The Bednalls-Bednells of Warwickshire
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Last updated 10/01/2010



The Bednalls/ Bednells of Warwickshire

It's important to note that, to date -2009, we have carried out very little research into the Bednalls/Bednells etc, of Warwickshire and the information we do have has come chiefly from the International Genealogical Index (IGI), the census returns for England and Wales and from searching the National Archives.  A systematic search of the county's archives should reveal much more information and may reveal clues to the original source(s) of these families. We would welcome any relevant information that you might be able to provide and that would extend our understanding and knowledge of the ancestors of Warwickshire Badnall/Bednall families.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire

Earliest References 

Bearing the above in mind, the earliest references to Badnalls / Bednalls etc, we have so far found in Warwickshire occur in the late 1360s and relate to a Thomas de Bodenhal who held land in or near Coleshill "High Street". Boden or Budenhal , who is sometimes described as a knight but more usually as "clerk", was a junior member of the  De Sandbach family of Cheshire, who was the executor of the Black Prince's business manager -Sir John De Delves. [1][2][3]

So far as is known, he left no descendants and the next reference to a Badnall, Bednall etc., occurs almost 20 years later when Gregory Taillour and Henry, both described as a servants William Lutterworthe, appeared before a court in Coventry charged with having pursued John de Bedenhale of Lichfield with the intention of killing him. [4].  John de Bedenhale was a descendent of Nicholas de Bedenhale, Verderer  of Cannock in 1270 and a kinsman of the Barons of Stafford. He didn't settle in Warwickshire but lived much of his life in the Lichfield area of Staffordshire before marrying a Dorset heiress and moving there as a tax collector and Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne Quarleston.[5].  He may however, have had relatives living in or near Coventry for a William Bodunhale of Coventry is recorded in 1402 and some 5 years later Thomas Bedenhale and Agnes his wife appear as defendants in a Plea of Covenant (a way of obtaining legal recognition of a property transaction) regarding property in Ansteyley (modern Ansley) a Warwickshire village 5m west of Nuneaton [6][7][8]). 

The few, subsequent references prior to the 18th century so far found all concern  Thomas Badnall who was  inducted Vicar of Lyllington 1554 and Clerk Vicar of Offchurch, Warwickshire in 1562. Thomas, who  was the son of John Badnall of Walford, Standon, Staffordshire, died without (so far as is known)  issue.  Thus the foregoing references suggest that families of  Bodunhale/Bedenhale  origins may have lived in Warwickshire in the period from the end of the14th century to the the beginning of the 19th but more research is needed to provide evidence of this.[9]

19th Century Incomers

The first clear evidence for Bednall families living in Warwickshire occurs in 1822 when John and Susanna, two of the children of James & Sarah Bednall was baptised in St. Martins Church, Birmingham. During the following 15 years four other families were established in Warwickshire, John & Amelia Bednall (1825) and  Benjamin & Charlotte (1830) in Birmingham and Henry & Fanny Bednell (1834) and William & Charlotte Bednell (1835) in Coventry. [10]

The origins of all these families lay outside Warwickshire. Benjamin, James and John Bednall were brothers, the sons of James Bednall and  his wife Sarah, nee Mason, of Walsall, Staffordshire.  Henry & William Bednell were also brothers, sons of Joseph Bednall and his wife Martha, nee Tomlinson, of Stapleford, Nottinghamshire [11].  Within a few years of the end of the 19th century a young Derbyshire family, that of Samuel & Alice Bednall of Derby, moved to Birmingham to add to the Warwickshire stock of Bednalls. Samuel was a 3rd cousin of Henry and William Bednall with whom he shared a common Uttoxeter ancestor.[12]

The family files/charts provided in this section provide only bare outlines of the histories of these families from their first establishment in Warwickshire until approximately 1911 but few additional details of their lives except, in a few cases, such as that of Alfred Bednell, a Coventry cycle manufacturer who became involved in an international spying incident at the turn of the 20th century. 

The ancestral lines of those families who settled in Warwickshire in the 19th century may be traced through the family files for the Bednalls of Nottinghamshire, The Bednalls of Derbyshire, the Bednalls of Uttoxeter and the Bednalls of Walsall. As regards the latter, it has not yet been possible to trace the ancestral line back beyond the appearance of a Benjamin Bednall in Walsall in 1725.  

Much more research is needed on these families (see below for some Warwickshire archives) and relevant additional information, photographs, comments or  corrections would be welcomed 

Birmingham Archives

Walsall Records

Coventry History Centre

Warwicks. Record Office

ŠA.W.Bednall, Macclesfield 1991-2010