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The Old Bull
Inkberrow is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSP014572
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWR7
Dialling code01386
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°12′47″N 1°58′52″W / 52.213°N 1.981°W / 52.213; -1.981Coordinates: 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.


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.


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.


Former Inkberrow residents, brothers Justin Jones (guitar) and Simon Huw Jones (vocals) formed the post-punk band And Also the Trees in 1979 along with other future members Nick Havas, Graham Havas and Steven Burrows. 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.

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  1. ^ Chris Hastings, Beth Jones, Daily Telegraph. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2009
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-02-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Inkberrow website retrieved 16 July 2009
  4. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/629;; third entry, line 4 'apud Ingtebarwe'; year 1418, the place where the trespass occurred; date accessed 6 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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