Clent, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Clent is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Upper Clent and Lower Clent, Holy Cross.

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin: 1561

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Clent

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CLENT, two hamlets and a parish in Bromsgrove district, Worcester. The hamlets are Lower and Upper Clent; they jointly comprise all the parish; and the former lies on the verge of the county, near the West Midland railway, 3½ miles SSW of Stourbridge, and has a post office under Stourbridge. Acres of the parish, 2,365. Real property, £6,934. Pop., 966. Houses, 227. The property is divided among a few. Clent Hall is the seat of the Amphletts; and Hagley Park is the seat of Lord Lyttleton. The Clent Hills have broad slopes and pleasant hollows; and form a fine foil to the Black Country of Warwick. Kenelm, king of Mercia, was murdered here, at Cowdale, in 819, by his sister Quendrida. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £417. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is old but good; and there are Baptist and Methodist chapels, and charities £132.

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

Clent, a parish formerly in the south division of the hund. of Seisdon, union of Bromsgrove, county of Stafford, but included in Worcestershire, to which county it is now annexed; 3½ miles south-south-east of Stourbridge. Living, a vicarage with the perpetual curacy of Rowley Regis, in the archd. and dio. of Worcester; rated at £8 16s. 5½d.; gross income £446. Patron, the Lord-chancellor. There are places of worship here for the Baptists and the Wesleyan Methodists. The Baptist church was formed in 1802. This parish possesses 2 daily and 3 infant schools, besides 2 charity-schools, one of which is a Sunday school with an endowment, in 1820, of £21 19s. 6d. per annum; and the other a day school with an endowment of £8. The church lands in this parish yielded, in 1820, an annual rent of £67 3s.; Maris and Cole's charity to the poor, an income of £35; and minor charities £8 7s. Acres 2,520. Houses 188. A. P. £4,337. Pop., in 1801, 738; in 1831, 922. Poor rates, in 1838, £336 10s.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CLENT (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Bromsgrove, Lower division of the hundred of Halfshire, Stourbridge and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Stourbridge; containing 918 inhabitants. It contains the two manors of Upper or Church Clent, and Nether Clent; is composed principally of a group of lofty hills; and comprises 2365a. 2r. 33p., of which about 1414 acres are arable, 565 pasture, 57 woodland, and 255 common. The living is a vicarage, with that of Rowley Regis annexed, valued in the king's books at £8. 16. 5½., and in the patronage of the Crown; impropriator, J. Amphlett, Esq. The great tithes have been commuted for £340, and the vicarial for £315. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. A free school was founded by John Amphlett, Esq., in 1704; and a Sunday school by Thomas Waldron, Esq., who, at his death in 1800, bequeathed £500 for its support. The infant king of Mercia, St. Kenelm, is supposed by some to have been murdered here, in 819, by order of his sister Quendrida; others think that he was slain accidentally.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Holy Cross

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Holy-Cross, a small village in the parish of Clent, county of Stafford; 3½ miles south by east of Stourbridge, on the Broomsgrove road. Large fairs are held here, on the second Wednesdays in April and September, for cheese, linen-cloth, and cattle. Returns with the parish.

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



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