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Research - Cleeve Prior
Also known as Priors Cleeve
In the 17th century a Thomas Bushell, born in Cleeve Prior in 1594, became the lessee of the royal mines in Cardigan, Wales. He founded a mint in Aberystwyth Castle, where silver coins were minted between 1639-1642.
O.S. Ref: SP088493
On the Warwickshire border of the county, 5 miles N.E. of Evesham
Oden [Hoden], the name of two farms is 1 mile S.E. 
Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives
|Originals||Banns||1823 - 1962|||
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
|Parish Registers||Births / Christenings||1598-1875|
At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office 
Christenings 1598-1793 Marriages 1599-1837 Burials 1598-1640, 1661-1812
At Society of Genealogists  :
CLEEVE PRIOR : Marriages 1599-1640, 1662-78, 1695-1837: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1910 Author Phillimore, W P W ed.
CLEEVE PRIOR : Marriages(Index) 1651-75: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage and burial records, transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K., are available at: http://www.freereg.org.uk/cgi/Search.pl
FreeREG is a new project. The database currently contains a few million records only, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database.
The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Marriages: 1599-1837
Further records may have been added since this posting
Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents
A BMSGH Shopt
At BMSGH Reference Library 
At Worcestershire Archives 
At Society of Genealogists 
CLEEVE PRIOR (St. Andrew) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1983 Author Newman, Oliver (transcriptions)
For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Andrew's Church see:
For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Cleeve Prior War Memorial Hall for WW1 see:
For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Cleeve Prior War Memorial Hall for WW2 see:
All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.
Access to the library edition of Ancestry.co.uk is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.
A free-to-view site is being developed at freecen.org.uk for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.
Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.
Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:
Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent
The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Cleeve Prior C E (Controlled) School
Log book - 1904-59 - Ref: BA 9284/1(ii)
The records of schools and other educational establishments in this parish are detailed in a handlist available at Worcestershire Archives. The list refers to original documents so you will need to note the reference number and contact staff.
An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:
CLEEVE (PRIOR'S), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, locally in the upper division of that of Blackenhurst, county of WORCESTER, 5½ miles (N. E.) from Evesham, containing 343 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. The village is situated on an eminence, but the grounds immediately round it are flat, and the meadows on the banks of the Avon, which receives the Arrow, and enters Worcestershire from this parish, are sometimes subject to floods. The parish contains blue limestone; and there are quarries of valuable paving stone, and a species of marble which bears a polish like the Derbyshire marble; in working one of which, in 1812, two earthen jars of Roman coins, one containing gold and the other silver, principally of the reigns of Gratian, Valentinian, and Theodosius, and in good preservation, were found at the depth of three feet from the surface.