Place:Chaceley, Worcestershire, England

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NameChaceley
Alt namesChaseleysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.9682°N 2.2197°W
Located inWorcestershire, England     ( - 1931)
Also located inGloucestershire, England     (1931 - )
See alsoPershore (hundred), Worcestershire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Tewkesbury Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
Gloucester Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1935-1974
Tewkesbury (district), Gloucestershire, Englandmunicipal district of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Chaceley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CHASELEY, or CHACELEY, a parish in the [registration] district of Tewkesbury, and county of Worcester; on the river Severn, 3 miles SW of Tewkesbury [railway] station. Post town, Tewkesbury. Acres: 1,725. Real property: £4,023. Population: 307. Houses: 71. The property is much subdivided. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the [diocese] of Worcester. Value: £134. Patron: the Vicar of Longdon. The church is old. There are an endowed school with £18 and charities £15."

There is no article on Chaceley in Wikipedia.

In 1931 Chaceley was transferred from Worcestershire to Gloucestershire although it had been part of Tewkesbury Rural District since 1894. Chaceley joined the Gloucester Rural District in 1937 when the Tewkesbury Rural District was abolished and became part of the wider Tewkesbury District or Borough after the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974.

It would appear that Chaceley was spelled "Chaseley" when in Worcestershire and the spelling was changed when the parish was transferred to Gloucestershire.

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Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
  • Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover this part of the county
  • Ancestry.co.uk has recently added Gloucestershire Burials, 1813-1988; Confirmations, 1834-1913; Baptisms, 1813-1913; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813; and Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938. (entry dated 1 Aug 2015)
  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Worcestershire illustrates the parish boundaries of Worcestershire when rural districts were still in existence and before the West Midlands came into being. The map publication year is 1931. The map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
  • British History Online has a large collection of local maps from the Ordnance Survey 1883-1893. These blow up to a size that permits viewing of individual hamlets, farms, collieries, but there is no overlapping of one map to the next, and no overall map to tie the individual ones together.
  • British History Online also has three volumes of the Victoria County History of Worcestershire online. Volume 3 (published in 1913) deals with the Halfshire Hundred; Volume 4 (published in 1924) deals with the City of Worcester, as well as parishes in the hundreds of Pershore and Doddingtree. Volume 2 covers religious houses in the county. The remainder of the county is not represented in the British History Online series.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Worcestershire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish. The auxiliary website English Jurisdictions can also be helpful.
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD (Telephone: 01905 822866, e-mail: archive@worcestershire.gov.uk) The Archives Collections Catalog Summary outlines the contents of the Archives Collection and also notes on what has been transferred to the national online service Access to Archives
  • The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry has a branch in Bromsgrove which deals in Worcestershire family history. There are also branches at Stourbridge and Worcester.
  • The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access. Free search index on its web-site to all its books. In many cases payment will be required to see the extract.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • Brett Langston's list of Worcestershire Registration Districts and parishes within each registration district from 1837 to the present can indicate where to find details of civil registration entries since the process began in England.
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
  • A History of the County of Worcester: Volume 4 edited by William Page and J W Willis-Bund covers the city of Worcester, as well as parishes in the hundreds of Pershore and Doddingtree, in the south and west of the county. These include the towns of Pershore, Great Malvern and Hanley Castle. (Victoria County History - Worcestershire. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1924, and available free online from British History Online)