Inkberrow

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Inkberrow
Inkberrow - The Old Bull - geograph.org.uk - 2696.jpg
The Old Bull
Inkberrow is located in Worcestershire
Inkberrow
Inkberrow
 Inkberrow shown within Worcestershire
OS grid reference SP014572
District Redditch and Wychavon
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORCESTER
Postcode district WR7
Dialling code 01386
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Redditch
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Coordinates: 52°12′47″N 1°58′52″W / 52.213°N 1.981°W / 52.213; -1.981

Inkberrow is a village in Worcestershire, England, often thought to be the model for Ambridge, the setting of BBC Radio 4's long-running series The Archers.[1] In particular, The Bull, the fictional Ambridge pub, is supposed to be based on the Old Bull in Inkberrow.

The village's parish church is dedicated to St. Peter and contains the Savage family chapel.[2]

In 2006, Inkberrow was awarded the title of Worcestershire Village of the Year and won the Building Community Life section of the competition.[3]

Inkberrow was marked as a new town in the 1960s, but this plan was not carried out. More houses were added to the village in 2013 because of a rising need for accommodation.

History[edit]

The earliest recorded version of the village is Intanbeorgan, from the 8th and 9th century.

By the 15th century, the spelling may have become Ingtebarwe, since nearby villages also mentioned include Church Lench, Abbots Morton & Arrow [4]

By the 16th century, it was known as Inkebarrow.[5]

The area was within Feckenham Forest, a royal forest with harsh forest law punishments.

Cookhill Priory stood three miles east, at the edge of the county.

Sports[edit]

The village has junior and adult football clubs with large memberships when compared to those of higher populated towns and villages. Inkberrow FC play in the Midland Football Combination, and have two 11 a-side pitches and a mini soccer pitch.

There is also a tennis club in Inkberrow, with a clubhouse near the village hall.

Music[edit]

Former Inkberrow residents, brothers Justin Jones (guitar) and Simon Huw Jones (vocals) formed the post-punk band And Also the Trees in 1979. Their music was and remains heavily inspired by their rural upbringing, producing a pastoral take on the sound then dominated by bands from urban areas. They continue to produce music today, and have garnered critical acclaim and a cult following around the world.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Hastings, Beth Jones, Daily Telegraph. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2009
  2. ^ http://www.cofe-inkberrow.org.uk/st_peter.shtml
  3. ^ Inkberrow website retrieved 16 July 2009
  4. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/629; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/H5/CP40no629/aCP40no629fronts/IMG_0812.htm; third entry, line 4 'apud Ingtebarwe'; year 1418, the place where the trespass occurred; date accessed 6th November 2013
  5. ^ 'Parishes: Inkberrow', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 418-430. Date accessed: 14 February 2011

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