Place:Ipsley, Warwickshire, England

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NameIpsley
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates52.296°N 1.904°W
Located inWarwickshire, England     ( - 1931)
Also located inWorcestershire, England     (1931 - 1998)
Hereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Worcestershire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoHalfshire Hundred, Worcestershire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Barlichway Hundred, Warwickshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Alcester Rural, Warwickshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1931
Redditch, Worcestershire, Englandurban district of which it was a part 1931-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


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

"IPSLEY, a parish in Alcester [registration] district, Warwick[shire]; on the river Arrow and the Redditch railway, contiguous to Worcestershire, 1¾ mile SE by E of Redditch railway station. It contains Headless Cross village, and part of Redditch town, each of which has a post office under Bromsgrove; and contains also part of Crabs-Cross village. Acres: 2,514. Real property: £5,601. Population in 1851: 1,099; in 1861: 1,127. Houses: 234. The property is chiefly divided between two. The manufacture of needles and fish hooks is carried on at Ipsley Mills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £588. Patron: the Rev. Dolben. The church is very ancient; has an embattled tower; and contains some very old monuments of the Huband family. The rectory of Headless Cross is a separate benefice. A Roman Catholic chapel was recently erected on the border of the parish, at a cost of £6,000. W. S. Landor, Esq., the author of Imaginary Conversations was a resident."

Ipsley was originally an ancient parish in the Barlichway Hundred of Warwickshire, England, but it was also linked to Halfshire Hundred across the county border in Worcestershire. It was an ancient parish with no subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Alcester Rural District in Warwickshire. But in 1931 Ipsley became a part of urban district of Redditch in Worcestershire.

For more on the changes that have occurred in the Redditch area since 1931, see Redditch and the Redditch District.

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides seven volumes of the Victoria County History Series on Warwickshire. The first (Vol 2) covers the religious houses of the county; Volumes 3 through 6 provide articles the settlements in each of the hundreds in turn, and Volumes 7 and 8 deal with Birmingham and Coventry respectively.
  • GENUKI main page for Warwickshire provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Warwickshire and West Midland family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Warwickshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • The two maps below indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • 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.