Bockleton is an Ancient Parish mostly in Worcestershire and partly in Herefordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Hampton Charles.

Parish church: St Michael

Parish registers begin: 1574

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Bockleton

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOCKLETON, a parish in the districts of Tenbury and Bromyard, and counties of Worcester and Hereford; and a subdistrict in the district of Tenbury. The parish lies 5 miles S of Tenbury r. station, and 6 E by N of Leominster; and it includes the hamlet of Hampton-Charles, and has a post office under Tenbury. Acres, 3,229. Real property, £2,588. Pop., 346. Houses, 74. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £127. Patron, the Rev. J. J. Miller. The church is good. The subdistrict contains five parishes and parts of two others. Acres, 17,777. Pop., 3,046. Houses, 648.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Bockleton, a parish in the union of Tenbury, partly in the hund, of Broxash, county of Hereford, and partly in the hund. of Doddingtree, county of Worcester; 5 miles south of Tenbury. It includes the hamlet of Hampton-Charles. Living, a perpetual curacy, formerly in the archd. of Salop and dio. of Hereford, now in the dio. of Worcester; valued at £13 4s., and rated in the parliamentary returns at £100; gross income £133. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. J. K. Miller. There is a daily National school in this parish. Pop., in 1801, 223; in 1831, 385. Houses 71. Acres 3,300, of which about 100 are in hops. A. P. £2,364. Poor rates, in 1837, £239.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bockleton, 5 m. S. Tenbury. P. 358

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

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Bockleton – a parish in the hundred of Doddingtree, upper division, 6 miles S. from Tenbury, and 140 from London; on the borders of Herefordshire; containing 52 inhabited houses. It is a perpetual curacy, in the diocese of Hereford and archdeaconry of Salop; Rev. Peter Miller, incumbent; patron Thos. Etton, Esq. Population, 1801, 223 – 1811, 262 – 1821, 294.

Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Hampton Charles

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Hampton Charles, a hamlet in Bockleton parish, Hereford; 5 ½ miles NW of Bromyard. Acres, 492. Real property, £540. Pop., 87. Houses, 20.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Hampton (Charles), a hamlet in the parish of Bockleton, county of Hereford. On an average of 7 years, ending in 1835, hops were cultivated to the extent of 18½ acres in this hamlet. Acres 510. Houses 19. A.P. £443. Pop., in 1801, 75; in 1831, 91.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Hampton-Charles, 2 m. Bockleton. P. 84

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Bockleton, 1638-1871

Parish registers for Bockleton, 1574-1963

Church Records – Indexes

Computer printout of Bockleton, Worcs., Eng

Parish register printouts of Bockleton, Worcester, England ; christenings, 1762-1877


Census returns for Bockleton, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for the hamlet of Hampton-Charles, 1777-1831


Bockleton (with Hampton Charles) Billings Directory 1855

Bockleton Parish is situated about 4 ½ miles S.W. from Tenbury, on the borders of the county, and contained in 1851 a population of 277; Hampton Charles, 106; total 383 inhabitants.

Hampton Charles, a small Hamlet, is situate in the county of Hereford, adjoining the parish of Bockleton, and consists chiefly of farm houses.

The Church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure, containing nave, chancel, and north aisle, with western square embattled tower. The north aisle has two semicircular arches, plain head-work, on octagonal columns in the Norman style, and contains a very ancient monument to the family of the Barnabys, on a richly-carved tomb, bearing the recumbent figures of Richard Barnaby and his lady, the former clad in armour, with a lion at the feet; over which, in the north wall of the chancel, is a specimen of richly decorated work, representing the younger branches of the family, in the centre of which is a square tablet with a Latin inscription. There are also several ancient marble monuments. The font is of neatly carved stone, on a fluted column. The living is a Perpetual Curacy, in the patronage of the Rev. T. E. Miller. Rev. John Miller, M.A., Curate; Mr. Samuel Lines, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Bockleton School was erected in the year 1814, by the Rev. Thomas Elton Miller, M.A., for the education of the children of the parishes of Bockleton, Laysters, Hampton Charles, Thornbury, Kyre Magna, and Kyre Parva; to which has been added a substantial house for the residence of the master. The school is principally supported by the Rev. T. E. Miller; the labourer’s children of the parishes of Bockleton, Hampton Charles, and the Laysters, are admitted free. The schoolmaster has the privilege of receiving a limited number of boys as boarders, in addition to the other children. Mr. William Preece, Master. Average number of scholars, 80.

Charities – Mr. Henry Morris, of Quinton, left by will, dated February 11, 1821, five pounds annually to the poor of Bockleton, to be distributed at Christmas, by the Incumbent, for ever. The sum of £166 13s 4d was invested in the Three per Cent. Consols for the above purpose, in the names of the Incumbent and Churchwardens, for ever.


Miller Rev. Thomas Elton, M.A., Parsonage

Miller Rev. John, M.A., Curate, Parsonage

Baldwin William, miller and farmer, Birchley Mill

Clews Daniel, farmer, New Town

Downes William, tailor, Romer Common

Griffiths Henry George, farmer, The Hill, and New House

Hall William, blacksmith and Constable

Holloway Josh., farmer, Bockleton House

Lines Samuel, Parish Clerk

Nutt George, farmer, Middle Quinton

Phillips John, farmer and Churchwarden, Grafton

Pound Philip, sen., farmer, Birchley

Pound Philip, jun., farmer, Weston

Preece William, schoolmaster and land surveyor

Preece Mansell, carpenter

Price William, farmer, Sallens

Redford John, farmer, Grafton

Smith Ann, farmer, Plotmans

Tyler Thomas, mason

Vale William, farmer, Lower Quinton

Hampton Charles

Dolphin James, farmer, Little Birches

Green Richard, farmer, Manor House

Gregory John, shoe maker

Hall Isaac, farmer, Pound

Harris William, shopkeeper

Howard Joseph, farmer, Lockleys

Jones Wm., shopkeeper and cider retailer

Kinsey Francis, beer retailer and farmer, Heath Cottage

Moss Edward, farmer, Bull’s House

Mound John, mason and farmer

Parlour Thomas, farmer, The Birches

Price Richard, blacksmith and farmer

Price George, wheelwright and carpenter

Post Office, Bockleton – Mr. William Preece, Sub-postmaster. Arrival, 12 p.m.; despatch, 2 p.m.

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855


  • County: Herefordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Bromyard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Burford
  • Poor Law Union: Tenbury
  • Hundred: Broxash
  • Province: Canterbury

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