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The Swan, Birlingham
Grid reference: SO932428
Location: 52°4’59"N, 2°6’0"W
Post town: Pershore
Postcode: WR10
Dialling code: 01386
Local Government
Council: Wychavon
West Worcestershire

Birlingham is a village and parish in the Pershore Hundred of Worcestershire. The village is south of Pershore itself, located in a bend of the River Avon.


Church of St James the Great

The name Birlingham is derived from the Old English Byrla–inga–hamm, meaning "Land, in a river-bend, of a man called Byrla". It has been recorded as Byrlingahamm (972) and Berlingeham (1086, Domesday Book).[1]


Roman Britain

Romans are believed to have settled in Birlingham during the Roman occupation of Britain, suggested by the discovery of a Roman brooch within the village. It is possible that there was a crossing point near the village at Swans Neck, though no evidence has been found of this.[2]

Late Middle Ages

The Swan Inn, the village's public house, is believed to date back to the 16th century.[3]

Geography and demography

Birlingham is surrounded on the north, south and east sides by a river-bend known as Swans Neck, part of the River Avon. The village is located on a floodplain.[4] Bow Brook passes by the village's west side.

Nearby villages include Defford and Eckington.

In 2001, the parish had a population of 325, compared to a population of 373 in 1991.[5]


There are two bus services that serve Birlingham: the 52/53, which goes between Worcester and Eckington (via Pershore and Evesham),[6] and the 54, which goes between Worcester and Pershore.[7]

Places of worship

The church's original chancel arch

Birlingham is served by the church of St James the Great, located in the Anglican Diocese of Worcester. The original church was built in the 12th century, with its chancel arch now located outside as the churchyard's entrance. The current west tower was built in the 15th century, the rest of the church being rebuilt around the 1870s by Rev Robert Rashleigh Duke.[8][9]


Birlingham is represented in Worcestershire Cricket League Division League Six by Birlingham Cricket Club.[10]


  1. Mills, A. D.; Room, Adrian (2002). The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford University Press. p. 946. ISBN 0198605617. 
  2. Griffin, Simon; Mann, Andrew; Darch, Erica B.; Pearson, Elizabeth (14 January 2003). "Archaeological 'Strip and Record' and Watching Brief at Birlingham, Worcestershire". Archaeological Service - Worcestershire County Council. pp. 2–8. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  3. "The Swan at Birlingham, near Pershore, gets new owners and a new look" (in en). Evesham Journal. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  4. Bretherton, Jeremy; Pearson, Liz (6 July 2000). "Watching Brief at Gwen Finch Nature Reserve, Birlingham, Worcestershire". Archaeological Service - Worcestershire Council. pp. 1–9. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  5. Worcestershire Council (2001). "2001 Census Worcestershire County Population Report". p. 28. 
  6. "Timetables | Worcestershire | First Bus". Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  7. "Timetables | Worcestershire | First Bus". Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  8. "About us - St James the Great -A Church Near You" (in en). Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  9. Upton, Chris (30 January 2014). "Pretty legacy from beyond the grave". birminghampost. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
  10. "Title glory for Birlingham cricketers" (in en). Evesham Journal. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 

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