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NameWorcestershire
Alt namesWORsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002).
Worcestersource: Family History Library Catalog
Worcestersource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 1351
Worcssource: Wikipedia
Worchestersource: misspelling
Worchestershiresource: misspelling
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Area
Dudley Castle Hill ( - 1929 )
Borough (county)
Dudley ( 1865 - 1966 )
Smethwick ( 1966 - 1974 )
Worcester ( 1835 - 1974 )
Borough (municipal)
Bewdley ( 1835 - 1974 )
Droitwich ( 1835 - 1974 )
Evesham ( 1835 - )
Halesowen ( 1844 - 1974 )
Kidderminster ( 300 - 1974 )
Oldbury ( 1844 - 1974 )
Rowley Regis ( 1966 - 1974 )
Stourbridge ( - 1974 )
Stourport-on-Severn ( - 1974 )
Warley ( 1966 - 1974 )
Civil parish
Ashton-under-Hill ( 1931 - )
Bewdley ( 1835 - 1974 )
Bickmarsh ( 1932 - )
Blockley ( - 1931 )
Bredon's Norton
Bredon
Chaceley ( - 1931 )
Churchill and Blakedown ( 1888 - )
Conderton
Feckenham
Hinton-on-the-Green ( 1931 - )
Honeybourne ( 1958 - )
Icomb ( - 1844 )
Kemerton ( 1931 - )
Lye ( - 1974 )
Mathon ( - 1897 )
North Redditch ( 1894 - 1933 )
Overbury ( 1935 - )
Pebworth ( 1931 - )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Redmarley d'Abitot ( - 1931 )
Ribbesford
Ripple
Rushwick
Sedgeberrow
Shelsley-Kings
Shelsley-Walsh
Staunton ( - 1931 )
Teddington ( - 1931 )
Wollescote ( - 1974 )
Worcester St. Martin County ( 1894 - 1952 )
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
District municipality
Bromsgrove District ( 1998 - )
Malvern Hills District ( 1998 - )
Redditch District ( 1998 - )
Worcester District ( 1998 - )
Wychavon District ( 1998 - )
Wyre Forest District ( 1998 - )
Former parish
Kidderminster Foreign
Yardley ( - 1912 )
Hamlet
Bredon's Norton
Conderton
Doddenham
Hawne ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill Hampton
Queenhill
Shelsley-Kings
Shelsley-Walsh
Warley Wigorn ( - 1974 )
Hundred
Blackenhurst (hundred)
Doddingtree (hundred)
Halfshire (hundred)
Oswaldslow (hundred)
Pershore (hundred)
Inhabited place
Ab Lench
Abberley
Abberton
Abbots Morton
Alstone ( - 1844 )
Alvechurch
Areley Kings
Ashton-under-Hill ( 1931 - )
Aston Bank
Aston Somerville ( 1931 - )
Astwood Bank
Axborough
Barnt Green
Beckford ( 1931 - )
Bewdley ( 1835 - 1974 )
Bordesley
Bredon
Broadway
Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1974 )
Catshill
Church-Honeybourne ( - 1958 )
Cofton Hackett
Cow-Honeybourne ( 1931 - )
Eckington
Edvin Loach ( - 1893 )
Elmley-Castle
Evesham ( 1835 - )
Feckenham
Fernhill Heath
Great Malvern ( 1894 - 1898 )
Great Witley
Hartlebury
Headless Cross
Hopwood
Kempsey
Kidderminster ( 300 - 1974 )
King's Heath ( - 1911 )
Lindridge
Little Kyre ( - 1894 )
Malvern Wells
Malvern ( - 1974 )
Mamble
Overbury ( 1935 - )
Pebworth ( 1931 - )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Pershore ( 500 - )
Pinvin
Pirton
Redditch ( 1894 - 1974 )
Ribbesford
Rock
Romsley ( 1844 - )
Sedgeberrow
Shipston-on-Stour ( - 1931 )
Smethwick ( 1966 - 1974 )
Stoke Bliss ( 1998 - )
Stoke Heath
Stourport-on-Severn ( - 1974 )
Strensham
Tardebigge
Teddington ( - 1931 )
Tenbury Wells
Upper Arley
Upton-upon-Severn
Wadborough
Whittington
Worcester ( 1835 - 1974 )
Wythall
Parish
Ab Lench
Abberton
Abbots Morton
Acton-Beauchamp
Alderminster ( - 1931 )
Aldington
Alfrick
Alvechurch
Areley Kings
Astley
Badsey
Bayton
Belbroughton
Bengeworth-St. Peter
Bentley-Pauncefoot
Beoley
Berrow
Besford
Birlingham
Birtsmorton
Bishampton
Bransford
Bredicot
Bretforton
Bricklehampton
Broadwas
Broadway
Broom
Broughton-Hackett
Bushley
Cakemore ( - 1974 )
Castle-Morton
Chaddesley-Corbett
Charlton
Childs-Wickham ( 1931 - present )
Church-Honeybourne ( - 1958 )
Church-Lench
Churchill (near Spetchley)
Claines
Cleeve-Prior
Clent ( 1844 - )
Clifton-upon-Teme
Cofton Hackett
Cotheridge
Cow-Honeybourne ( 1931 - )
Cradley ( - 1974 )
Croome d'Abitot
Cropthorne
Crowle
Crutch
Cutsdean
Daylesford
Defford
Doddenham
Dodderhill
Dodford with Grafton ( 1933 - )
Dormston
Doverdale
Earls Croome
Eastham
Eckington
Edvin Loach ( - 1893 )
Eldersfield
Elmley-Castle
Elmley-Lovett
Evenlode ( 1998 - )
Fladbury
Flyford-Flavel
Flyford-Grafton
Frankley
Grafton-Manor
Great Comberton
Great Hampton
Great Kyre
Great Witley
Grimley
Guarlford
Hadsor
Hagley
Hallow
Hampton-Lovett
Hanbury
Hanley-Castle
Hanley-Child
Hanley-William
Hartlebury
Harvington
Hasbury ( - 1974 )
Hawne ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill Croome
Hill Hampton
Hill and Cakemore ( 1919 - 1974 )
Hill and Moor
Hill ( - 1974 )
Himbleton
Hindlip
Holdfast
Holt
Huddington
Hunnington
Illey ( - 1974 )
Inkberrow
Ipsley ( 1998 - )
Kempsey
Kenswick
Kington
Knighton-on-Teme
Knightwick
Lapal ( - 1974 )
Leigh
Lindridge
Little Comberton
Little Malvern
Little Witley
Longdon
Lower Mitton
Lulsley
Lutley ( - 1974 )
Madresfield
Mamble
Martin-Hussingtree
Martley
Moseley ( - 1911 )
Naunton-Beauchamp
Netherton (near Elmley-Castle) ( 1998 - )
Newland
North Piddle
North and Middle Littleton
Northfield ( - 1911 )
Norton and Lenchwick
Norton-by-Kempsey
Oddingley
Offenham
Oldberrow ( - 1896 )
Oldswinford ( - 1974 )
Ombersley
Orleton
Pedmore ( - 1974 )
Pensax
Peopleton
Pinvin
Pirton
Powick
Queenhill
Quinton ( - 1909 )
Rochford
Rock
Romsley ( 1844 - )
Rous Lench
Rushock
Salwarpe
Sapey-Pritchard
Severn-Stoke
Shelsley-Beauchamp
Shipston-on-Stour ( - 1931 )
Shrawley
South Littleton
Spetchley
Stanford-upon-Teme
Stock and Bradley
Stockton-on-Teme
Stoke Bliss ( 1998 - )
Stoke-Bliss
Stoke-Prior
Stone
Stoulton
Strensham
Suckley
Tardebigge
Tenbury
Throckmorton
Tibberton
Tidmington
Tredington ( - 1931 )
Tutnall and Cobley
Upper Mitton
Upper Swinford ( - 1974 )
Upton-Snodsbury
Upton-Warren
Upton-upon-Severn
Warley Wigorn ( - 1974 )
Warley-Salop
Warndon
Webheath
Welland
Westwood Park
Whistones
White Ladies Aston
Whittington
Wichenford
Wick-near-Pershore
Wickhamford
Wollaston
Wolverley
Wyre-Piddle
Wythall
Parish (ancient)
Bedwardine-St. Michael
Droitwich St. Andrew
Droitwich St. Mary de Witton
Droitwich St. Nicholas
Droitwich St. Peter
Dudley St. James
Evesham All Saints
Evesham St. Lawrence
Kidderminster Borough
Pershore Holy Cross
Pershore St. Andrew
Ripple
Worcester All Saints
Worcester St. Alban
Worcester St. Clement
Worcester St. Martin
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
Registration district
Bromsgrove Registration District ( 1837 - 1844 )
Droitwich Registration District ( 1937 - 1974 )
Dudley Registration District ( 1912 - 1966 )
Evesham (post-1998) Registration District ( 1998 - 2006 )
Evesham Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Kidderminster Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Kings Norton Registration District ( 1837 - 1912 )
Malvern Registration District ( 1952 - 1974 )
Martley Registration District ( 1837 - 1913 )
Newent Registration District ( 1837 - 1895 )
Oldbury Registration District ( 1934 - 1966 )
Pershore Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Stourbridge Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Tenbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Tewkesbury Registration District
Upton on Severn Registration District ( 1837 - 1952 )
Warley East Registration District ( 1966 - 1968 )
Warley Registration District ( 1969 - 1974 )
Warley West Registration District ( 1966 - 1968 )
Winchcomb Registration District ( 1931 - 1935 )
Worcester Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Worcestershire Registration District ( 2006 - )
Rural district
Bromsgrove Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Droitwich Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Evesham Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Feckenham Rural ( 1894 - 1933 )
Halesowen Rural ( 1894 - 1925 )
Kidderminster Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Kings Norton Rural ( 1894 - 1898 )
Martley Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Mathon Rural ( 1894 - 1897 )
Pershore Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Rock Rural ( 1894 - 1933 )
Shipston-on-Stour Rural ( 1894 - 1931 )
Stourbridge Rural ( 1894 - 1897 )
Stow-on-the-Wold Rural ( 1894 - 1931 )
Tenbury Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Tewkesbury Rural ( 1894 - 1933 )
Upton-upon-Severn Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Winchcombe Rural ( 1894 - 1933 )
Yardley Rural ( 1894 - 1912 )
Suburb
Balsall Heath ( - 1891 )
Bengeworth-St. Peter
Catshill
Great Hampton
King's Heath ( - 1911 )
Moseley ( - 1911 )
North Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1933 )
Pedmore ( - 1974 )
Warndon
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
Unknown
Acock's-Green
Barbourne
Blackheath
Bloomfield
Broadwaters
Chadwick
Cookley
Cowleigh
Crabs-Cross
Drakes Broughton
Fairfield
Finstall
Franche
Hollybush
Kings-Pyon
Langley
Lickey
Marston
Netherton (near Dudley)
Newbold
Norchard
North Malvern
Pensham
Rednall
Round's Green
Rouse Lench
Selly-Oak
South Middleton
St. Kenelm
Stamber Mill
Tollandine
Trimpley
West Malvern
Wilden
Woodside
Wribbenhall
Wychavon
Wychbold
Yardley-Wood
Urban district
Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1974 )
Great Malvern ( 1894 - 1898 )
Halesowen ( 1844 - 1974 )
Kings Norton ( - 1911 )
Lye and Wollescote ( 1897 - 1933 )
Malvern Link ( 1894 - 1898 )
Malvern ( - 1974 )
North Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1933 )
Redditch ( 1894 - 1974 )
Stourbridge ( - 1974 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Worcestershire (abbreviated Worcs or, in some older sources, Wigorn) is a non-metropolitan county in central England. Worcestershire pre-dates the Norman Conquest of 1066. For a brief period of 24 years in the late 20th century (1974–1998) it was merged with neighbouring Herefordshire into the county of Hereford and Worcester.

Worcestershire borders Herefordshire to the west, Shropshire to the north west, a small part of Staffordshire to the north, the West Midlands to the northeast, Warwickshire to the east and Gloucestershire to the south. The Malvern Hills lie on the southern part of the border with Herefordshire.

The cathedral city of Worcester is the largest settlement and administrative seat of the county. Excluding this city the largest town in the county is Redditch; other principal settlements are Bromsgrove, Stourport-on-Severn, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster and Malvern, while smaller towns include Bewdley, Pershore, Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn. The north-east of Worcestershire includes part of the industrial West Midlands conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural. Administratively the county is divided into six districts: Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest and Bromsgrove. These districts were all created in 1974 when the county of Hereford and Worcester was initiated.

History

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Absorbed by the Kingdom of Mercia during the 7th century and then by the unified Kingdom of England from 927 to 1707, it was a separate ealdormanship briefly in the 10th century before forming part of the Earldom of Mercia in the 11th century. In the years leading up to the Norman conquest, the Church, including the cathedral, Evesham Abbey, Pershore Abbey, Malvern Priory and other religious houses, increasingly dominated county. The last known Anglo-Saxon sheriff of the county was Cyneweard of Laughern, and the first Norman sheriff was Urse d'Abetot who built the castle of Worcester and seized much church land. Worcestershire was the site of the Battle of Evesham in which Simon de Montfort was killed on 4 August 1265. In 1642, the site of the Battle of Powick Bridge the first major skirmish of the English Civil War, and the Battle of Worcester in 1651 that effectively ended it.

During the Middle Ages, much of the county's economy was based on the wool trade, and many areas of its dense forests, such as Malvern Chase, were royal hunting grounds. In the nineteenth century, Worcester was a centre for the manufacture of gloves; the town of Kidderminster became a centre for carpet manufacture, and Redditch specialised in the manufacture of needles, springs and hooks. Droitwich Spa, being situated on large deposits of salt, was a centre of salt production from Roman times, with one of the principal Roman roads running through the town. These old industries have since declined, to be replaced by other, more varied light industry. The county is also home to the world's oldest continually published newspaper, the Berrow's Journal, established in 1690. Malvern was one of the centres of the 19th century rise in English spa towns due to Malvern water being believed to be very pure, containing "nothing at all".

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