Belbroughton

Descriptive Notes

Belbroughton once had an extensive manufactory for scythes, hay-knives, &c. and included the once internationally renowned scythe makers Nash & Waldron. Scythes were made in the village until 1968

Status

Ancient Parish [25]
Fairfield was a chapel of ease to Belbroughton (see below)

Location

Ref: SO919769
On the B4188, 2½ miles South of Hagley, 5 miles east of Kidderminster & 4½ miles N.W. of Bromsgrove
Bell End & Fairfield are hamlets 1 mile N.E. and 3 miles S.E. respectively. Bell Heath and Maidley are 1 mile and ¾ mile east respectively. [57]

Parish Church

Holy Trinity
Fairfield: St.Mark's is at SO948752

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1974, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1974 - *) [25]

Hundred

Lower Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Bromsgrove [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

For Belbroughton

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1540-1969 [5]
  Marriages 1540-1980 [5]
  Burials 1540-1967 [5]
  Banns 1754-1823, 1948-60 [5]
       
Originals Banns 1948-71 [12]

For Fairfield:
    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1898-1970 [5]
  Marriages 1886-1981 [5]
  Burials 1897-1971 [5]
       
Originals Burials 1897-1996 [12]
  Banns 1886-1955 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1615 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

[19]

    Coverage
Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1540-1877
  Marriages 1540-1876

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Belbroughton A-Z marriages 1739-1876; Baptisms 1852-1948 Marriages 1813-1904 Burials 1813-1897; Baptisms 1948-1967 Marriages 1904-1967 Burials 1897-1967; Baptisms A-Z 1728-1812; Marriages 1971-1981

Fairfield Baptisms 1898-1970 Marriages 1886-1964 Burials 1897-1971
Fairfield Marriages 1965-1981

At Society of Genealogists [68]
BELBROUGHTON : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1615-1700 (BTs) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1960 BELBROUGHTON: Christenings 1540-1948, Marriages 1540-1904, Burials 1540-1897, banns 1754-1823, land & owners in 1620 [Microfilm] Published Salt Lake City Genealogical Society of Utah 2008 Source S: S Groocock.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Shop
Holy Trinity
St.Mark, Fairfield

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Holy Trinity
Fairfield -
St Mark

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
Monumental Inscriptions for Belbroughton and Fairfield

At Society of Genealogists [59] :
BELBROUGHTON (Holy Trinity) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1993 Author Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (trans.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Soc. for Genealogy & Heraldry.

FAIRFIELD (St. Mark) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1994 Author Wright, A J L et al. Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Holy Trinity Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Belbroughton Holy Trinity Church

For the names of those included on Fairfield War Memorial see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Fairfield War Memorial

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.

Access to the library edition of Ancestry.co.uk is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.

A free-to-view site is being developed at freecen.org.uk for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.

Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.

Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:
1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1851 Census Worcestershire, vol. 10 Bromsgrove transcript & surname index : part 1 Stoke Prior & Bromsgrove (part); part 2 Belbroughton, Clent, Hagley, Pedmore, Frankley, Hunnington, Romsley, Tutnall & Cobley, Bromsgrove (part); part 3 Tardebigg, Tutnal & Cobley, Bentley Pauncefoot, Webheath, Redditch & Alvechurch - Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1993-5 - Author: Friend, A F (trans.) Society of Genealogists

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1897 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
List of all the yard lands and half yard lands and nooks of land in the parish of Belbroughton 1620
Register of services 1945-51, 1959-68
Parochial church council and vestry meetings- signed minutes 1927-33, 1950-69
Vestry meeting order book 1741-69
Vestry meeting minute book, with lists of persons nominated to serve as Parish Officers and mention of apprentices and masters 1779-1818
Poor relief rate book with later notes 1802
Poor relief account book 1831-6

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Fairfield Mixed School
Log book - 1905 - 60 - Ref: BA 7527

A handlist of other records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here.

Directories

An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

BELBROUGHTON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 5 miles (N. W. by N.) from Bromsgrove, containing 1476 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £19, and in the patronage of the President and Fellows of St. John's College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has recently received an additional number of sittings, by means of a grant of £ 100 from the Incorporated Society for enlarging churches and chapels. Here is an extensive manufactory for scythes, hay-knives, &c. Fairs are held on the last Monday in April, and the Monday before St. Luke's day. A sheriff's court, for the recovery of small debts, is held on the third Wednesday in every month. There is an endowment of about £10 per annum for the instruction of poor children. The parish is divided into four yields, viz., those of Belbroughton, Brian's Bell with Moor-Hall Bell, Forfield, and Broomhill.

Last Updated: 07/08/2013