Place:Worcestershire, England

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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
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 ( 1998 - )
Warley ( 1966 - 1974 )
Chapelry
Badsey
Cofton Hackett
Cow Honeybourne ( 1931 - )
Elmbridge
Grafton Manor
Great and Little Hampton ( 1998 - )
Holt
Kings Norton ( - 1911 )
Little Witley
Lower Mitton ( - 1928 )
Offenham
Redditch ( 1894 - 1974 )
Rowley Regis ( 1966 - 1974 )
Rushock
Stone
Westwood
Wickhamford
Civil parish
Abbots Morton
Aldington
Alstone ( - 1844 )
Ashton under Hill ( 1931 - )
Badsey
Belbroughton
Bengeworth St. Peter
Bentley Pauncefoot
Bewdley ( 1835 - 1974 )
Bickmarsh ( 1932 - )
Blockley ( - 1931 )
Bredon
Bredons Norton
Bretforton
Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1974 )
Broome
Cakemore ( 1844 - 1974 )
Chaceley ( - 1931 )
Chaddesley Corbett
Church Honeybourne ( - 1958 )
Church Lench
Churchill (near Spetchley)
Churchill and Blakedown ( 1888 - )
Clent ( 1844 - )
Cofton Hackett
Conderton ( 1988 - )
Cow Honeybourne ( 1931 - )
Crutch
Dodderhill in Liberties
Dodderhill
Doverdale
Droitwich St. Andrew
Droitwich St. Peter
Droitwich ( 1835 - 1974 )
Dudley Castle ( - 1929 )
Dudley ( 1865 - 1966 )
Elmbridge
Evenlode
Evesham All Saints
Evesham ( 1835 - )
Feckenham
Grafton Manor
Great and Little Hampton ( 1998 - )
Hadsor
Hagley
Halesowen ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hampton Lovett
Hartlebury
Hasbury ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill ( - 1974 )
Hinton on the Green ( 1931 - )
Holt
Honeybourne ( 1958 - 1974 )
Hunnington ( 1844 - )
Icomb ( - 1844 )
Illey ( - 1974 )
Ipsley ( 1998 - )
Kemerton ( 1931 - )
Kidderminster Borough
Kidderminster Foreign
Kidderminster ( 300 - 1974 )
Kings Norton ( - 1911 )
Kington
Lapal ( 1844 - 1974 )
Little Witley
Lower Mitton ( - 1928 )
Lutley ( - 1974 )
Lye ( - 1974 )
Marlborough in the Vines
Mathon ( - 1897 )
North Redditch ( 1894 - 1933 )
North and Middle Littleton
Northfield ( - 1911 )
Norton and Lenchwick
Offenham
Oldberrow ( - 1896 )
Oldbury ( 1844 - 1974 )
Oldswinford ( - 1974 )
Overbury ( 1935 - )
Pebworth ( 1931 - )
Pedmore ( - 1974 )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Pendock ( 1998 - )
Quinton ( - 1909 )
Redditch ( 1894 - 1974 )
Redmarley d'Abitot ( - 1931 )
Ribbesford
Ripple
Romsley ( 1844 - )
Rowley Regis ( 1966 - 1974 )
Rushock
Rushwick
Salwarpe
Sedgeberrow
Shelsley Kings ( 1998 - )
Shelsley Walsh ( 1998 - )
South Littleton
Staunton ( - 1931 )
Stone
Stourbridge ( - 1974 )
Tardebigge
Teddington ( - 1931 )
Tutnall and Cobley
Upper Swinford ( - 1974 )
Upton Warren
Warley Salop ( 1844 - 1884 )
Warley Wigorn ( 1844 - 1884 )
Warley ( 1966 - 1974 )
Webheath
Westwood
Wickhamford
Wollaston
Wollescote ( - 1974 )
Worcester St. Martin County ( 1894 - 1952 )
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
Yardley ( - 1912 )
District municipality
Bromsgrove District ( 1998 - )
Malvern Hills District ( 1998 - )
Redditch District ( 1998 - )
Worcester District ( 1998 - )
Wychavon District ( 1998 - )
Wyre Forest District ( 1998 - )
Extra parochial area
Crutch
Dudley Castle ( - 1929 )
Grafton Manor
Marlborough in the Vines
Westwood
Hamlet
Aldington
Bredons Norton
Conderton ( 1988 - )
Doddenham
Hawne ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill Hampton
Lutley ( - 1974 )
Queenhill
Shelsley Kings ( 1998 - )
Shelsley Walsh ( 1998 - )
Hundred
Blackenhurst Hundred
Doddingtree Hundred
Halfshire Hundred
Oswaldslow Hundred
Pershore Hundred
Inhabited place
Ab Lench
Abberley
Abberton
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
Catshill
Eckington
Edvin Loach ( - 1893 )
Elmley Castle ( 1998 - )
Fernhill Heath
Great Malvern ( 1894 - 1898 )
Great Witley
Headless Cross
Hopwood
Kempsey
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
Ribbesford
Rock
Sedgeberrow
Shipston on Stour ( - 1931 )
Smethwick ( 1966 - 1974 )
Stoke Bliss ( 1998 - )
Stoke Heath
Stourport on Severn ( 1998 - )
Strensham
Teddington ( - 1931 )
Tenbury Wells
Upper Arley
Upton upon Severn ( 1998 - )
Wadborough
Whittington
Worcester ( 1835 - 1974 )
Wythall
Parish
Ab Lench
Abberton
Acton Beauchamp ( 1998 - )
Alderminster ( - 1931 )
Alfrick
Alvechurch
Areley Kings
Astley
Bayton
Beoley
Berrow
Besford
Birlingham
Birtsmorton
Bishampton
Bransford
Bredicot
Bricklehampton
Broadwas
Broadway
Broughton Hackett ( 1998 - )
Bushley
Castlemorton ( 1998 - )
Childs-Wickham ( 1931 - present )
Claines
Cleeve Priors ( 1998 - )
Clifton upon Teme ( 1998 - )
Cotheridge
Cradley ( - 1974 )
Croome d'Abitot
Cropthorne
Crowle
Cutsdean
Daylesford
Defford
Doddenham
Dodford with Grafton ( 1933 - )
Dormston
Earls Croome
Eastham
Eckington
Edvin Loach ( - 1893 )
Eldersfield
Elmley Castle ( 1998 - )
Elmley Lovett
Fladbury
Flyford Flavel ( 1998 - )
Frankley
Grafton Flyford ( 1998 - )
Great Comberton
Great Kyre
Great Witley
Grimley
Guarlford
Hallow
Hanbury
Hanley Castle ( 1998 - )
Hanley Child ( 1998 - )
Hanley William ( 1998 - )
Harvington
Hawne ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill Croome
Hill Hampton
Hill and Cakemore ( 1919 - 1974 )
Hill and Moor
Himbleton
Hindlip
Holdfast
Huddington
Inkberrow
Kempsey
Kenswick
Knighton-on-Teme
Knightwick
Leigh
Lindridge
Little Comberton
Little Malvern
Longdon
Lulsley
Madresfield
Mamble
Martin Hussingtree ( 1998 - )
Martley
Moseley ( - 1911 )
Naunton Beauchamp ( 1998 - )
Netherton (near Elmley Castle) ( 1998 - )
Newland
North Piddle
Norton by Kempsey ( 1998 - )
Oddingley
Ombersley
Orleton
Pensax
Peopleton
Pinvin
Pirton
Powick
Queenhill
Rochford
Rock
Sapey Pritchard ( 1998 - )
Severn Stoke ( 1998 - )
Shelsley Beauchamp ( 1998 - )
Shipston on Stour ( - 1931 )
Shrawley
Spetchley
Stanford upon Teme ( 1998 - )
Stock and Bradley
Stockton on Teme ( 1998 - )
Stoke Bliss ( 1998 - )
Stoke Bliss ( 1998 - )
Stoke Prior ( 1998 - )
Stoulton
Strensham
Suckley
Tenbury
Throckmorton
Tibberton
Tidmington
Tredington ( - 1931 )
Upper Mitton
Upton Snodbury ( 1998 - )
Upton upon Severn ( 1998 - )
Warndon
Welland
Whistones
White Ladies Aston
Whittington
Wichenford
Wick (near Pershore)
Wolverley
Wyre Piddle ( 1998 - )
Wythall
Parish (ancient)
Abbots Morton
Badsey
Bedwardine-St. Michael
Belbroughton
Bengeworth St. Peter
Bretforton
Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1974 )
Broome
Chaddesley Corbett
Church Honeybourne ( - 1958 )
Church Lench
Churchill (near Spetchley)
Clent ( 1844 - )
Dodderhill
Doverdale
Droitwich St. Andrew
Droitwich St. Mary de Witton
Droitwich St. Nicholas
Droitwich St. Peter
Dudley St. James
Dudley ( 1865 - 1966 )
Evenlode
Evesham All Saints
Evesham St. Lawrence
Feckenham
Great and Little Hampton ( 1998 - )
Hadsor
Hagley
Halesowen ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hampton Lovett
Hartlebury
Holt
Ipsley ( 1998 - )
Kemerton ( 1931 - )
Kidderminster ( 300 - 1974 )
Kington
North and Middle Littleton
Northfield ( - 1911 )
Norton and Lenchwick
Offenham
Oldberrow ( - 1896 )
Oldswinford ( - 1974 )
Pedmore ( - 1974 )
Pershore Holy Cross
Pershore St. Andrew
Ripple
Rushock
Salwarpe
South Littleton
Stone
Tardebigge
Upton Warren
Wickhamford
Worcester All Saints
Worcester St. Alban
Worcester St. Clement
Worcester St. Martin
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
Yardley ( - 1912 )
Parochial area
Dodderhill in Liberties
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 and Little Hampton ( 1998 - )
Ipsley ( 1998 - )
King's Heath ( - 1911 )
Moseley ( - 1911 )
North Bromsgrove ( 1894 - 1933 )
Pedmore ( - 1974 )
Warndon
Worcester St. Peter the Great ( 1998 - )
Township
Bentley Pauncefoot
Cakemore ( 1844 - 1974 )
Halesowen ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hartlebury
Hasbury ( 1844 - 1974 )
Hill ( - 1974 )
Hunnington ( 1844 - )
Illey ( - 1974 )
Kidderminster Borough
Kidderminster Foreign
Lapal ( 1844 - 1974 )
Lye ( - 1974 )
Oldbury ( 1844 - 1974 )
Oldswinford ( - 1974 )
Quinton ( - 1909 )
Romsley ( 1844 - )
Stourbridge ( - 1974 )
Tutnall and Cobley
Upper Swinford ( - 1974 )
Warley Salop ( 1844 - 1884 )
Warley Wigorn ( 1844 - 1884 )
Webheath
Wollaston
Wollescote ( - 1974 )
Unknown
Acock's Green
Barbourne
Blackheath
Bloomfield
Broadwaters
Cookley
Cowleigh
Crabs Cross
Drakes Broughton
Fairfield
Finstall
Franche
Hollybush
Kings Pyon
Langley
Lickey
Marston
Netherton (near Dudley)
Newbold
North Malvern
Pensham
Rednall
Round's Green
Selly Oak
Shell
South Middleton
Stamber Mill
Tollandine
Trimpley
West Malvern
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".

  • 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.
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