Cross roads Ombersley village nr Droitwich Worcestershire

Ombersley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

The parish contains also the hamlets of Acton, Borley, Chatley, Cumhampton, Dunhampton, Hadlay, Holt Fleet, Lineholt, Old field-Powers, Suddington, Sytchampton, Winnall and Uphampton.

Church: St. Andrew

Records begin: 1574

Nonconformists in Ombersley include: Independent/Congregational and Primitive Methodist.

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OMBERSLEY, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Droitwich district, Worcester. The village stands 1¼ mile E of the river Severn, and 3¾ W of Droitwich r. station; is a pretty place; was once a market town; and has a post-office under Droitwich. The parish contains also the hamlets of Borley, Chatley, Cumhampton, Dunhampton, Hadlay, Holt Fleet, Lineholt, Old field-Powers, Suddington, Sytchampton, and Uphampton. Acres, 6,962. Real property, £17,085. Pop. in 1851, 2,364; in 1861, 2,463. Houses, 520. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Evesham abbey; passed to the Mores and to Archbishop Sandys; and, with Ombersley Court and much of the land, belongs now to Lord Sandys. O. Court was built about 1740; is a pleasant mansion, in a beautiful wooded park; contains some interesting portraits and other paintings; and was visited, in 1807, by the Prince Regent and the Duke of Sussex. Fruit and potatoes are extensively grown. The parish is a meet for the Worcestershire hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £400. Patron, Lord Sandys. The church was built in 1829, at a cost of £1,600; is in the decorated English style; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and lofty spire; and contains about 900 sittings. The chancel of the old church stillstands, and is used as the Sandys burial-place. The churchyard contains an ancient cross. There are endowed schools with £112 a year, and charities £82. The sub-district contains also four other parishes, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 18, 867. Pop., 5, 181. Houses, 1,093.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Ombersley, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, county of Worcester, 4¼ miles (W.) from Droitwich, containing, with the townships of Borley, Hadley with Hay-Elms, Mayeux with Chatley, Northampton-Parsonage with Powers, Ombersley, Sychampton with Brookhampton and Comhampton, Uphampton, Winnall with Acton and Dunhampton, 1814 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king’s books at £ 15. 7. 3½., and in the patronage of the Marchioness of Downshire. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, has lately been rebuilt, in the later style of English architecture, and is now one of the most elegant in the county: in the churchyard are the remains of an ancient cross, supported on steps. The river Severn passes through the parish. Here was formerly a market, granted by Edward III., but it has been long disused. A charity school was founded, in 1701, by Thomas Tolley, to which Thomas Baker, in 1722, bequeathed £100, and Richard Lloyd, in 1723, liberally endowed it with land and houses.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Ombersley – a parish of large extent in the hundred of Oswaldslow, lower division, 5½ miles N. from Worcester, and 117 from London; containing 355 inhabited houses. This village was formerly in possession of the monastery at Evesham, and was afterwards granted by King James the First to Francis and Richard More, from whom it came by purchase to the family of the present Marchioness of Downshire. It formerly had a market, but that has now discontinued. Here is a good free school for all the poor children in the parish. The church is very ancient, and the steeple being considered in a dangerous state, has lately been taken down. It is a vicarage; Rev. Thomas Sockett, incumbent; instituted 1791; patroness, Marchioness of Downshire. Population, 1801, 1696 – 1811, 1836 – 1821, 1814.

Ombersley-Court, in the above parish, the seat of the Marchioness Dowager of Downshire, Baroness Sandys. It is a handsome modern building, consisting of a centre and two wings, at an agreeable distance from the road. It was built by Samuel, the first Lord Sandys, eldest son of Edwin Sandys, who was appointed to the bishopric of Worcester in 1559, and afterwards translated to the see of London.

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

Ombersley, five miles from Worcester, on the Shrewsbury road, is the seat of the Right Hon. Lord Sandys, a stately mansion, surrounded with large trees. [In] this court are several fine paintings. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, has a handsome spire. The village itself may be reckoned a neat healthy one. Here is a charity-school. It is a large parish, containing seventeen hamlets, and is twelve miles in circuit. It had a market granted by Edward III and a fair.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


Acton Worcestershire Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Acton, a township in the parish of Ombersley, lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow, county of Worcester. The population is returned with the parish.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831



Ombersley Bennett’s Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914

Lascelles & Co.’s Directory and Gazetteer of the City of Worcester & Neighbourhood 1851

Ombersley Bennetts Business Directory 1899

BALLINGER J, baker, confectioner & dealer in corn, flour and pig meal, etc
BROTHERIDGE F G, grocer and provision dlr, Post Office. British wines, Nelson’s jellies, etc.
Brown C, butcher
Cragg G E, carpenter & builder, Uphampton
CROSS INN, first house from Droitwich – G Bracken, proprietor. Worcester ‘bus terminus. Celebrated for bottled perry and Malvern bitter ales
Cross Keys – E Brighton
CROWN & SANDYS ARMS Hotel – proprietor J W Stanton. Livery stables, posting house, private rooms, bowling green. Good accommodation for hunting gentlemen, cyclists, visitors & others
Derry J T, saddler
Ewers W & G, coal merchants, Holte Fleet
FRAZER J G, family grocer, tea and provision mcht. The oldest established grocery business in Ombersley
Greaves M, butcher
Hadley, Bowling Green Inn
Half Way House – T Oakey
Hall G C, surgeon, Captain I.M.S
Hofner L, smith, Holt
Holte Fleet Inn – H Pratt
IVENS T, draper, hosier, haberdasher, clothier, hatter, outfitter and boot and shoe warehouse. All orders promptly attended to
Jeffery E J, agent for Wesleyan Assurance Co
JOYNER A, baker, grocer, corn, flour & provision dlr, Ombersley. Tobaccos, ironmongery, glass & earthenware. Brooms and brushes. All kinds of cakes and fancy bread made to order
KESTELL S, teas and refreshments. Cyclists and visitors provided for. Terms moderate. Varieties in sweets and confectionery
KINGS ARMS HOTEL – S Skerrett, proprietor. Good accommodation for visitors, cyclists, and others. Small parties catered for on reasonable terms. Quoits and good stabling. Conveyances for hire. Worcester bus leaves the door
King W H, plumber, house and sign painter
Mills A E, tailor
Munn H, baker
Moule J, general dlr, Hadley
Norman J, baker and grocer etc,
Norman J, farmer
Old Field Inn – W H Hundley
OMBERSLEY CASH DRAPERY STORES, drapery, millinery, dressmaking, and ladies’ outfitting establishment – M Castledine
Pardoe R, boot maker
Reindeer Inn – S Smith
Rose & Crown – Mrs South
Sanders S, general smith
Underhill J, boot and shoe maker
Weston J, general dealer, Hadley
Wharf Inn, Holt Fleet – J Pridmore
Whitney T, carpenter
Willetts A E H, registrar of births and deaths, & Relieving and School Attendance Officer
Wilson A, general dealer, Uphampton
Winn J, butcher, Hadley
Source: Bennetts Business Directory (Worcestershire Section) 1899; Bennett & Co. Printers and Publishers, Birmingham.

Ombersley Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Ombersley, 5 miles from Worcester, containing 283 houses, and 1696 inhabitants. The parish is very extensive being nearly 12 miles in circumference and has 17 hamlets annexed to it. Here is a good charity school.

Amphlett Thomas, farmer
Amphlett T jun., farmer
Amphlett Richard, farmer and maltster
Armstrong Phillip, cooper
Ball Wm, wheelwright
Barnett S., schoolmaster
Batchelor Edw., farmer
Birch Samuel, farmer
Boughton Edward, farmer (Acton)
Boughton Edward, farmer (Hadley)
Bourne Charles, smith
Brighton Richard, vict.
Brighton Edward, maltster and farmer
Brook Nathaniel, draper
Burrow Edward, farmer
Burrow Thomas, farmer
Burrow John, miller
Burrow Sarah, farmer
Cole William, smith
Colley Richard, esq.
Cook Richard, farmer
Cook James, farmer
Cox Rd., wheelwright
Dalby Thomas, farmer
Dalloway William, schoolmaster
Dowding Robt. farmer
Downshire Most Noble Marchioness of
Duggard Widow, farmer
Evans Wm., bricklayer
Gardner J. B. farmer
Gardner Richard, farmer
Gardner T. S. farmer
Gardner J. H., farmer
Gardner Thomas, farmer
Gardner Widow, farmer
Glasbrook Edw. farmer
Goodwin Edw., shoemaker
Grove Robert, farmer
Harper Richard, farmer
Hartland John, farmer
Halton Richard, farmer
Higgs William, farmer
Hobday Thomas, farmer
Hollington Joseph, farmer
Hope Joseph, butcher
Hope George, shoemaker
Jones William, farmer
Lamb Susan, farmer
Lawrence W., carpenter
Lawrence W., miller
Lightbourne Samuel
Malpas Thomas, farmer
Meadows Francis, farmer
Moule Joseph, farmer
Moule William, farmer
Munn Thomas, farmer
Munn John, farmer
Nash Thomas, farmer
Newey George, farmer
Oakes J. stone mason
Onley William, farmer
Onley Edward, farmer
Palmer M. shopkeeper
Pardoe John, farmer
Pardoe James, farmer
Partridge T, sen, farmer
Partridge T. jun. farmer
Patrick Samuel, smith
Peach Susan, vict.
Perks John, farmer
Perry Richard, farmer
Price Frederick, glazier
Pritchett Rev. John
Pugh Edward, butcher
Randle John, farmer
Randle Joseph, farmer
Roistons Thomas, farmer
Sanders John, jun. farmer
Severn Ann, vict.
Silvester W. A. farmer
Sockett Rev. Thomas
Soley George, farmer
Taylor Mary, farmer
Taylor Robert, farmer
Tolley Richard, farmer
Tolley John, farmer
Tolley Thos. jun. farmer
Tombs Thomas, farmer
Tracey Mary, farmer
Tracey Samuel, baker
Watkins John, esq.
Watkins John, sen.
Whitney John, carpenter
Whitney William, farmer
Williams John, esq.
Williams J. G. vict.
Wilson William, farmer
Winnall Thomas, farmer
Winnall John, farmer
Wood John, farmer (Sychampton)
Wood John, farmer, (Tapenhall)
Wright Joseph, farmer

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Slaney Richard, Ombersley. Worcestershire, brickmaker, Nov. 10, 1829.

Parish Records

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Census returns for Ombersley, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Ombersley, 1608-1876 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ombersley (Worcestershire)

Parish registers for Ombersley, 1574-1959 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ombersley (Worcestershire)

Computer printout of Ombersley, Worcester, England, christenings, 1771-1812 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Ombersley, Worcester, England ; christenings, 1813-1877 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Ombersley, Worcester, England ; marriages, 1754-1882 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Bentley’s history, guide and alphabetical and classified directory of Bromsgrove, the borough of Droitwich, the parishes of Feckenham and Ombersley and the manufacturing town of Redditch : and a history and directory of thirty parishes in the eastern part of the county … forming volume I of Bentley’s history, directory and statistics of Worcestershire Author: Bentley, Joseph, 1805?-1872; Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry

Public records

Civil records, Ombersley, Worcester, England, 17th-19th centuries

Worcestershire Archives & Family History Groups

Malvern Family History Society


Black Country History

Dudley Burial Records

Worcestershire Regiment

Web sites about the history of Ombersley

The Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Churches Trust Site


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

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