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David Edward John perkinsAnonymous - 23rd July 2016 - 15:35

In reply to by Simon King

My name is David Perkins my grandfather John Perkins lived in station road bretforton he had seven sons and one daughter

Now live at 22green close Studley I a m 79 years old l live with my wife .

Anonymous - 21st April 2014 - 14:27

What a fabulous resource. I've had hours of pleasure working my way through the parish records and some of the other links.

A very big THANK YOU to those who worked so hard to put it together and to maintain it.

John Haines - 7th April 2014 - 21:22

Thanks to all those who have put this together, I saw a photo of my Dad as a 12 year old that I had no idea even existed, there is also a letter that he wrote age 12 that is hard to believe, amazing. There is also some new information on my Great Grandfather William Haines that I had been unable to find before, there is a piece on my Grandfather Norris who served in WW1 from 1915 -1919, plus so much information of local people that I remember my Grandparents and Patents telling me about. My Grandmother was Florence Harris (HAINES) who lived at 52 Manor Rd (Whytebury Cott) born 1889 in Badsey in a totally different world to the one we know today, she lived in Manor Rd for 63 years until she died in 1981. Keep up the good work. JH

Elaine - 6th March 2014 - 10:38

Thanks to the wonderful people who have made the Badsey site. You have helped me tremendously with the Knight side of my family tree. My G.g.g. Grandfather Charles Frederick Stratton married 8 Jan 1831 at St James Church, Badsey, to Ann Knight. I was wondering if Charles father's name is on the marriage record as I have been unable to find out his name. On your website you have his name spelt Stretton. I would love some help on this. Thank you, Elaine

Charles Frederick Stratton(5) - 19th December 2014 - 9:28

In reply to by Elaine

By chance I saw a message on your website from Elaine, asking about the father of C.F.Stratton(1). My sister and I have quite a lot of information on the Stratton family from Anthony died 1767 through the Mayor of Evesham to the present day. There is a problem with the man she is looking for, but we can explain. I am curious to know which family line she is from, as Elaine isn`t in our Stratton Family Tree at the moment. Fred.

Lorna Button - 12th January 2014 - 13:35

I stumbled across your fascinating website while trying to do some research about Blackminster Middle School. It will be the 75th anniversary of the opening of the school in September and we want to celebrate the event throughout this year.

I'm keen to find out as much as I can, as the new headteacher, and to include the memories of past pupils alongside facts and information in a commerative book. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Keep up the good work on your website.

Dear Lorna

Thank you for your kind comments about our website. I am Chairman of The Badsey Society and a former Governor at Blackminster. I have a lot of information about the early history of Blackminster which is not on the website as I had been thinking that it might be worth thinking of a book for the 80th anniversary. I will email you separately with my private email so that we can discuss the matter further.

Maureen Spinks


I would think that there would be quite a lot of interest in a book on the history of the school. I was a pupil there fifty years ago, and my neighbour, Ken Jelfs, now aged 86, was there from the beginning, as was Jean Bayliss of Middle Littleton. Both of them would have many memories. Ken has spoken often about how he was one of the children who travelled from Broadway by steam train during the war years, a risky journey as it passed by government stores of munitions at Honeybourne.


Will Dallimore

Debbie Hogg - 20th October 2013 - 19:14

I am a descendent of Decimus and Alice Agg. I would really enjoy knowing even further back if someone could point me in the right direction or has any knowledge.

Thank you,

Debbie Hogg

Peter Stewart - 4th November 2013 - 20:11

In reply to by Debbie Hogg


Decimus was the son of Decimus & Mary Agg (nee Foster) who were married 22/12/1864 in Childswickham. He was the son of James & Mary Agg (nee Bullock) who were married 06/10/1832 at Childswickham. He in turn was the son of James & Edith Agg (nee Gardiner) who were married 14/05/1797 in Cheltenham.



Wendy Davison - 29th July 2018 - 19:05

In reply to by Debbie Hogg


I am also a descendant of Decimus mums maiden name was Agg.

Nick Mytton - 5th April 2020 - 15:09

In reply to by Wendy Davison

I too am a descendant of Decimus and Alice Agg - great grandparents on my mothers side. Happy to share info I have on Agg family

Anonymous - 7th September 2013 - 21:42

I found an article regarding letters written by school children from Badsey in 2003. I was particularly interested in one that contained reference to the Beach Jam Manufacturing factory. I am researching my family history and one name I am researching is the name of Beach. In particular the family of Thomas William Beach in Evesham. I would love to receive any other information from anyone else who had contact with the Beach family in Evesham.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Pat Kearns

Eirlais Tomkins - 2nd September 2013 - 14:54

I am a descendant of William Collet, who married Mary Salter in Badsey in 1790. Neither was born in Badsey and I cannot find where they came from. There was another family with a William Collett, who married Nancy Bird and they stayed in Badsey.

William and Mary had 3 children; William junior married Ann Hulbert in Abbots Morton in 1826. Their youngest son, Anthony, was my great grandfather.

Does anyone have any earlier information, please?

Peter Stewart - 2nd September 2013 - 18:05

In reply to by Eirlais Tomkins


Can you please confirm that your great grandfather was born in 1844 and marry Eliza Steventon in 1874 in West Bromwich?


Eirlais Tomkins - 13th September 2013 - 15:52

In reply to by Peter Stewart

Sorry for the delay, been on holiday.

Anthony was actually born on 6th August 1845 and yes, he married Eliza Steventon in West Brom in 1874.

Peter Stewart - 16th September 2013 - 18:30

In reply to by Eirlais Tomkins

William Collett who married Mary Salter was born in Broadway in 1757. He was youngest born son of Richard Collett who married Elizabeth Keen in Stow on the Wold 3 Oct 1741. It is likely that the couple had children before moving to Broadway but I have no record of these. Those born at Broadway, some dying young, are Ann 1750, William 1751, Richard 1753, John 1754, Richard 1754, John 1755 and William 1757. I am attaching all the details on a separate e-mail to you.


Mark Jeffries - 9th August 2013 - 13:21

I am trying to find out any information on an Arthur Jeffreys, buried 28Dec1775 & Sarah Jeffreys, burried 13Aug1771 and their family:-

William baptised 21Feb1761

Sarah baptised 9May1762

Arthur bapitised 11Aug1765

Elizabeth bapitised 3Jan1768

Mary bapitised 23Sep1770

I believe Arthur & Sarah Cowley married in Long Marston (Morton Siccia) in 1760

I also believe Arthur remarried afer Sarah's death to an Anne Reeves in 1771 in North & Middle Littleton, but I have no further information on her, her birth or what happened to her after Arthur's death.

I have no information on Arthur's birth, various records say "Of Badsey" but I cannot find a birth for him in Badsey.

Would anybody have any information or could steer me to somebody who might?


Liz L - 12th April 2013 - 19:13

This is a wonderful resource. Well done to the creators. I was delighted to find a postcard from my great-grandfather F E Robinson regarding bell ringing from 1897 and addressed to your then vicar. How amazing that something so small could have been kept in the first place and now to have re-emerged on your excellent website. When time allows I am looking forward to learning more about Badsey.

Maureen Spinks - 12th April 2013 - 20:26

In reply to by Liz L

Thank you for your kind comments, Liz. How wonderful that you have been able to view a card written by your great-grandfather. If you look at the January 1903 Parish Magazine (in the St James' Church section of this website) you will see that your great-grandfather is mentioned again. Two new bells had just been fitted in St James' church tower. On 30th December 1902, Reverend Robinson brought over to Badsey a select group of ringers from the Oxford Diocesan Guild. They rang the first peal of 5040 Stedman's Triples on eight bells in 2 hours 52 minutes. Your great-grandfather is also mentioned on our historical website,, in the section called "Bellringers".

Julia Roberts - 2nd April 2013 - 20:34

I am researching the Crisp family history. My 3 times great grandparents were Stephen and Elizabeth (nee Falkener) and my Great Great Grandfather was Alfred Crisp 1829 - 1925. He was a stone mason and built many houses in Badsey and Bretforton. He and his wife Fanny (nee Haines) had 9 girls and 1 boy and they lived at Old Post Office Lane with three of their children, Laura Matilda, Eliza Elizabeth and Sarah Jane before moving to Rose Cottage Drinkwater Lane Bretforton.

Alfred and Fanny's only son Harry was a local builder. One of the houses he built was Cassilis The Pike, Badsey, for his sister Alice Crisp (Nell) a school teacher at Bretforton School.

I have a postcard of The Wheatsheaf in Badsey, with my grandfather Jelfs outside next to a horse and cart, it is not dated but it must be around 1880/1900.

I would love to hear from any one who has connections with the Crisp family of Badsey or Jelfs of Willersey.

Avril Arbuckle - 3rd April 2013 - 9:00

In reply to by Julia Roberts

Hi Julia

I have a couple of Jelfs that married into our Chamberlain side if any use, I don't have many details at present as I haven't long found out about them, I would be interested in your Falkener connection though as we have Faulkner/Faulkener family who I am struggling to put any meat on the bones of this branch. Although these are not from the Badsey area I don't think. My email address is


Peter Stewart - 3rd April 2013 - 18:13

In reply to by Julia Roberts


I have only very recently been involved in much correspondence regarding this Crisp family and in ascertaining who were the parents of Stephen Crisp who married Elizabeth Falkener. He was in fact the illegitimate son of Mary Crisp, daughter of William & Anne Crisp (nee Rogers) who were married at Badsey in 1762. Mary (b.1763) never married and was buried in Badsey in 1829. Her son was apprenticed to her father William who originated from the Littletons where I have traced his ancestors back to 1640 in Cleeve Prior. Were you aware that the school teacher Alice Ellen Crisp (Nell)had a son Charles who was born in 1894 in Bretforton?


Jenny ward - 22nd May 2013 - 21:57

In reply to by Julia Roberts

Dear Julia

I may be able to give you some information on the Crisp family from Badsey if you want to contact me



Elizabeth James - 16th August 2014 - 11:48

In reply to by Julia Roberts

My maiden name is Stanford. John Stanford Crisp Born 15 June 1927 Badsey, died June 2008, was my 3rd cousin. His father was Arthur George Crisp born 18 July 1897, Badsey, died 1971 Malvern. Arthur married Eva Helen Stanford on 3 February 1925. Eva was born 23 October 1897, Badsey and died 11 May 1992, Badsey. Arthur and Eva had four children as far as I can gather from my research Janet M Crisp born 1929, a Living Crisp no information, Mary Crisp and John Stanford Crisp. I did not know any of the Crisp family, the above info found whilst carrying out research on my Stanford Family tree. I do hope this helps a little with your research Julia. Best wishes Liz James, West Midlands.

Helen McArdle - 5th November 2014 - 23:36

In reply to by Julia Roberts

Alfred Crisp was my 3rd great grandad; Laura Crisp his daughter was my great great grandma and her daughter Margaret 'Bessie' Horan was my great grandma. I have a photo of Alfred and his wife which I have put on so you may have seen it. My grandma had lots of newspaper clippings of obituaries of the Crisps. We also have photographs of some of the female Crisps but I have no idea who they are and sadly no-one in the family who may have known is still living.

I am interested in learning more about this side of the family and would love to hear from you.

Anonymous - 28th March 2013 - 12:53

Have just been reading the topic on the chamberlain's from Bowers hill . My farther was Norman Jelfs (nidgie) he always told me that three Jelfs brothers married three Chamberlain sisters from bowers hill one went on to live in Aldington at Sherwood farm (my grandfather) and one stayed in bowers hill . My grandfather was Walter married Flo the one in Bowers hill was Bill he married Kath dont know of the other one. Dont know if its the same family ?

Avril Arbuckle - 28th March 2013 - 19:55

In reply to by Anonymous


I have the Walter/Flo marriage with 5 children ending in Edna Jelfs. I also have Ellen Maria married to Alfred Leonard Jelfs but no children for this marriage so far (not sure if this is correct). And the last I have is Lillian Maud married to Ernest Frederick Jelfs, again no children known and unsure if this is correct.

It is definitely the same family, I would love to have more information on any of these if you have any please.

The descendant of my partner is their brother Albert Francis Chamberlain whose daughter Elizabeth Emily Chamberlain married Francis Henry Groves, their son Winston was Dean (my partners') father.

If you would consider emailing me I could send you what I have from this line of the 3 Chamberlain girls for you to see if I have it correct.

Many thanks


Peter Stewart - 30th March 2013 - 8:24

In reply to by Avril Arbuckle

I do have extensive records of the Jelfs family and can confirm that I could find no children for Ellen Maria and Alfred Leonard Jelfs but seven children for Lillian Maud and Ernest Frederick. All born at Bretforton and all baptised at St. Leonard's Church. I also have five children for the Walter/Flo marriage.

Avril Arbuckle - 1st April 2013 - 1:49

In reply to by Peter Stewart

Thank you Peter, would it be possible to email any details of Lillian & Ernest please, I shall have a look on Freebmd now and match the children to the one marriage. As there were 2 marriages close to each other I wasn't sure which ones belonged to which marriage.



Peter Stewart - 1st April 2013 - 9:28

In reply to by Avril Arbuckle

I will send details via your e-mail address. There is a correction to my last note. Walter and Flo had six not five children. The first child Iris Ellen (born in 1915) was not baptised. In addition you will not find another of their children Dorothy Enid (born in 1917) in Freebmd.

Brian Groves - 7th August 2022 - 19:43

In reply to by Peter Stewart

I noticed that you have an extensive history of the Jelfs family. I was adopted from evesham/badsey and my mothers name was Shirley Jelfs. She did have a daughter named Beverly who was born in 1963 (I believe). I don’t have much else to go on but any information is appreciated


Admin - 19th August 2022 - 17:01

In reply to by Brian Groves

Shirley’s parents were William Alfred Jelfs (1908-1989) and Annie Frances Griffin (1907-1993). William’s parents were Frederick Jelfs (1879-1941) and Phoebe Ann Brookes (c1878-1947).  There are gravestones in the churchyard of St James’ Church, Badsey.  William Jelfs was born in Badsey; his father, Frederick, was born in the neighbouring village of Bretforton.

steve jelfs - 25th April 2013 - 12:10

In reply to by Avril Arbuckle

Six children to walt and flo not five not very good at remembering but think my dad nidge was the youngest please feel free to Email me and i will help you all i can s.jelfs @ one died befor i was born (Whinne Cole ) Dot davies ciss Jelfs Edna Ford Iris Jefferiees

Peter Stewart - 29th April 2013 - 9:18

In reply to by steve jelfs


Your dad was the fourth child to be born. The children were - Iris (Born 1915), Dorothy (Born 1917), Winifred (Born 1920), Norman (Born 1922), Cicely (Born 1924) & Edna (Born 1926). Winifred, who married John Herbert Cole, died before you were born and interred in Badsey churchyard in 1949.


Anonymous - 23rd August 2013 - 20:08

In reply to by Avril Arbuckle

Your post was interesting. My grandfather was Charles Edward Chamberlain, brother of the girls mentioned in your post. I remember Winston and Sue though don't remember their son Dean. They lived in Hampton as did my grandparents (and obviously my mother until her marriage in 1954). I would be interested in any other information you may have on the Chamberlain family.

Avril - 20th February 2014 - 22:10

In reply to by Anonymous

Hi, thanks for the reply, I do not have anything on Charles Edward except the marriage and 1 child, i have done a little research and found the marriage in 1954 of your mother. Win & Sue along with their children left Evesham in 1978. Thanks to a couple of people on here I have managed to pad out some of the families of the Chamberlains I am back to about 1800, but still need to get census records etc to confirm information.

I am happy to help with your research, not sure how much help I can be but please email me



Sally Ann Hollister - 1st January 2024 - 11:46

In reply to by Avril Arbuckle

Hi Avril, my Mother was Lilian May Chamberlain, she was Albert’s Daughter and Bess’s Sister. Iam Winston’s cousin along with my Sister Jane.

Avril Arbuckle - 27th March 2013 - 15:30

I am interested in the 2 names above if anyone has any information or is related please.

DAVIS - at one time Jesse Davis lived down the road from the Chamberlain family. He was a great great uncle of mine, I descended from his brother Joseph.

CHAMBERLAIN - my partner is a direct descendant from the Chamberlain family who lived at Bowers Hill, it is strange that the 2 families lived so close yet we met in Lancashire.

We drove along the road so we could see the houses they lived in as neither of us knew where Bowers Hill was. If there is anyone we could talk to or any information we could copy we would appreciate it. The next time we are down at Evesham is 28th April 2013. My contact email address is