Descriptive Notes

There are records of a Saxon church in 974 A.D., the name Tardebigge means 'tower on the hill'. The tower of a Norman church which replaced it in the 11th century collapsed in 1775 and the present building, except the chancel, was completed in 1777. The Cookes memorial survives from the Norman church. St Bartholomew's Church is on a hill overlooking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal which extends 30 miles from Gas Street Basin in Birmingham to Diglis Basin in Worcester.

The canal is level from Birmingham to Tardebigge New Wharf situated below the church, then it descends by 58 locks to the River Severn. The series of 30 locks from the New Wharf to Stoke Prior (known as the Tardebigge Flight) is the largest concentration of narrow locks in the country. Of the five tunnels on the canal, two lie within the parish, Shortwood Tunnel (613 yards long) and Tardebigge Tunnel (580 yards long). Between the two tunnels lies Tardebigge Old Wharf, now the location of a boat-hire business.


Ancient Parish [25]
Medieval status in Warwickshire, Staffordshire & Worcestershire varied at different times, thereafter entirely Worcestershire (Halfshire Hundred), except for the township of Tutnall & Cobley (Warwickshire, Barlinchway Hundred, transferred to Worcestershire in 1844 for civil purposes (Halfshire Hundred)). Included in Worcestershire were a chapel at Redditch (a separate Civil Parish in 1866, and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1855) and the townships of Bentley Pauncefoot & Webheath (each a separate Civil Parish in 1866) so that Tardebigge was entirely Worcestershire in 1844-66 and had no separate civil identity after 1866. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO995691
3 miles east of Bromsgrove & 2¾ miles west of Redditch

Tardebigge comprehends within its parochial boundaries the hamlet of Tutnall [1½ miles N.W.] and Cobley [2 miles N.E.] (formerly a detached part of Warwickshire), as well as the townships of Bentley Pauncefoot, Web Heath and Redditch, exclusive of the ecclesiastical parish of Redditch. [57]

Parish Church

St. Bartholomew
Bordesley Abbey Chapel: St. Stephen

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [1] [25]


Part in Alcester division of Barlichway, Warwickshire but chiefly in Upper Halfshire, Worcestershire [44] [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

'Tardebigge' was separately rated for poor law purposes at creation of Bromsgrove Poor Law Union but each of the 4 units separated soon after 1836 and 'Tardebigge' no longer had a separate poor law status. [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1566-1971 [5]
  Marriages 1566-1969 [5]
  Burials 1579-1971 [5]
  Banns 1754,1822-45,1846-1907,
Transcripts Christenings Index to baptisms
Originals Banns 1754 - [55]; 1823-1960 [12]

Bordesley Parish Registers:

The Cistercian monastery of Bordesley was founded by Waleran de Beaumont between 1138 & 1140 in the clayland of north-east Worcestershire (& now on the outskirts of Redditch). Bordesley came under Tardebigge.


    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1704-69 [5]
  Marriages 1722-50 [5]
  Burials 1713-69 [5]
Transcripts Christenings Index to baptisms 1858-1968 [27]
Originals Christenings C1704-70 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1813-1875
  Marriages 1730-1882

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68]
TARDEBIGGE : Christenings 1566-1812, Marriages 1566-1837, Burials 1579-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971

TARDEBIGGE : Christenings 1813-57, Marriages 1837-1908, Burials 1813-67 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, Nd.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
TARDEBIGGE (St. Bartholomew) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1987 Author Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (transcription.) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

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

For a War Memorial to Peter Dixon at St. Bartholomew'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 Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. 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 Ancestry.co.uk 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 freecen.org.uk 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 51 61 81 at Worcestershire Archives [14]
See also Tutnall & Cobley
1851 - 91 Redditch Library
1841 Warwickshire Record Office

At Society of Genealogists :-
1851 Census Worcestershire, vol. 10 Bromsgrove transcript & surname index : part 1 Stoke Prior & Bromsgrove (part); part 2 Belbroughton, Clent, Hagley, Pedmore, Frankley, Hunnington, Romsley, Tutnall & Cobley, Bromsgrove (part); part 3 Tardebigg, Tutnal & Cobley, Bentley Pauncefoot, Webheath, Redditch & Alvechurch - Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1993-5 - Author: Friend, A F (trans.)

1871 census Greater Birmingham (part) plus Budbrooke, Dunchurch & Leamington surname & folio index plus images of the folios for pieces RG 10/2968-2974, 3076-3086, 3088-3089, 3119, 3134-3160 & 3187-3193 [CD-ROM] - Published Birmingham: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry 2004 - Author: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial St Bartholomew: 1695-1840; Bordesley Chapelry: 1713-69 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Bordesley: Detailed survey of Manor 1561

Parish Records on microform

at Worcestershire Archives [13]
Vestry minute books 1850-1921
Church rate book of Bentley & Webheath [1868]
Rent charge and tithe rent charge book 1869-83, 1884-1906
Bentley Church minute book 1958-60

Other Sources

At Society of Genealogists
A short history of St. Bartholomew's church Tardebigge Published 1977 Author Harris, David R Edition 1990 reprint of 1977 vol. Source D: N Wells.

Tardebrigge & The Worcester & Birmingham Canal: the memoirs of George Bate, B.E.M. : Family history tracts, vol. 243 IN: Family history tracts, vol. 243 Published 1995 Author Bate, George


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

TARDEBIGG, a parish partly in the Alcester division of the hundred of BARLICHWAY, county of WARWICK, but chiefly in the upper division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (E.S.E.) from Bromsgrove, containing, with the hamlets of Bentley, Redditch, Tutnal with Cobley, and Wibheatb-Yields, 3458 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 Earl of Plymouth. The church is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. At Redditch, in this parish, is a manufacture of needles and fish-hooks. The Birmingham and Worcester canal passes through a short tunnel in the parish.

BORDESLEY, a hamlet in that part of the parish of TARDEBIGG which is in the upper division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 5½ miles (E. S. E.) from Bromsgrove. The population is returned with the parish. A Cistercian abbey, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was built in 1138, by the Empress Matilda, the revenue of which, a short time previously to the dissolution, was estimated at £392. 8. 6.: the chapel, dedicated to St. Stephen, which subsisted for some time afterwards, formed part of it.

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