Wribbenhall is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Worcestershire, created in 1844 from Kidderminster St Mary Ancient Parish.

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin: 1723

Parishes adjacent to Wribbenhall

Historical Descriptions of Wribbenhall

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Wribbenhall, a chapelry in Kidderminster parish, Worcester; at Bewdley r. station, within Bewdley borough, and communicating with Bewdley town by a bridge across the Severn. It was constituted in 1844; and it has a post-office under Bewdley. Pop., 1,057. Houses, 249. There are several well built houses and some gentlemen’s seats. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £150. Patron, the Vicar of Kidderminster.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Wribbenhall, a hamlet in the parish of Kidderminster, lower division of the hundred of Halfshire, county of Worcester, situated on the left bank of the Severn, immediately opposite Bewdley, and connected with that town by a noble bridge over the river. The population is returned with the parish. Here is a chapel for the service of the church of England, but not consecrated: it was erected in the year 1701, at the expense of the inhabitants of the hamlet, on a plot of waste land belonging to Lord Foley, and was subsequently claimed by his lordship, as lord of the manor  this gave rise to litigation, and, after various decisions, it was given in his favour. Since that period his lordship has continued to appoint the minister, who held his situation solely by virtue of such presentation, until its existence was legalized by a clause in an act of parliament which passed in the early part of the reign of George IV., relating to dissenting places of worship, which excepts from its provisions all chapels wherein the service of the church of England had previously been performed: it is exempt from all ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The inhabitants support, by voluntary subscription, and by a collection after a sermon preached for the purpose, two schools in Bewdley, for children whose parents reside in the hamlet; in these about twelve boys and twenty-five girls are instructed.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

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Bewdley, Wribbenhall and Neighbours Pigots Directory 1842

Wribbenhall Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855

Wribbenhall, a Hamlet in the parish of Kidderminster, from which town it is distant about 3 miles, is situated on the left bank of the Seven, immediately opposite Bewdley, with which it is connected by a noble bridge.  The population in 1851 was 1142 inhabitants.

The Church is a large brick structure, with square tower.  Rev. Charles Warner, Incumbent; Mr. William Taylor, Organist; Mr. Benjamin Pitt, Clerk.  Service – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Parochial Schools are very neat and commodious rooms, with good accommodation for the teachers.  Mr. William Taylor, Master; Mary Pitt, Mistress. Average number of scholars – boys, 30; girls, 30.

County Police Station – Thomas Baker, Officer.


Baker Slade, Esq., County Magistrate, Sandbourne House
Baker Mrs. Elizabeth
Baker Mr. Thomas
Ball Miss Martha
Bancks Christopher P., Esq., Mayor of Bewdley, Elm Cottage
Bancks Mr. Christopher
Berrow Mrs.
Cartwright Mrs. William
Cartwright Miss, The Cottage
Cary Miss, Northwood Cottage
Cole James, Esq., Magistrate, and surgeon
Croydon Mrs. Ann
Gill Mr.
Hemming Walter C., Esq., County Magistrate, Spring Grove
Hillman Mr. John, Rock Cottage
Lankester Mr. Benjamin
Meachem Mr. Thomas
Pardoe Mrs. Mary, Bank Cottage
Parton Mr. Joseph
Reynolds Mrs. Sarah, The Cottage
Skey Miss Caroline, Wassell Cottage
Wheatley Mrs. Hannah, Cypress Cottage
Woodhouse Mrs. Lydia
Yardley Mr. Thomas, Spring Vale Cottage
Yate Mrs. Ann, Rock Cottage
Ashwood George, victualler, Bridge Inn
Baker Thomas, Police Constable, Station
Barnett John, basket maker
Bishop Samuel, boot and shoe maker
Brinton John, carpet manufacturer, The Heath
Butler William, shopkeeper
Clark John, farmer, Wassell
Cole John, butcher
Crane Henry, farmer, Grey Green
Crane Benjamin, maltster
Dufty Joseph, market gardener
Fowler Thomas, blacksmith
Fox William, beer retailer, Rising Sun
Godfrey Susannah, victualler, Old Black Boy
Godsall William, farmer, Spring Grove Farm
Hinton Edward, tailor
Holder Michael J., tobacconist; house, Spring Hill
Holder James, painter and glazier
Holder Elizabeth, milliner and dress maker
Hollerton Richard, boot and shoe maker
Humphries William, boot and shoe maker
Jackson William, painter and glazier
Jefferies William, bricklayer
Jeffries John, boot and shoe maker
Lane William, victualler, Red Lion
Lawley George, blacksmith
Lewis Isaac, professor of music
Lewis John, farmer
Lowe John, and Co., rope and twine manufacturers
Mason John, tailor
Millward George, victualler and shopkeeper, Coach and Horses
Minton Thomas, wool agent, Spring Bank Cottage
Minton Edward, boot and shoe maker
Nicholas and Pardoe, solicitors; agents to the National Life and Law Fire Offices
Nicholas Edward Richmond, solicitor
Puckey Matthew, Supervisor of Inland Revenue
Richey Miss, day school mistress
Salter Jarvis, victualler, wheelwright, and blacksmith, Old Waggon and Horses
Smeathern Henry, boot and shoe maker
Sturge Charles, corn factor and farmer, Summer Hill
Tolley John, builder
Walford Thomas, boot and shoe maker
Williams Richard, farmer, Leightmarsh
Post Office – Mr. Joseph Guise, Sub-Postmaster.  Arrival, 7 30 a.m.; despatch, 5 p.m.

Source; Billings Directory of Worcestershire 1855


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

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