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Ebrington, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Ebrington, or Ebberton, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, adjacent to Warwickshire, 2 miles E of Chipping-Campden. The parish contains the hamlets of Hidcote-Boyce and Charingworth, and gives the title of Viscount to Earl Fortescue. Post town, Chipping-Campden. Acreage, 2974; population, 538. The manor was purchased in the reign of Henry VI. by Sir John Fortescue, the chancellor, but was confiscated by Edward IV.; it was restored to the Fortescues in 1471, and has ever since remained in that family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, o£100 with residence. Patron, Earl Harrowby. The church is partly Norman, having a fine specimen of Norman in the south door, and contains a tomb to Sir John Fortescue and memorials to the Keyt family. It was restored in 1876.

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


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

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishEbrington St. Edburgh 
Poor Law unionShipston-upon-Stour 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Ebrington 1653-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1568.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

St. Eadburgha (parish church)

The church of St. Eadburgha is a building of stone chiefly in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells: the south doorway of the church is a fine example of Norman work: on the north side of the chancel within the communion rails is an altar-tomb with recumbent effigy in robes to Sir John Fortescue, "a great luminary of the law," appointed Chief Justice of the King's Bench 25th January, 1442: he was a zealous supporter of the house of Lancaster, and as one of those engaged in the battle of Towton, 29th March, 1461, suffered attainder and the confiscation of his estates; and about 1463 was for some time an exile in France with Margaret of Anjou; after the battle of Tewkesbury, 4th May, 1471, his attainder was reversed and he was allowed to retire to his manor at Ebrington, where he died subsequent to 1476, at the age of 90: in the south aisle is an ancient altar-tomb to the Keyt family, the date being obliterated; other memorials to this family include one with two marble busts to Sir Jonathan Keyt, created a baronet 22nd December, 1660, for his services during the great rebellion; he died 26th August, 1662: the pulpit of carved oak bears the date 1679: the church was thoroughly restored in 1875-6, at a cost of £2,839: there are 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ebrington from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Ebrington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL55
Post TownChipping Campden