Place:Beckford, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesBangrovesource: hamlet in parish
Didcotesource: hamlet in parish
Graftonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates52.0167°N 2.0333°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1931)
Also located inWorcestershire, England     (1931 - )
See alsoTibaldstone Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Winchcombe Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district 1894-1931
Winchcombe Rural, Worcestershire, Englandrural district 1931-1935
Evesham Rural, Worcestershire, Englandrural district 1935-1974
Wychavon District, Hereford and Worcester, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1998
Wychavon District, Worcestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1998
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Beckford is a small village on the main Cheltenham to Evesham Road, five miles northeast of Tewkesbury, on the Worcestershire—Gloucestershire border. Until 1931 it was located in the county of Gloucestershire, where it was part of Winchcombe Rural District (1894-1931). When it was transferred to Worcestershire, it remained part of the Winchcombe Rural District until 1935 when it was transferred to the Evesham Rural District.

The village straddles the A46 and is one of the villages at the foot of Bredon Hill. The Carrant Brook runs between Beckford and Little Beckford and there was a ford across the brook which gave rise to the original name. There is no link between the village of Beckford and the family with the name of Beckford who are considered to be among the original Jamaican slaveowners. The village is known for its silk printing factory which attracts tourists through its workshop tours and demonstrations.

Beckford had a population of 602 according to the 2001 UK census. The population at the time of the 2011 census has not been found.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beckford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BECKFORD, a village and a parish in Winchcomb [registration] district, Gloucester. The village stands near the Ash-church and Evesham railway, 7 miles SW of Evesham; and has a [railway] station, and a post office under Tewkesbury. The parish includes also the hamlets of Bangrove, Didcote, and Grafton. Acres: 2,650. Real property: £2,454. Population: 473. Houses: 103. The property is divided among a few. Beckford Hall is the seat of Hattil Foll, Esq. The manor was given, in the time of Henry I, to the Abbey of St. Martin in Normandy; and passed, after the suppression [of the monasteries], first to Eton college, next to Fotheringhay, next to Sir Richard Lee. The living is a vicarage, united to the [perpetual] curacy of Aston-under-Hill, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £317. Patron: the Rev. Dr. Timbrill. The church is Norman, was recently restored, and has a lofty tower, crowned with pinnacles. Charities, £47."

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