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Strensham, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Strensham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.
Parish church:
Parish registers begin: 1569
Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Strensham

  • Twyning
  • Bredon
  • Eckington
  • Ripple
  • Bredon's Norton
  • Hill Croome
  • Defford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

STRENSHAM, a parish, with a village, in Pershore district, Worcester; on the river Avon, ¾ of a mile W by S of Eckington r. station, and 4½ S W of Pershore. It has a post-office under Tewkesbury. Acres, 1,800. Real property, £3,895. Pop., 279. Houses, 61. S. Court is the seat of Townend, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £240. Patron, J. A. Taylor, Esq. The church is good. There are a school and alms houses with £54 a year from endowment, and other charities £11. Butler, the author of "Hudibras,'' was a native.
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

Strensham, a parish in the upper division of the hund. and union of Pershore, county of Worcester; 4½ miles south-west by south of Pershore, on the western bank of the Avon, and intersected by the Birmingham and Gloucester railway. Living, a rectory in the archd. and dio. of Worcester; rated at £12; gross income £202. Tithes commuted in 1814. Patron, in 1841, John Taylor, Esq. Here are 2 daily schools, one of which is endowed with £10 per annum. Almshouses for 9 poor persons were founded here by Sir F. Russell, and Lady A. Gyse, who endowed them with £43 17s. 10d. per annum. Other charities, in 1830, £11 12s. per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £154 10s. Strensham was the birth-place of Samuel Butler, the author of Hudibras. Acres 1,800. Houses 67. A.P. £2,416. Pop., in 1801, 286; in 1831, 328.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Strensham – a parish in the hundred of Pershore, upper division, 5 miles S.W. from Pershore, and 108 from London; containing 63 inhabited houses. Samuel Butler, the author of Hudibras, was born here, about the middle of the seventeenth century, who, notwithstanding he was admired and courted by the Duke of Buckingham, Clarendon, and others, actually died of want in the year 1680. A monument was afterwards erected to his memory in Westminster Abbey; upon which it was observed, that instead of a fish, they gave him a stone. The living is a rectory; Rev. J. W. Grove, incumbent; instituted 1807; patron, J. Taylor, Esq. Population, 1801, 286 – 1811, 295 – 1821, 312.
Strensham Court, in the above parish, was for many centuries the seat of the Russells; it is now occupied by a farmer; but Mr. Taylor, of Spring-Grove, who has lately purchased the estate of Lord Somers, is about to build a modern mansion upon its site.
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.


Online Directories

Bentley's Directory of Strensham 1840 -

Directory Transcriptions

Strensham Worcestershire Littleburys Directory 1879
Strensham Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855
Strensham Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820


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