Ipsley, Warwickshire & Worcestershire Family History Guide

Ipsley is an Ancient Parish mostly in Warwickshire and partly in Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Redditch town, Crabbs Cross or Crabs Cross

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1615
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1612

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ipsley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

IPSLEY, a parish in Alcester district, Warwick; on the river Arrow and the Redditch railway, contiguous to Worcestershire, 1¾ mile SE by E of Redditch railway station. It contains Headless Cross village, and part of Redditch town, each of which has a post office under Bromsgrove; and contains also part of Crabs-Cross village. Acres, 2,514. Real property, £5,601. Pop. in 1851, 1,099; in 1861, 1,127. Houses, 234. The property is chiefly divided between two. The manufacture of needles and fish hooks is carried on at Ipsley Mills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £588. Patron, the Rev. Dolben. The church is very ancient; has an embattled tower; and contains some very old monuments of the Huband family. The rectory of Headless Cross is a separate benefice. A Roman Catholic chapel was recently erected on the border of the parish, at a cost of £6,000. W. S. Landor, Esq., the author of “Imaginary Conversations,” was a resident.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

English: St Peters Church, Ipsley, Redditch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ipsley (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Alcester, Alcester division of the hundred of Barlichway, S. division of the county of Warwick, 6 1/4 miles (N. by W.) from Alcester; containing 1029 inhabitants, a few of whom are employed in making needles. The parish is situated in the western part of the county, and nearly surrounded by that of Worcester, and consists of 2479 acres; it is intersected by the river Arrow, and also by the road from Birmingham to Alcester. The living is a rectory, valued in the King’s books at £11. 10. 7 1/2.; patron and incumbent, Rev. T. Dolben Dolben: the tithes have been commuted for £685, and the glebe comprises 45 acres. A Roman Catholic chapel, a handsome and stately edifice, has been built on the border of the parish, at an expense of about £6000.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830

Ipsley – A parish in Barlichway Hundred, 6 miles N. from Alcester and 109 from London. In 1803, its parochial rates were £493 6s. 4d. at 3s. 6d. in the pound. In 1811, its population was 480. In 1821, it contained 138 houses and 745 inhabitants. In 1826, it was valued at £4476, and its proportion to the county rate at £18 10s. It is a rectory value £11 10s. 7d. A family of the name of Huband once possessed this manor, and some of them were interred in the church

Source: The History Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830. Wm. West. Printed and Published by R. Wrightson, Athenaeum, New-Street; and sold by Baldwin and Craddock, and Hurst, Chance and Co., London. 1830.

Parish Records

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Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Ipsley, 1612-1865

Parish register transcripts, 1612-1764

Parish registers for Ipsley, 1615-1976

Church records, 1834-1899 – Catholic Church. Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Church Records – Indexes

Parish register printouts of Ipsley, Warwick, England ; christenings, 1612-1700


Census returns for Ipsley, 1841-1891

Poll Books

Ipsley, Warwickshire Poll Book 1868


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Allbutt William, Redditch, Worcester, draper, Nov. 17, 1840.

Allcock Polycarp, Redditch, Worcester, needle manufacturer, March 4, 1831.

Ashwin Charles, Redditch, Worcestershire, linendraper, July 4, 1837.

Ashwin William, Redditch, Worcestershire, grocer and draper, Dec. 18, 1827.

Bartleet Henry, Redditch, Worcestershire, builder, April 4, 1837.

Bartleet William, Redditch, Worcestershire, needle manufact., Oct. 10, 1837.

Boulton John, Redditch, Worcestershire, dealer and chapman, Dec. 10, 1833.


  • County: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Alcester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Warwick
  • Poor Law Union: Alcester
  • Hundred: Warwickshire: Barlinchway; Worcestershire: Halfshire
  • Province: Canterbury