Little Washbourne


A hamlet in Overbury Ancient Parish (Worcestershire). A former tithing of Overbury, it was transferred for civil purposes to Gloucestershire in 1844. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866. Abolished in 1935 entirely to Dumbleton Ancient Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO989334
In Gloucestershire, 6 miles east of Tewkesbury along the A46 & B4077

Parish Church

St.Mary, Little Washbourne (O.S. Ref: SO989334)
The church was declared redundant on 26 September 1974 and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust [80]

Hidden in an orchard with views of the Cotswolds and Bredon Hill, the setting of Little Washbourne church is very beautiful. The walls are of warm local stone with Cotswold slate roofs to match and, though considerably rebuilt over the years, the structure is largely Norman. Inside is a remarkably complete and elegant 18th century scheme of furnishing: with a fine altar table, box pews and pulpit with its tester, uniformly and very stylishly panelled, and all lit through clear 18th century windows. [40]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Kifsgate [25]

Poor Law Union

Winchcombe [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Beckford (Gloucestershire); Great Washbourne (Gloucestershire); Alderton (Gloucestershire); Alstone (Gloucestershire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1813-1981 [5]
Marriages 1841-1959 [5]

For entries prior to 1813 see Alstone. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1619 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1789-1811; 1813-77

Register Copies

WASHBOURNE, LITTLE : Christenings 1813-1981 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984 Society of Genealogists [68]

Census Records

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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]

1861 - 91 Gloucestershire Archives


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

WASHBOURN (LITTLE), a chapelry in the parish of OVERBURY, middle division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 6½ miles (E. by N.) from Tewkesbury, containing 55 inhabitants.

Last Updated: 29/07/2012