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The Old Bull
Inkberrow is located in Worcestershire
 Inkberrow shown within Worcestershire
OS grid reference SP014572
District Redditch & Wychavon
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WR7
Dialling code 01386
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Redditch
List of places

Coordinates: 52°12′49″N 1°58′50″W / 52.21364°N 1.980511°W / 52.21364; -1.980511

Inkberrow is a village in the district of Wychavon, Worcestershire, that is often thought[1] to be the model for Ambridge, the setting of the BBC Radio 4 long-running radio serialisation or soap opera The Archers. In particular 'The Bull', the fictional Ambridge pub, is supposed to be based on a very real pub, the Old Bull, in Inkberrow. It is at this historic public house or wayside inn, a black and white half-timbered building, that William Shakespeare is reputed to have stayed while on his way to Worcester to collect his marriage certificate. Also in the village, there is a post office, a small shop called the Forge Shop and a restaurant–bar called the Bull's Head.

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 2006 and winner of 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 are to be added to the village in 2013 because of the rising need for more 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.


Inkberrow has excellent childcare facilities, including a very popular nursery, out-of-school club and pre-school.


The village has junior and adult football clubs with large memberships when compared to those of higher populated towns and villages. The football club is called Inkberrow FC. Inkberrow FC play in the Midland Football Combination, with the ambition of playing to an even higher standard. recently Inkberrow have built new pitches, consisting of two 11 a-side pitches and a mini soccer pitch.

There is also a tennis club in Inkberrow. There is a clubhouse near the village hall (also a much used facility).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chris Hastings, Beth Jones, Daily Telegraph. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2009
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  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 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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