Northfield, Worcestershire Family History

Northfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire. Cofton Hackett is a chapelry of Northfield.

Other places in the parish include: Bartley or Bartley Green, Bournbrook, Hay, Shenley, Shendley, and Selly Oak.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1560

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Parishes adjacent to Northfield

  • Kings Norton
  • Frankley
  • Harborne
  • Halesowen
  • Moseley
  • Edgbaston St Bartholomew

Historical Descriptions


Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Northfield – a parish in the hundred of Halfshire, upper division, 7 miles N.E. from Bromsgrove, 6 from Birmingham, and 120 from London; containing 278 inhabited houses. The church is a Gothic building, but on the north side, there is an ancient door-way, now stopped up, which has a round Saxon arch, ornamented with mouldings. The living is a rectory, with Cofton-Hacket chapel annexed; Rev. John T. Fenwick, incumbent; instituted 1805; patron, George Fenwick, Esq. Population, 1801, 1313 – 1811, 1468 – 1821, 1567.

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.

Description of Worcestershire Laird 1814

Northfield parish was anciently the property of the Botetourts; afterwards of the Berkeleys; but now part of the Jervois Clerke estates. Here the antiquarian will be pleased with the ruins of Wooly Castle, an ancient fortress, of which, however, little remains but the south wall. As far as it can be traced, it seems to have been in form of a parallelogram, with an extensive central area, and must have covered about half an acre, but in a very low situation; and even in ancient times would not have been a very strong place of defence, for having no keep, it might be commanded from several points. A very large and deep moat surrounded it, filled with water from a brook which runs on its north side; the whole contents of the castle and moat may, perhaps, be a couple of acres, and its scite is now occupied by a garden.

The surrounding country too is extremely well timbered, and from its diversity of surface, presents many rich and beautiful views. The parish church is well deserving the notice of the tourist. On the north side, there is an ancient doorway, now stopped up, which has around Saxon arch, with the mouldings adorned in a very singular manner, which Bishop Lyttleton, conjectures was part of the ancient Saxon building: and the chancel windows are of a very elegant style of Gothic architecture, apparently of the time of King John. Here the high-road passes through the grounds of an ancient manor-house, which stands on one Side, whilst the offices, particularly a very curious pigeon-house, are on the other. It is inhabited by a farmer, but deserves examinations.

Source: A Topographical and Historical Description of the County of Worcester, by Mr. Laird. Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and George Cowie and Co. successors to Vernor, Hood, and Sharp, 31, Poultry, London. Printed circa 1814.

Bartley or Bartley Green

Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Bartley or Bartley Green, a subdivision of Northfield parish, Worcester; near the Birmingham and Worcester railway, 6 miles SSW of Birmingham. It has a post-office, of the name of Bartley Green, under Birmingham; it forms a curacy with Northfield.

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

Selly Oak

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Selly-Oak, a chapelry in Northfield parish, Worcester; near the Birmingham and Worcester railway, 3 miles SSW of Birmingham. It was constituted in 1860; and it has a post-office under Birmingham. Pop., 1,483. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Worcester. Value, not reported. Patrons, Trustees. The church was built in 1861; and is in the early decorated style, cruciform, with tower and spire. Schools were built in 1860, at a cost of £1,650.

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


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Shendley, a section of Northfield parish, Worcester; 5½ miles SW of Birmingham.

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


Northfield Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820
Bournbrook Bennetts Business Directory 1899


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