The County of Worcestershire

Last updated on July 12th, 2017

Worcestershire is reckoned among the middle counties of England: and is bounded on the north by Staffordshire, on the north-west by Shropshire, on the west by Herefordshire, on the east and north-east by Warwickshire, and on the south by the county of Gloucester. The shape of this county is extremely irregular, having upon almost every side small portions detached and insulated by the adjoining counties; and the boundaries form numberless indentures, resembling bays, promontories and penisulas. The principal detached districts are those locally situate in the counties of Gloucester, Warwick and Stafford, the latter county surrounding the town of Dudley, Worcestershire. Without taking into account such separated portions, the length of the county, from about Stourbridge, Worcestershire on the north to Bredon, Worcestershire on the south, is thirty miles; and in breadth from east to west, at its widest part, is about twenty-eight miles. From the numerous abrupt angles which present themselves on the borders of this county, some difficulty has arisen in computing its circumference; it may, however, be stated at two hundred and fifty miles including the projecting points, and exclusive of them at about one hundred and twenty-five: the area of the county is stated by Government to comprise 729 square miles, – which, it is presumed, does not take in those parts before referred to as situated in other counties.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Worcestershire Towns & Villages

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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
The Hive
Sawmill Walk
The Butts
Worcester
WR1 3PD UK

Telephone: 01905 822866

Website: Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

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Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service

Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service
Tipton Rd.
Dudley
DY1 4SQ UK

Telephone: 01384 812770
Email: [email protected]
Website: Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service

 

Aston Magna Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History

Aston Magna is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Worcestershire, created in 1847 from Blockley Parish. Formerly a chapelry of Blockley, which until 1931, belonged to Worcestershire.

Nonconformists: Baptist.

Contiguous Parishes

Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Shipston on Stour
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Blockley
  • Poor Law Union: Shipston on Stour
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury

Family History Links

FamilySearch

The following records for Aston Magna are available free from FamilySearch.

Birth, Marriage, & Death

England and Wales Census Records

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

Photo of Village street, Aston Magna by andrew auger, some rights reserved.

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Astley Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History

Astley Church

Astley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Near St Peter’s Church are the remains of a priory built in 1088. The priory was founded by Ralph de Todeni who was given the manor of Eastlie (Astley) for his service at the Battle of Hastings. It was an alien Benedictine House, belonging to a parent monastery in Normandy. The prior’s well remains, but is overgrown. To the East of the priory, well-defined earthworks of a medieval village have been found.[2] St Peter’s church is of possible c12 century origins[5] although its origins may have been based on an existing priory.[6] There are several memorials within the church to the Winford family.[5]

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Astley Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[4]

Contiguous Parishes

Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Martley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Worcester
  • Poor Law Union: Martley
  • Hundred: Doddingtree
  • Province: Canterbury

Family History Links for Astley

FamilySearch

The following records for Astley are available free from FamilySearch.

Birth, Marriage, & Death

England and Wales Census Records

Migration

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Photo of Astley church, near Stourport-on-Severn. by Philip Halling, some rights reserved.

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Areley Kings Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History

St Bartholomew's parish church, Areley Kings

Areley Kings is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Dunley.

Church: St. Bartholomew
The register commences with the year 1539.

History

The manor of Areley Kings was from early times part of the manor of Martley and the rector of Martley still has the right to appoint the rector at Areley Kings. The manor of Areley originated in a fishery at “Ernel” which, with the land belonging to it, was granted by the Empress Matilda to Bordesley Abbey upon its foundation in 1136, and retained until the Dissolution. Continue reading “Areley Kings Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History”

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Alvechurch Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History

St Laurence, Alvechurch

Alvechurch is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Barn Green, Ferrill, Ferrill with Hopwood, Green, Yields of Town Green, Lea End, Town, Town Green, and Hopwood and Lea End.

The village has a number of medieval half-timbered buildings, as well as a plethora of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian buildings.

The church of St Laurence dates back to 1239.[7] It is situated on high ground, and was probably the site of an earlier Mercian church, although nothing remains of the earlier wooden building. Much of the church was rebuilt between 1858 and 1861 by William Butterfield.

Nonconformists in Alvechurch include: Baptist, General Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist. Continue reading “Alvechurch Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History”

Alfrick Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History

Alfrick is a chapelry of Suckley Ancient Parish in Worcestershire

St Mary Magdalene parish church, Alfrick, Worcestershire, seen from the south
St Mary Magdalene parish church, Alfrick, Worcestershire, seen from the south. The copyright on this image is owned by Philip Halling and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Parish registers begin: 1655

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Alfrick Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[4]

The village church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. It has original sandstone window casings, Dutch stained glass and exposed internal roof beams. On the exterior of its tower is a sundial [6] Continue reading “Alfrick Worcestershire Genealogy & Family History”