Cleeve Prior

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Priors Cleeve
In the 17th century a Thomas Bushell, born in Cleeve Prior in 1594, became the lessee of the royal mines in Cardigan, Wales. He founded a mint in Aberystwyth Castle, where silver coins were minted between 1639-1642.


O.S. Ref: SP088493
On the Warwickshire border of the county, 5 miles N.E. of Evesham
Oden [Hoden], the name of two farms is 1 mile S.E. [57]

Parish Church

St. Andrew

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


In Upper Oswaldslow, though locally in Upper Blackenhurst [11] [25] [44] [28]

Poor Law Union

Evesham [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Salford Priors (Warwickshire); Bidford (Warwickshire); Welford (Gloucestershire); Dorsington (Gloucestershire); Pebworth (Gloucestershire); North & Middle Littleton [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1598-1965 [5]
  Marriages 1599-1965 [5]
  Burials 1599-1964 [5]
  Banns 1754-1812 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1598-1894 [27]
  Marriages 1599-1900 [27]
    1599-1837 [27] [21]
  Burials 1598-1900 [27]
Originals Banns 1823 - 1962 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1598-1875
  Marriages 1599-1875

Register Copies

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office [71]
Christenings 1598-1793 Marriages 1599-1837 Burials 1598-1640, 1661-1812

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
CLEEVE PRIOR : Marriages 1599-1640, 1662-78, 1695-1837: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1910 Author Phillimore, W P W ed.

CLEEVE PRIOR : Marriages(Index) 1651-75: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

At [FreeREG]
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FreeREG is a new project. The database currently contains a few million records only, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database.

The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Marriages: 1599-1837

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
CLEEVE PRIOR (St. Andrew) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1983 Author Newman, Oliver (transcriptions)

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Andrew's Church see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Cleeve Prior War Memorial Hall for WW1 see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Cleeve Prior War Memorial Hall for WW2 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 1599-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Manor books 18th and 19th cents
Cleeve Prior and Broadmarston: Manor Court Books (draft) 1812-1907

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Cleeve Prior C E (Controlled) School
Log book - 1904-59 - Ref: BA 9284/1(ii)

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:

CLEEVE (PRIOR'S), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, locally in the upper division of that of Blackenhurst, county of WORCESTER, 5½ miles (N. E.) from Evesham, containing 343 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. The village is situated on an eminence, but the grounds immediately round it are flat, and the meadows on the banks of the Avon, which receives the Arrow, and enters Worcestershire from this parish, are sometimes subject to floods. The parish contains blue limestone; and there are quarries of valuable paving stone, and a species of marble which bears a polish like the Derbyshire marble; in working one of which, in 1812, two earthen jars of Roman coins, one containing gold and the other silver, principally of the reigns of Gratian, Valentinian, and Theodosius, and in good preservation, were found at the depth of three feet from the surface.

Last Updated: 12/10/2016