Bidford, Warwickshire

Historical Description

Bidford, a village and a parish in Warwickshire. The village stands on the river Avon, 4 miles SSE of Alcester, and 7 WSW of Stratford-on-Avon. It has a station on the East and West Junction and Stratford-on-Avon, Towcester, and Midland Junction railway, which is connected at Broom Junction (also within the parish) with the M.R., and a post and money order office under Stratford-on-Avon; telegraph office, Broom Junction railway station. It was once a market-town, and it consists chiefly of one long street. There is a bridge of eight arches over the Avon. One of the houses in it is the old Falcon Inn (now partly occupied by the Bidford Institute), traditionally said to have been a haunt of Shakspeare for drinking ale and playing at shovel-board. An absurd story is current that the poet and some of his companions engaged here in a drinking contest with a party of the natives; that he and his companions lay down after it under a crab-tree in the neighbourhood, and slept there from Saturday evening till Monday morning, and that, on being urged on awakening to go back and renew the contest, he exclaimed, " No, I have had enough; I have drinked with "' Piping Pebworth, dancing Marston, Haunted Hlllbro', hungry Grafton, Dudging Exhall, paplsh Wicksford, Beggarly Broom, and drunken Bidford.' "

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Warwickshire
Ecclesiastical parish Bidford St. Lawrence
Hundred Barlichway
Poor Law union Alcester

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Visitations Heraldic

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