Dating in worcestershire
There are 43 listed buildings in the village, including St Giles's Church and Bredon Barn (both Grade I), and the Old Rectory (Grade II*); the remainder are Grade II.
A further 41 buildings were formerly listed prior to the abolition of the Grade III category in 1970.
From the Norman Conquest (1066) to the end of the Late Medieval Period (1500), the parish was governed under the feudal system.
The manor was held by the Bishop of Worcester, who maintained a summer residence, park and fisheries on the site of the first monastery, and the medieval village developed around these church buildings.
A substantial part of the nave, the north porch and the western tower arch date from the 12th century, with significant additions in the 13th and 14th centuries – the most visible being a tall, octagonal spire, dating from 1300–1350, made famous by the poet, John Masefield.
It lies on the banks of the River Avon on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill, at "the beginning of the Cotswolds".The 1970s and 1980s saw a very rapid growth in the residential population of the village, with the addition of approximately 600 new homes located on former orchards, allotments and farmland.Much of this growth was poorly planned, resulting in a dormitory settlement, reliant on nearby towns for employment and services.The earliest surviving building in the village, the parish church of St Giles, is one of England's most admired churches.It is built largely in the Norman, Early English and Decorated styles.
The church contains many interesting monuments, including several to members of the interrelated Reed, Copley and Parsons families.