Martley, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Martley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Hillhampton.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1625

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Martley

  • Astley
  • Great Witley
  • Knightwick with Doddenham
  • Whitbourne
  • Clifton on Teme
  • Shrawley
  • Little Witley
  • Shelsley Beauchamp
  • Broadwas
  • Wichenford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARTLEY, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Worcestershire. The village stands on a pretty spot, near the river Teme, 2 miles from the boundary with Herefordshire, and 7¼ NW by W of Worcester r. station; is a polling-place; and has a post office under Worcester. The parish contains also the hamlet of Hillhampton, and comprises 5,124 acres. Real property, £7,603. Pop., 1,298. Houses, 271. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Dudley. Horsham House is the seat of N. J. Smith, Esq.; the Noak, of J. Nash, Esq.; and Hill Top, of R. A. Moule, Esq. Hops and fruit are extensively grown. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £1,100. Patron, the Rev. H. J. Hastings. The church is Norman; consists of nave and chancel, with a tower; and was recently repaired. There are two endowed national schools, with £59 and £15 a year, and charities £15. The sub-district excludes Hillhampton hamlet, but includes the parishes of Stockton, Stanford-on-Teme, Shelsley-Walsh, Shelsley-Beauchamp, and Clifton-upon-Teme, and the chapelry of Pensax. Acres, 13,335. Pop., 3,128. Houses, 652. The district comprehends also the sub-district of Great Witley, containing the parishes of Great Witley, Abberley, Areley-Kings, Astley, and Shrawley, the chapelry of Little Witley, and the hamlet of Hillhampton; the sub-district of Holt, containing the Holt proper part of Holt parish, the parishes of Grimley, Hallow, Cotheridge, Broad was, and Wichenford, and the extra-parochial tract of Kenswick; and the sub-district of Leigh, containing the parishes of Leigh, Knightwick, Suckley, and Doddenham. Acres, 53,718. Poor rates in 1863, £7,840. Pop. in 1851, 13,811; in 1861, 15,098. Houses, 3,166. Marriages in 1863, 91; births, 470, of which 39 were illegitimate; deaths, 243, of which 73 were at ages under 5 years, and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 826; births, 4,049; deaths, 2,581. The places of worship, in 1851, were 29 of the Church of England, with 6,399 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 250 s.; 3 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 155 s.; 1 of the Wesleyan Association, with 30 s.; and 3 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, with 280 s. The schools were 19 public day schools, with 1,183 scholars; 8 private day schools, with 178 s.; and 21 Sunday schools, with 1,284 s. The workhouse is at Martley; and, at the census of 1861, had 117 inmates.

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

Martley, a parish in the upper division of the hund. of Doddingtree, union of Martley, county of Worcester; 6½ miles north-west by west of Worcester, and east of the river Teme. The parish indudes the hamlet of Hillhampton. Acres 4,340. Houses 273. A. P. £8,796. Pop., in 1801, 1,192; in 1831, 1,395. Living, a rectory in the archd. and dio. of Worcester; rated at £22 10s.; gross income £999. Patron, in 1835, the Rev. J. Hastings. Here are 3 daily schools, 2 of which are endowed; one with a small estate in the parish producing about £60 per annum, the other with property amounting to nearly £20 per annum. Other charities, in 1830, £14 10s. per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £604 11s. A workhouse has been erected here for the union of Martley, by the poor-law commissioners, capable of accommodating 150 persons. The Martley poor-law union comprehends 28 parishes, embracing 78 square miles; with a population returned, in 1831, at 13,093. The average annual expenditure on the poor of this district, during the three years preceding the formation of the union, was £5,520. Expenditure, in 1838, £3,942 ; in 1839, £4,543 7s. On an average of 7 years, to 1835, hops have annually been cultivated in this parish to the extent of 165¾ acres; average of hops charged 42,341 lbs.; of duty paid, £352 16s. 10d.

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

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Martley – a parish in the hundred of Doddingtree, upper division, 7 miles N.W. from Worcester, and 119 from London; containing 226 inhabited houses. The land in this parish is in a high state of cultivation, and fertile in fruit and hops. The living is a rectory; the Rev. James Hastings, incumbent in his own right; instituted 1795. Population, 1801, 1050 – 1811, 1256 – 1821, 1126.

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.

Universal British Directory 1791

Martley, seven miles west from Worcester, a large populous parish. The church is dedicated to St. Peter, and the rectory the most valuable in the county, especially in a good year of hops, when the profits amount to 1200l. here are several good mansions and farm-houses; and a charity-school. The country, in general hilly, has good prospects, particularly about Berrow-green, &c. On Putford banks the black mountains in Wales are discernable.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


Online Directories

Bentley's Directory of Martley 1840 -

Directory Transcriptions

Martley (with the Hamlet of Hillhampton) Billings Directory 1855

Martley Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Hillhampton Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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