Worcester St John the Baptist Bedwardine


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Wick Episcopi, which was itself a chapel in Worcester St. Helen Ancient Parish. Wick Episcopi was a separate parish in 1283 but later abandoned. Worcester St John the Baptist Bedwardine was consecrated in 1371 as the parish church.

The Ecclesiastical boundary was altered in :
1910 to help create Broadheath Ecclesiastical Parish
1924 to help create Cotheridge with Crown East Ecclesiastical Parish

Civilly known as 'Bedwardine St John'. It was abolished civilly in 1894, the part in the County Borough created as Worcester St. John Bedwardine City Civil Parish. The remainder was created Worcester St. John Bedwardine County Civil Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO840544
Boughton and Upper and Lower Wick are hamlets in the parish. [57]

Parish Church

St. John, Junction of Bromyard Rd. (A44) and Bransford Rd. (A4103), St. Johns

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


Lower Oswaldslow [44] [25]

Poor Law Union

Worcester (1836-94) [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1558-1948 [5]
  Marriages 1559-1980 [5]
  Burials 1558-1977 [5]
  Banns 1820-73, 1901-57 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1558-1774 [27]
  Marriages 1559-1812 [27]
  Burials 1558-1774 [27]
Originals Banns 1964-91 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1558-1875

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :<
WORCESTER (St. John in Bedwardine) : Christenings 1558-1655, 1662-63, 1673-1812, Marriages 1559-1639, 1677-1812, Burials 1558-1639, 1677-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962

WORCESTER (St. John in Bedwardine) : Christenings 1558-1774, Marriages 1559-1639, 1677-1812, Burials 1559-1639, 1676-1774 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962

WORCESTER (St. John in Bedwardine) : Christenings 1813-70, Marriages 1813-37, Burials 1813-42 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962

WORCESTER (St. John the Baptist) : Marriages(Index) 1559-1812: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

Worcestershire (& Gloucestershire): Parish Registers: Bedwardine (St. Michael) Christenings & Burials 1546-1812, Marriages 1546-1754, Bushley Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1538-1812, Churchill in Oswaldslow Christenings 1564-1794, Marriages 1564-1839, Burials 1564-1792, Eastham IN: English parish records: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxford, Worcestershire (spine) Published Utah MyFamily.com.Inc. 2001 Source D: M Herber.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At Worcestershire Archives [51] :
St John: Epitaphs
Memorials (1934)

At Society of Genealogists [59] :
WORCESTER (St. John in Bedwardine) : Monumental Inscriptions: in Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 [Manuscript.] IN: Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 Published , Nd. Author Bloom, J Harvey (transcription.)

War Memorials

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

On 18th September 1920 a photograph of a Roll of Honour listing members of the Worcester Loyal St John's Lodge of Oddfellows was published in Berrow's supplement. Unfortunately, the original has not been traced. Please tell us if you know where it is. 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:
1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]
1851 transcript on open shelves at HQq942.4465031

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1559-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
St. John's: Court rolls 1377-87, 1388-98
St. John in Bedwardine - Hardwick: Copy of copy of court roll [c.1830]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Day book 1709-65
Register of apprentices 1803-36
Examination book concerning settlements 1746-1807, 1817-20
Parish meeting minute book 1838-75
Vestry meeting minute book 1876-1958
PCC minute book 1920-51
A typed manuscript of the Parish Registers from 1558-1812 with a few miscellaneous bits & bobs 20th cent


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

BEDWARDINE (ST. JOHN), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, comprising the townships of St. John Bedwardine and Bishop's Wick, and containing 2424 inhabitants, of which number, 1161 are in the township of St. John Bedwardine, 1 mile (S.W. by W.) from Worcester. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £13. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient edifice, partly in the Norman, but chiefly in the later style of English architecture. The parish takes its name from its having been allotted to supply the table of the monks of Worcester with provisions. The village, pleasantly situated on an eminence rising from the western bank of the Severn, forms a suburb to the "city of Worcester, from which it is separated by the river Severn. A fair is held on the Friday before Palm-Sunday, on which day (by ancient usage, originating in a grant of certain privileges to the bailiffs and corporation, by the prior of Worcester, in the reign of Edward IV,) the mayor and corporation of Worcester walk in procession through the village.

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