardine (St John), a parish in the lower division of the hund. of Oswaldslow, county of Worcester; 1 mile south-west by south of Worcester, forming part of the western suburb of that city. Living, a discharged vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Worcester, valued at £13 6s. 8d.; gross income £712; in the patronage of the dean and chapter of Worcester. The parish, including the hamlets of Wick-Episcopi, Boulton, Lawrence, and Oldbury, possesses eight daily and three infant schools. Pop., in 1801, 1,574; in 1831, 2,661. Houses 555. Acres 3,730. A. P. £2,352. Poor rates, in 1837, £946.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BEDWARDINE (St. John), a parish, in the union of Worcester, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, Worcester and W. divisions of the county of Worcester, ¼ of a mile (S. W. by W.) from Worcester; containing 2663 inhabitants. This parish, which is bounded on the east by the Teme and the Severn, comprises about 250 acres of land. The village is pleasantly situated on an eminence rising from the western bank of the latter river, by which it is separated from the city of Worcester. The chief employment of the females here is glove-making. The allotment system has been introduced by the vicar. Among the seats are Pitmaston, Broughton House, and Crow’s Nest, with grounds, well planted, attached to each; and in the village are many handsome and substantial houses and shops. A fair is held on the Friday before PalmSunday, on which day (by ancient usage, originating in a grant of certain privileges by the prior of Worcester, in the reign of Edward IV.) the mayor and corporation of the city walk in procession through the village.

The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £13. 6. 8.; net income, £635; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is an ancient edifice, partly Norman, but chiefly in the early English style, with a square tower; and stands at the junction of the Bromyard and Bransford roads. It is said to have been a chapel of ease to the mother church, originally at Wick, and to have been made the parish church in 1371: an organ was presented in 1841 by John Williams, Esq., of Pitmaston, who also gave about £300 towards the repair and enlargement of the edifice. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. Charity schools for twelve boys and twelve girls, afterwards united, were respectively founded and endowed by Milbarrow Doelittle in 1719, and Mercy Herbert in 1722, each granting land for the purpose. An infants’ school, in which 120 children are instructed, was built in 1843. A rent-charge of £25 was bequeathed by Timothy Nourse, in 1698, for apprenticing children and clothing aged persons; and among other charities are, several bequests for the benefit of the poor, four almshouses for aged widows, a district-visiting clothing club, a Sunday-school clothing club, an infants’-school clothing club, and a coal club; the clothing clubs being under the auspices of the clergy. There is also a parochial lending library.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


Online Directories

Bentley’s Directory of St. John’s 1840 – Archive.org

Directory Transcriptions

St. John’s In Bedwardine Directory Listing 1855

Alphabetical List of Clergy, Gentry, Etc.

Allcroft J. M., Esq., Lower Wick
Allies Miss Frances F., Bromwich Cottage
Allies Mr. William, Bransford Road
Bagnall Mr. John S., 23, Boughton St
Bailey Mr. John, Southwick Lodge
Baker Mrs. Caroline, 22, Boughton St
Baldwin Mr. Thomas, Boughton St
Barker Mr. Thomas, 8, Boughton St
Beck Mr. William S., Little Boughton St
Boughton Mr. John, Lower Wick
Bowen Mr. James, Bransford Road
Brabant Mr. Thomas, Upper Wick
Bromage Miss Sarah, Boughton Fields
Caswell Miss Mary Ann, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Chamberlain Mrs. Jane, Spring Terrace
Clinnick Miss Ann, Comer House
Domville Mrs. Barry, Lower Wick
Earl Mr. Thomas, Lieutenant in Militia, Boughton St
Edwards Mrs. Eliza, Spring Terrace, Bransford Road
Farmer, Mrs. Ann, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Fincher Mrs., Rushwick House
Foster Mr. Thomas, Duke’s Cottage, Boughton Fields
Freeman Mr. Thomas, Prospect Place, Henwick
George Mrs., 14, Boughton St
Green Mr. Robert, Boughton St
Haigh Mr. William, Bransford Villa
Harrington Mrs. Elizabeth, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Homer Mr. Thomas K., Henwick
Hopkins Mrs. Eliza, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Horn Mr. Jabez
Isaac John, Esq., banker, Boughton House
James Rev. J. C., Curate, Vicarage House
James Mr. Francis, South Cottage, Boughton St
Lamprey Mrs. Elizabeth, Boughton St
Land Mr. William, Boughton St
Lees Mr. Edwin, F.L.S., Cedar Terrace, Henwick
Mason Mrs. Eliza, 18, Boughton St
Meredith Lieutenant-Colonel John, St. John’s House
Meredith Mrs. Harriet, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Minchall Mrs. Dorothy, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Morton William, Esq., Lower Wick Lodge
Munn Mr. Frederick, Temple Lawn
Padmore Richard, Esq., Henwick Hall
Phillpots Mr. Richard, Boughton St
Phillips Rev. Alfred, D.D., Classical Academy, Henwick
Porter Mrs. Susan, Bransford Road
Price Mrs. Charlotte, Folley House, Henwick Hill
Price Mrs. Elizabeth, Spring Terrace, Bransford Road
Reed John, Esq.
Reynolds Mr. James, Henwick
Smith Mrs., 17 Boughton St
Smith Mr. Samual, Boughton Fields
Southall Mrs. John, Bransford Road
Spencer Mr. Charles, Bransford Road
Stanton The Misses, Bransford Road
Taylor Mr. George, Boughton St
Tearne Samuel M., Esq., Mount Pleasant, Henwick
Thomas Mrs. Ann, Spring Terrace, Bransford Road
Walker Mrs. Frances, Lower Wick
Walker Mrs.
Walsh Mr. Benjamin, Lower Wick
West The Misses, South Cottage, Lower Wick
Weston Mr. Thomas, Lower Wick
Wheeler Rev. Thomas L., Bromwich
Whitmore Miss Sophia, Boughton Fields
Willis John Walpole, Esq., Deputy Lieutenant, and County Magistrate, Wick House, Wick Episcopi
Willis Mrs., Bransford Road
Williams Mrs., Pitmaston
Winwood Mrs. Ann, Lower Wick
Woodward Mr. F. D., Bransford Road

Alphabetical List of Professions, Trades, Etc.

Ainsworth Eliza, milliner and dress maker
Appleton John R., commercial traveller, Woodbine Cottage, Bransford Road
Badgery Samuel, farmer, Upper Wick; house, Shambles
Badgery Thomas, fellmonger, Malvern Road
Bea William A., hair dresser
Beach William, boot and shoe maker
Beard Elizabeth, shopkeeper, Post Office, Bransford Road
Beck William, victualler, Angel
Bird Sarah, day school
Birt Richard, victualler, White Ha?, Bransford Road
Bishop William Henry, surgeon, Bromwich Road
Box William, boot and shoe maker
Boyce William C., commercial traveller, Boughton St
Brook Charles, baker and shopkeeper, Little Boughton St
Brown Thomas, gardener
Brunston William, surveyor, Henwick
Cant George F., boot and shoe manufacturer, Rupert Cottage, and Worcester and Kidderminster
Cleeton Maria, butcher
Coley Josiah P., ironmonger, tinman, and brazier
Colston Thomas, hop merchant, &c., Field Cottage, Bransford Road, and Worcester
Cook Edward, clerk, Boughton St
Coucher James, wool merchant; house, Bromyard Road
Crisp William, corn factor
Dance Elizabeth, day school, Bransford Road
Daniel John, china and earthenware dealer
Davies Alfred, cabinet maker and upholsterer, Boughton Fields, and Worcester
Davis William, draper, Lower Wick, and Worcester
Davis James, hair dresser
Doughty George, beer retailer and coal dealer, Bransford Road
Drew James, bricklayer and plasterer, Bransford Road
Earl Mary, shopkeeper
Essex John, farmer, Upper Wick
Evans Henry, maltster, Bromwich Road
Evans Ann, milliner and dress maker, 7, Boughton St
Farmer Henry, victualler, Herefordshire House, Bransford Road
Farmer William, hop merchant, Boughton St
Fildes Susan, cabinet maker and upholsterer; and Worcester
Fildes John, painter, plumber, and glazier
Finch Edward, carpenter, joiner, and Parish Clerk
Finch Joseph, shopkeeper
Francis James, farmer, Earl’s Court
Gardener John, farmer, Cedar Terrace, Henwick
Gibbs Sarah, baker and corn dealer
Gregg Edward, carpenter and joiner, Little Boughton St
Griffiths Charles, tailor and draper
Girffiths John, carpenter and joiner
Grove George, leather dresser, Swan Pool Skin Yard, Bromwich Road; house, Lansdowne Crescent, Worcester
Hadley William, miller, Lower Wick
Haines Joseph, market gardener, Boughton Fields
Hale William, cooper, Bransford Road
Hall George, ironmonger, &c.; and Worcester
Hancocks Martha, victualler, Bell
Harrington Thomas, builder, &c., Bedwardine Villa, Upper Wick; and Worcester, Malvern and Kempsey
Harris Richard R., Chief Constable of Worcestershire, The Grange
Haynes Richard, nurseryman and seedsman, and cooper, Henwick
Haywood Joseph S., nurseryman, &c., Lower Wick, and Worcester
Hill Francis, victualler, Star, Bransford Road
Hollington Francis, Woollen and linen draper, haberdasher and hosier
Hooper David, butcher
Horton Rev. Edward, boarding school, Lower Wick
Howell Jane and Mary, milliners and dress makers
Hughes Charles, King’s Head
Hughes Samuel, builder, Henwick
Hull James H., grocer and provision dealer
Hundley Joseph, chemist and tobacconist
Jones Henry B., maltster, Bransford Road
Jones Ann, milliner and dress maker
Knight John W., solicitor, Henwick, and Worcester
Lane Edward, coal and timber merchant
Lane Thomas, baker and confectioner
Lawrence Cyrus, builder
Lawrence Jonathan, shopkeeper, St. John’s Green
Lawrence Sophia, straw bonnet maker
Lawrence Hannah, market gardener, Bromwich
Lewis Mary, bath proprietor, Upper Henwick Road
Lightwood Thomas, cattle dealer, St. John’s Terrace, Bromyard Road
Linto Thomas, carpenter, Bromwich Road
Manning Frederick, jeweller, Clarendon Villa, Bransford Road, and Worcester
Matthews Edward, engraver, Bransford Road, and Worcester
Maybury Miss Elizabeth, boarding school
Millner Charles, farmer, Rushwick Farm
Morton John Jacob, maltster
Morton John, farmer, Lower Wick
Mountford Edwin, coach builder
Munn Mary, beer retailer, Royal Oak, St. John’s Green
Mutlow James Thomas, farmer, Oldbury
Newport Thomas, chemist and druggist
Norman John, stone mason, Boughton St, and Worcester
Parsons John, carpenter and joiner, St. John’s Green
Payne Edward, clerk, Boughton St
Penny Henry, beer retailer, Brewer’s Arms, Boughton Fields
Perkins John, blacksmith
Phillips John W., hop merchant
Pierpoint Matthew, surgeon, Crow’s Nest House, and Worcester
Portman Henry, boot and shoe maker, St. John’s Green
Powell Eliza, milliner and dress maker
Price Thomas, painter, plasterer, and glazier, Vine Cottage, Henwick Hill
Price Ann, and Bright Sarah, haberdashers and hosiers
Pullen John, grocer, tea and provision dealer
Richards Mary, shopkeeper
Rimell John, farmer, The Grove
Roe Benjamin, furniture broker
Rogers John, tanner, Upper Henwick Road; house, Kidderminster
Roberts John, builder, Bransford Road
Roberts Wilson A., stationer and newsagent; agent to the Leeds and Yorkshire Fire and Life Office
Rowley William, boot and shoe maker, Bransford Road
Rudge John, market gardener
Saunders John, commercial traveller, Spring Terrace
Sills Stephen, clerk, Bransford Road
Skinner George, solicitor
Skinner Charles R., tanner and currier
Skinner Caswell, victualler, Wheat Sheaf, Henwick
Smith John P., farmer and hop grower, Lower Wick
Smith Richard, nurseryman and seedsman, Bransford Road, and Worcester
Smith William, cooper
Spalding John, baker and confectioner
Spray Edward, blacksmith, Malvern Road
Stallard John, solicitor, Henwick, and Worcester
Stalworth Thos., general carrier and merchant, Bransford Road, and Worcester
Stephens Edwin, baker and shopkeeper, Boughton Fields
Stephenson James, hair dresser, St. John’s Green
Stiles Henry, victualler, Sand Pit House, Crow’s Nest
Swinburn Edward, surveyor, Little Boughton St
Taylor Nathaniel, auctioneer, &c., Rose Cottage, Boughton Fields, and Worcester and Kidderminster
Taylor James, flour and corn dealer
Taylor Edward, boot and shoe maker
Thomas and Farmer, saddlers and harness makers
Thomas William H., Clerk at Old Bank, Boughton St
Thorn Alfred, glover, Spring Terrace
Tilsley Robert, Police Constable, Crow’s Nest
Toft Charles, artist, Shrubbery Cottage, Boughton Fields
Turley John, draper, &c., Ivy House, Henwick, and Worcester
Turley Edward A., physician and surgeon, Ivy House, and Worcester
Turner William, tailor, St. John’s Green
Turner Ann, stay maker, St. John’s Green
Turvey William, shopkeeper, and Sub-Postmaster, Henwick
Veale Thomas, general accountant
Waite Jacob, clerk at Railway, 16, Boughton St
Wale Orlando, surgeon, Blakefield Cottage
Walford Charles, road contractor, Henwick
Walford Henry, road surveyor, Henwick
Wall Caroline, day school, 15, Boughton St
Walters John, market gardener, Pine Cottage, Boughton Fields
Ward John, wheelwright, Bransford Road
Waters Thos., solicitor, Belmont House, and Worcester
Watkins Joseph, victualler, Swan
Weston Mary, farmer, Henwick Farm
White William, boot and shoe maker
Williams Francis, grocer, &c., and Worcester
Wilson Henry, cattle dealer, Bransford Road

Post Office, Bransford Road – Elizabeth Beard, Sub-Postmistress. Arrival, 6 30 a.m.; despatch, 6 45 p.m.

Post Office, Lower Wick – John Vobe, Sub-Postmaster. Arrival, 5 30 p.m.; despatch, 7 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

St. John’s in Bedwardine Worcester 1791

St. John’s in Bedwardine is a township adjoining the city of Worcester, where a fair is kept annually on the Friday before Palm-Sunday, on which day (only) the mayor and aldermen of Worcester, attended by their proper officers, walk in procession through the same. The origin of this custom proceeded from certain privileges granted by the prior of Worcester to the bailiffs and corporation, in the reign of Edward IV. In this parish was born the celebrated Sir Reynold Bray, who, for his great service in defeating the ambition of Richard III and uniting the houses of York and Lancaster, was raised by King Henry VIII to the dignity of lord treasurer of England. This parish comprehends Lawern and Upper and Lower Wick. At Wick anciently stood a church, entirely destroyed by order of William de Lynn bishop of Worcester, in 1371. On the river Teme, which passes this parish, adjoining Powick’s Ham, is an iron forge, the property of Nehemiah Lloyd, Esq.

Allies Richard, Tanner
Armstrong Joseph, Cooper
Barber Stephen, Gent. Upper Temple Lawn
Baynham John
Beezley Thomas, Wick
Beezley Mrs.
Benbow Samuel, Bromwich –farm
Bevan Francis, Swan Inn
Boughton John, Lower Wick
Bristow Gabriel, Shoemaker
Burford Joseph, Weaver
Clarke Thomas, Breeches-maker
Dale George, Lower Wick
Davis Captain W.
Davis James, Glover
Dunn James, Nailer
Dyke Samuel, Sadler
Dyos Josiah, Carpenter
Earl Joseph, Peruke-maker
Edwards T. C. Rushwick
Elt William, Bromwick-hall
Evans –, Gardener
George John, Rushwick
Gibson Alexander, Currier
Goodere Moses, Gent.
Griffiths Rev. E.
Hall John
Hankins Edward, Butcher
Harding John, Victualler, (King’s Head)
Hardman Mr. Bromwich-hall
Harris Mr.
Higgins Robert, Gent.
Higgins Mrs.
Holl Thomas, Baker
Holt Henry
Hooper John, Wick
Hooper John, Baker and Maltster
Hopkins Thomas, Gent.
Hunt Henry, Breeches-maker
Lightburn John, Lower Wick
Lingham Abraham, Glover
Lucy William, Carpenter
Martin William, Peruke-maker
Mayers Thomas, Taylor
Millage John, Taylor
Minchall Thomas, Tanner
Morgan John, Butcher
Morgan Elias, Leather-dyer
Morton Mary, Grocer
Moule Philip, Esq.
Munn William, Bell Inn
Oakley T.
Owen John, Angel Inn
Paine James, Gent.
Patrick Josiah
Peakman Mrs. Grocer
Pemberton Benjamin, Tanner
Penn Mrs. Shopkeeper
Powell Richard, Gardener
Richards Thomas, Glover
Richards Samuel, Millwright
Rufford Philip, Gent.
Shaw Mr. Lower Temple Lawn
Sheldon R. Wire-worker
Simmonds John, Gent.
Skinner Richard, Glover
Smith James
Smith Mrs.
Stephens J. Jersey-comber
Strickland –, Grazier
Teverell James
Thrupp John, Shoemaker
Tustain William, Victualler, (Crown)
Wambey Alexander, Gent.
Welton Stephen, Shopkeeper
Williams Mrs.
Williams Thomas, Glover
Wood Thomas, Gent.

Source – Universal British Directory 1791

Crown East, St. John’s Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905

Distance – 2 ½ miles W. of Worcester.
Postal Information – Letters are received through Worcester, and are delivered by messenger from Rushwick at 7 a.m. The Wall Letter-box is cleared at 4.55 and 7.35 p.m. on week-days, and on Sundays at 7.35 p.m. St. John’s is the nearest money order and telegraph office.
Crown East Church – Served by one of the Clergy of St. John’s – Thomas Downes, Sexton.
Elementary School (boys, girls, and infants), town East – Mrs. C. Zeal, Mistress.


Bramwell Henry, J.P., Crown East court
Collins Stephen, head grdnr. To Hy. Bramwell
Cox Joseph, farm bailiff to Henry Bramwell
Downes Thomas, blacksmith, Crown East
Zeal Mrs. C., Schoolmistress, Crown East

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

Lower Wick Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905

Postal Information – Post Office, William J. Went, Sub-Postmaster. Letters delivered 6 a.m. and 3.10 p.m. week-days; 6.0 a.m. on Sundays. Despatched to Worcester 11.20 a.m. and 7.40 p.m. week-days, and 7.40 p.m. Sundays. Postal Orders issued and paid. Nearest money order office, Powick.


Allen A. S., Lower Wick house
Allen Thomas, Southwick lodge
Boughton William
Buckland Harry, Rupert house
Cale William, Mill yard
Cooper Mrs., The Hollies
Cox Edward, Nursery lodge
Drinkwater Mrs., Lower Wick
Electric Light Works
Grove George, Lyttleton house
Groves H., market gardener
Knott Mrs., prospect house
Little Thomas, water bailiff, Mill yard
Partington Mrs., The Nook
Pitt S., Prospect villa
Robinson Captain, Cleeve house
Styles Albert, Teme house
Summers Joseph, Mill yard
Turberfield William, gardener, Sherwood cottage
Went W. J., sub-postmaster
White John, Rupert villa
Whitehead Christopher J., Vernon manor
Whiting David, Lower Wick lodge

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

Upper Wick St Johns Littleburys Worcester Directory 1905

Distance – 2 ½ miles W of Worcester
Postal Information – Letters are received by messenger from Worcester about 7.30 a.m. The Wall Letter-box is cleared at 3.50 and 7.15 p.m. on week-days, and at 7. 15 p.m. on Sundays. St. John’s is the nearest money order and telegraph office.


Finch Ridley (Finch & Co.), Upper Wick farm
Grundy Walter, Tan House farm
Isaac Arthur, Bedwardine villa
Powell John Edward, farmer & hop grower, Upper Wick farm; res., Lower Wick
Price Geo., gardener, Upper Wick
Quarrell Thos. Chance, Upper Wick house
Quarrell Thos. Read, Upper Wick house
Sale Mrs., Wick Episcopi

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


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

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