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Birtsmorton Church
Grid reference: SO799355
Location: 52°1’3"N, 2°17’28"W
Population: 250
Post town: Malvern
Postcode: WR13
Dialling code: 01684
Local Government
Council: Malvern Hills
West Worcestershire

Birtsmorton or Birts Morton is a village and parish in the Pershore Hundred of Worcestershire, which at the 2001 census had a population of 250. It is in the south-west of the county, not far from the borders with Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and dates from the 14th century.[1] There is a large manor house, Birtsmorton Court, which is used today as a wedding venue.[2] It was the home for many centuries of the Nanfan family, some of whose tombs are in the church.

In 1703, the Rev. Samuel Juice, a former rector, endowed a village school in Rye Street. [3]

Birtsmorton was the birthplace of the chairmaker Philip Clissett who lived in the parish from his birth in 1817 until about 1842.[4]


The village belonged to the Le Bret family from the 12th century onwards. Bret means Breton. The same family name is associated with Westonbirt House near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.[5]


  1. "St Peter & St Paul, Birtsmorton - a church near you". Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  2. Birtsmorton Court
  3. British History Online "Birtsmorton". Online reference
  4. Rowell, T.A.. "Philip Clissett, Chairmaker 1817-1913". Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. Ekwall, Eilert (1951). Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. 3rd ed., reprinted with corrections. Oxford University Press. pp. 316, 485. 
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