Church Lench Worcestershire Family History Guide

Church Lench is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Sheriffs Lench and Atch Lench.

Nonconformists in Church Lench include: Baptist and Particular Baptist.

Parish registers begin: 1696

Parishes adjacent to Church Lench

Historical Descriptions

Church Lench

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHURCH-LENCH, a village and a parish in Evesham district, Worcester. The village stands on the verge of the county, 3½ miles NNE of Fladbury r. station, and 5½ NNW of Evesham. The parish includes also the hamlets of Atch-Lench and Sheriffs-Lench; and its post town is Harrington, under Evesham. Acres, 2,523. Real property, £3,405. Pop., 422. Houses, 95. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £400. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is very good.

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

Church Lench Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Lench Church, co. Worcester.

P. T. Evesham (99) 6 m. N b W. Pop. 342.

A parish in the upper division of the hundred of Halfshire; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester; valued in K. B. 9l. 11. 10½d.; patron, the Lord Chancellor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Church Lench Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Church-Lench – a parish in the hundred of Halfshire, upper division, 5 miles N. from Evesham, and 103 from London; containing 39 inhabited houses. It is a rectory; Rev. Thomas Wellings, incumbent; instituted 1786; patron, the King. Population, 1801, 150 – 1811, 176 – 1821, 203.

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.

Atch Lench

Atch Lench The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Atch-Lench, a hamlet in the parish of Church-Lench, Worcestershire; 5 miles north from Evesham. Pop., in 1801, 70; in 1831, 82. Houses 19. A. P. £515.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Atch Lench Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Atch Lench – a hamlet in the parish of Church-Lench, hund. of Blakenhurst, lower division, 5 miles N. from Evesham, and 102 from London. Population, 1801, 70 – 1811, no return – 1821, 63.

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.

Sheriff’s Lench

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Lench, Sheriff's, co. Worcester.

P. T. Evesham (99) 3 m. N b W. Pop. 76.

A hamlet in the parish of Church Lench and lower division of the hundred of Blackenhurst.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Sheriff’s-Lench – a hamlet in the parish of Church-Lench, hundred of Blakenhurst, upper division, 4 miles N.N.W. from Evesham, and 100 from London; containing 13 inhabited houses. Population, 1801, 55 – 1811, no return – 1821, 76.

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.

Parish Records

FamilySearch

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Birth, Marriage, & Death

England and Wales Census Records

United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956

Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954

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

The following records for Atch Lench are available free from FamilySearch.

England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984

England and Wales Census Records

The following records for Sheriffs Lench are available free from FamilySearch.

England and Wales Census Records

Marriages at Church Lench 1702 to 1812

Worcestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B.A.

Vol I. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.

Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Carter, W. F. (William Fowler), b. 1856 joint ed.

Note. – The earliest extant Register is of parchment, and contains entries of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials interspersed in various parts of the book. The first Marriage entry is dated 6th Oct. 1702, and the last in 1750. The first Baptism is dated 24 June 1696, and the first Burial entry is dated 1702. The second register is the ordinary book of printed forms, and commences in 1754. The extracts have been made by the Rev. F. Smith, Rector of Church Lench, and are now printed by his leave and under his supervision, after comparing the proofs with the original Registers.

 

Directories

Online Directories

Bentley's Directory of Church Lench 1840 - Archive.org

Directory Transcriptions

Church Lench (with Atch Lench and Sheriff’s Lench) Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Church Lench is a small village and parish, situate about 5 miles from Evesham, and 9 from Worcester, containing in 1851 a population of 224 inhabitants.

Atch Lench is a small hamlet, about half a mile from the village, containing 77 inhabitants in 1851.

Sheriff’s Lench is another small hamlet, adjoining Atch Lench, comprising only a few farms and cottages, with a population, in 1851, of 92 inhabitants.

The Church is a stone building, with nave, chancel, and south aisle. At the western end is a large square tower, and two bells. The building is in the Gothic style of architecture. The chancel has recently been rebuilt, and is very large. The windows are of stained glass, and the centre of the eastern window represents the Crucifixion. The living is a Rectory, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. Rev. Martin Amphlett, M.A., Rector; Mr. John Weston, Clerk. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a small Baptist Chapel at Atch Lench. Rev. Stephen Dunn, Minister. Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is a Sunday School in the parish, at which about twenty children attend.

DIRECTORY

Amphlett Rev. Martin, M.A., Rector, Rectory
Toveys The Misses, Bank House
Archer Joseph, tailor and beer retailer, Royal Oak
Beasley George, wheelwright and carpenter
Brookes George, wheelwright and carpenter
Bullock John, blacksmith
Corbett Miss E., preparatory day and boarding school
Crosswell William, shopkeeper
Ellison William, shopkeeper
Greening Henry, shoe maker
Moore John, shopkeeper
Tovey John, farmer and maltster
Tovey Thomas, farmer
Tovey William, farmer
Watcham Thomas, Police Officer, Station

Atch Lench

Dunn Rev. Stephen, Baptist Minister, Chapel House
Bomford Joseph, farmer
Bomford Thomas, farmer

Sheriff’s Lench

Smithen Benjamin, farmer, The Manor House
Bomford Joseph, farmer

Source: Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Church Lench Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Church Lench, 5 miles from Evesham, containing 34 houses, and 150 inhabitants. Ash Lench, Atch Lench, and Sheriff Lench, are hamlets to this parish.

DIRECTORY
Callow John, farmer
Callow Thomas, farmer
Clements Mary, farmer
Farr Benjamin, farmer
Franklin John, farmer
Goore Morris, farmer
Goore John, farmer
Hoe Benjamin, farmer
Layt David, farmer
Perks Henry, farmer
Tovey John, farmer
Tovey Joseph, farmer
Tovey Joseph, jun., farmer
Weston Thomas, farmer

Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Atch Lench Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

DIRECTORY.

Bomford Joseph, farmer
Bomford Thomas, farmer
Bomford Benj., farmer
Bomford H., farmer
Brown Thomas, farmer

Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Sheriffs Lench Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Callow Thomas, farmer
Edwin John, farmer
Quiney Henry, gent.
Sergeant Wm. farmer

Source: S Lewis Worcestershire General and Commercial Directory for 1820.

Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Evesham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Pershore
  • Poor Law Union: Evesham
  • Hundred: Blackenhurst; Halfshire
  • Province: Canterbury