Ancient Parish [25]
A Gloucestershire parish transferred in 1931 to Worcestershire.
Included a chapel at Ashton under Hill, which had separate civil identity early but no separate ecclesiastic identity, hence this parish known ecclesiastically as "Beckford with Ashton under Hill". [25]


O.S. Ref: SO976358
On the Gloucestershire border of the county, 7 miles S.W. of Evesham on the A46

Parish Church

St. John the Baptist

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Diocese of Gloucester.[5] [25]


Tibblestone [15] [28]

Poor Law Union

Winchcombe [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Elmley Castle; Ashton under Hill (Gloucestershire); Dumbleton (Gloucestershire); Alderton (Gloucestershire); Great Washbourne (Gloucestershire); Little Washbourne (Gloucestershire); Alstone (Gloucestershire); Oxenton (Gloucestershire); Teddington; Overbury [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1549-1883 [5]
  Marriages 1573-1973 [5]
  Burials 1538-1925 [5]
  Banns 1768-1812, 1799-1822, 1823-91 [5]
Originals Banns 1891-1982 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

1600-1812, 1813-59 Gloucestershire Archives

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1600-1812
  Marriages 1608-1812

Register Copies

At Gloucestershire Archives [64] :
Christenings, Marriages & Burials1538-1861(extracts) Transcript:
1814-36 Marriages(Index): Gloucestershire FHS

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
BECKFORD : Christenings & Burials 1600, 1607, 1620, 1660, 1675 extracts: Collections for Gloucestershire IN: Collections for Gloucestershire Published : Thomas Payne, 1861 Author Payne, T

BECKFORD : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1600-97 (BT extracts): in "Wills etc": Documents relating to lands in the possession of the Phillips family of Wiltshire IN: "Wills etc": Documents relating to lands in the possession of the Phillips family of Wiltshire Published , Nd. Author Phillips, Thomas

BECKFORD : Marriages 1814-36: Gloucestershire marriages, vol. 18 [Typescript.] IN: Gloucestershire marriages, vol. 18 Published , 1986 Author Gloucestershire FHS (trans.) Source D: Gloucestershire FHS

BECKFORD : Marriages(I) 1607-1700 (BTs): Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Roe, E A Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

BECKFORD (RC chapel) : Christenings 1817-50 [Manuscript.] Published , 1919 Author Henson, E (trans.)



Methodist Circuit Records Christenings1907- 65 Gloucestershire Archives
Roman Catholic Chapel Christenings1817-50 (Manuscript) - Published , 1919 -Author: Henson, E (trans.) Society of Genealogists [68]

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

-1719 Bigland Gloucestershire Archives

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St. John the Baptist Church see:

For the names of those included on a Roll of Honour at St. John the Baptist Church see:

For a War Memorial to Derek Garth Woodward at St. John the Baptist Church see:

For a War Memorial to John Theodore Cameron Margetts at St. John the Baptist Church 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:
1851 & 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]
1841- 1901 Gloucestershire Archives
Gloucestershire 1851 Census index & transcription, vol. 14 : HO 107/1971 - [Winchcombe registration district] Guiting & Cleeve sub-districts: Index to the 1851 Census for Gloucestershire [Microfiche.] - Published Gloucestershire FHS, 1998 - Author: Gloucestershire FHS Society of Genealogists


Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls - scattered dates 1474-1824 Extract of fines and amercements [c.1618], [c.1627], [c.1632]; Rental for the manor, belonging to the college at [Fotheringhay, Northants [1528/29]; Rentals: Lands in Beckford and Grafton and [Bangrove both in Beckford [1455],1624,1631; Terrier: 'A true note conteyning all the acres of arrable land, medows, pastures, commons within the Lordshippe of Beckford' [1542]

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Beckford C E Primary School
Admission register - 1876 - 1912 - Ref: BA 4243; 1913 - 65 - Ref: BA 4549
Log Book - 1944 - 65 - Ref: BA 4549
Log books (2 Vols) - 1892 - 1944 - Ref: BA 4243

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.


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

BECKFORD, a parish in the hundred of TIBALDSTONE, county of GLOUCESTER, 6 miles (E. N.-E.) from Tewkesbury, containing, with the hamlets of Bengrave and Grafton, 442 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Ashton under Hill annexed, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester, rated in the king's books at £16. 16. l0½ , and in the patronage of the Rev. John Timbrill, D.D. The church, a very ancient structure, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Freestone abounds in the parish. Here was an Alien priory of Augustine canons, the revenue of which, at the dissolution, was £53. 6. 8.

Last Updated: 07/10/2016