Place:Guarlford, Worcestershire, England

Coordinates52.1065°N 2.2732°W
Located inWorcestershire, England
Also located inHereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Worcestershire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoPershore (hundred), Worcestershire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Upton-upon-Severn Rural, Worcestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Malvern Hills District, Hereford and Worcester, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1998
Malvern Hills District, Worcestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area from 1998 onward
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Guarlford is a village and civil parish in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire, England. The village is situated between the settlements of Barnards Green and Rhydd approximately three kilometres (two miles) east of Great Malvern, the town centre of Malvern. The village is compact, and has a parish church (St Mary's); the Church of England parish includes Madresfield village.

Guarlford is in the administrative area of Malvern Hills District Council and is part of the informal region known as The Malverns. Settlements in Guarlford have existed for around 4,000 years and have been known as Garford (Lay Subsidy Rolls 1275), Gerleford (Lay Subsidy Rolls 1333), Garleford (Valor Ecclesiasticus 1535), Galvert (Map of Worcestershire 1820), and Galfords (Ordnance Survey 1830).

Until 1894 Guarlford was a hamlet in the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Great Malvern. Its first parish council was established in December 1894 according to a new Local Government act, and its boundaries covered much of eastern Great Malvern including Pickersleigh, Poolbrook, Barnards-Green, Hall-Green, and Sherrards-Green. In 1934 following a review, the boundaries were changed, and those areas came under the control of the Great Malvern Urban District.

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From 1894 until 1974 Guarlford was a parish in the Upton-upon-Severn Rural District. Since 1974 it has been part of the Malvern Hills District, first in the county of Hereford and Worcester, and then, since 1998, in Worcestershire again.

There is a sketchmap of the parishes of Upton-upon-Severn Rural District on the rural district page.

Research Tips

  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Worcestershire illustrates the parish boundaries of Worcestershire when rural districts were still in existence and before the West Midlands came into being. The map publication year is 1931. The map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
  • British History Online has a collection of local maps from the Ordnance Survey 1883-1893. Rural areas are included, but these may be especially useful for investigation the suburbs of large towns.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Worcestershire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access. Free search index on its web-site to all its books. In many cases payment will be required to see the extract.
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
  • A History of the County of Worcester: Volume 4 edited by William Page and J W Willis-Bund covers the city of Worcester, as well as parishes in the hundreds of Pershore and Doddingtree, in the south and west of the county. These include the towns of Pershore, Great Malvern and Hanley Castle. (Victoria County History - Worcestershire. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1924, and available free online from British History Online). Guarlford can be found under Great Malvern in this publication although it is not included in the chapter heading.
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