Descriptive Notes

Birlingham is situated on a loop in the River Avon which surrounds it to the north, east and south.


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Nafford Ancient Parish. Nafford early in ruins & Birlingham then the parish church. The parish thereafter civilly called 'Birlingham', and ecclesiastically called 'Birlingham with Nafford'.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO932431
2 miles south of Pershore along the A4104

Parish Church

St. James the Great

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


Upper Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Pershore [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1566-1894 [5]
  Marriages 1566-1959 [5]
  Burials 1566-1907 [5]
Transcripts General 1566-1812 [27]
Originals Banns [1754]-89, 1918-[86] [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1566-1835
  Marriages 1566-1895
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1602-1702

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1566-1782, Baptisms and Burials 1783-1812, Baptisms 1813-1894, Marriages 1754-1959, Burials 1813-1907

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St. James

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St James

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St. James

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
Notes of monuments, brasses etc in church & churchyard (c 1950)

At Society of Genealogists [59]
BIRLINGHAM (St. James) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1994 Author Farmer, G R (trans.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a WW2 memorial at St James' Church see:

For a War Memorial at St James' Church see:

For a War Memorial Window to Harry Bernard at St James' Church see:

For a Roll of Service at St James' Church see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Birlingham see:

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, and 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 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 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]

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls 1448, 1551, 1554[/55]; Recognizances of tenants 1454[/55];
Birlingham with Defford: Court roll with view of frankpledge and court baron 1714

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Inclosures plan 1774

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Birlingham C E School
Admission register - 1912 - 62 - Ref: BA 3985/2
Log books (2 vols) - 1897 - 1963 - Ref: BA 3985/1

The records of schools and other educational establishments in this parish are detailed in a handlist available at Worcestershire Archives. The list refers to original documents so you will need to note the reference number and contact staff.


Extracts from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

BIRLINGHAM, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (S. S.W.) from Pershore, containing 327 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £9. 17.11 and in the patronage of A. Luders, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. James. The navigable river Avon forms a boundary to the parish.

NAFFORD, formerly a parish, but now in the parish of ECKINGTON, upper division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER. The church, which was dedicated to St. James, has been demolished, and the living consolidated with that of Eckington. (But see Status as defined by Youngs)


Last Updated: 08/10/2016