Descriptive Notes

The famous medieval Fleece Inn at Bretforton, originally a farmhouse, first became a licensed house in 1848. It is a black-and-white half-timbered house, now owned by the National Trust and is still in use as a village inn.


O.S. Ref: SP093438
On the Gloucestershire border of the County, 4 miles east of Evesham on the B4035

Parish Church

St. Leonard

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Upper Blackenhurst [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Evesham [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

South Littleton; Church Honeyboume; Saintbury (Gloucestershire); Willersey (Gloucestershire); Badsey; Offenham [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1900 [5]
  Marriages 1538-1950 [5]
  Burials 1538-1895 [5]
  Banns 1825-1939 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1538-1751 (The Marres Family) [27]
  Marriages 1538-1752 [27]
  Burials 1538-1783 (The Marres Family) [27]
  General 1538-1837 [27]
Originals Banns 1755-77 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1838-1875
  Marriages 1538-1876
Bishops' Transcripts Marriages 1538-1837 (100%)

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Bretforton Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1837

St. Leonard: Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1538-1837 BMSGH Shop

Christenings1538-1837; Marriages1538-1837; Burials 1538-1837 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
BRETFORTON : Christenings(Index) 1838-75 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973 Author Genealogical Society of Utah (trans.)

BRETFORTON : Christenings & Burials 1538-1837, Marriages 1538-1704, 1717-1837, banns 1752-60, 1825-35 [includes stray entries of Christenings, Marriages & Burials occurring in surrounding parishes 1547-1835]: a transcript of the register of the parish church, Published , 1908 Author Shawcross, W H (trans.) Edition Ltd. edn. Acc. no. 5884 Location Apply to library staff Shelf mark Summer Palace shelves

BRETFORTON : Christenings & Burials 1538-1837, Marriages 1538-1704, 1717-1837, banns 1752-60, 1825-35 [includes stray entries of Christenings, Marriages & Burials occurring in surrounding parish Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1547-1835]: a transcript of the register of the parish church Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 2000 Author Shawcross, W H (trans.) Edition Fiche copy of 1908 edn.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St Leonard

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
BRETFORTON (St. Leonard) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1987 Author Bushell, Linda et al. (trans.) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St.Leonard's 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:


1841-1901 at

Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1538-1860 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court roll 1552; Proceedings of manorial court of Bretforton (in Eveshsam Abbey Court Book) 1543

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens & overseers accounts 1816-36

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Bretforton C P School
Infants' Dept Log book - 1916 - 36 - Ref: BA 1072
Log book - 1943 - 69 - Ref: BA 6152
Mixed Dept Log books (2 vols) - 1877 - 1943 - Ref: BA 1072

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.

Other Sources

The story of our ancient village; or historical memorials of the parish of Bretforton in the vale of Evesham, Worcestershire Published Evesham, 1890 Author Shawcross, W H Society of Genealogists


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

BRETFORTON, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of BLACKENHURST, county of WORCESTER 3¾ miles (E.) from Evesham, containing 451 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £6. 5, endowed with £600 private benefaction, and £1100 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rev. Dr. Timbrill. The church is dedicated to St. Leonard.

Last Updated: 10/10/2016