Place:Oswaldslow Hundred, Worcestershire, England


NameOswaldslow Hundred
Located inWorcestershire, England
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Oswaldslow Hundred from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
"OSWALDSLOW, a hundred in the centre of Worcestershire; cut into three divisions, lower, middle, and upper. The [lower] div. contains Berrow parish, twenty-six other parishes, and parts of five others. Acres: 79,229. Population in 1851: 23,872. Houses: 5,083. The [middle] div. contains Alvechurch parish, fifteen other parishes, and part of another. Acres: 55,910. Population in 1851: 13,823. Houses: 2,970. The [upper] div. contains Blockley parish, six other parishes, and part of another. Acres: 23,648. Population in 1851: 7,013. Houses: 1,483. Population of the whole in 1861: 41, 442. Houses: 9,059."

Oswaldslow Hundred surrounded the city of Worcester and contained some of its more outlying parishes. As will be seen by this map from Wikimedia Commons, the hundreds of Worcestershire tended to contain numerous detached sections.


List of Parishes with chapelries and townships

Ancient Parish Parish Status Subsidiary Places Subsidiary Place Status Notes
Alvechurch parish (ancient), civil parish
Batsford parish (ancient), civil parish
Bedwardine St. John chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Bedwardine St. Michael parish (ancient), civil parish
Bishampton parish (ancient), civil parish
Blockley township, parish (ancient), civil parish Aston Magna hamlet
Stretton on Fosse chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Bredicot parish (ancient), civil parish
Bredon parish (ancient), civil parish Bredons Norton chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Cutsdean chapelry, civil parish
Welland chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Broadwas parish (ancient), civil parish
Churchill (near Spetchley) chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Claines chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish Whistones township, civil parish
Cleeve Priors parish (ancient), civil parish
Croome d'Abitot parish (ancient), civil parish
Cropthorne parish (ancient), civil parish Charlton hamlet, civil parish
Netherton hamlet, civil parish
Crowle parish (ancient), civil parish
Daylesford parish (ancient), civil parish
Earls Croome parish (ancient), civil parish
Elmley Castle parish (ancient), civil parish
Evenlode parish (ancient), civil parish
Fladbury parish (ancient), civil parish Ab Lench township, civil parish
Hill and Moor hamlet, civil parish
Stock and Bradley chapelry, civil parish
Throckmorton chapelry, civil parish
Wyre Piddle township, civil parish
Grimley parish (ancient), civil parish Hallow chapelry, civil parish
Hallow civil parish
Hanbury parish (ancient), civil parish
Hartlebury township, parish (ancient), civil parish Upper Mitton hamlet, civil parish
Harvington parish (ancient), civil parish
Hill Croome parish (ancient), civil parish
Himbleton parish (ancient), civil parish
Hindlip chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Holt chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish Little Witley chapelry, civil parish
Huddington chapelry, civil parish
Icomb parish (ancient), civil parish Church Icomb hamlet, civil parish
Inkberrow parish (ancient), civil parish
Kempsey parish (ancient), civil parish Norton by Kempsey chapelry, civil parish
Kempsey parish (ancient), civil parish Stoulton township, civil parish
Knightwick chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish Kenswick extra parochial area, chapelry, civil parish
Lindridge parish (ancient), civil parish Kington on Teme chapelry, civil parish
Pensax chapelry, civil parish
Little Malvern parish (ancient), civil parish
North Claines civil parish
Oddingley parish (ancient), civil parish
Ombersley parish (ancient), civil parish
Overbury parish (ancient), civil parish Alstone hamlet, civil parish
Berrow chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Conderton hamlet, civil parish
Little Washbourne hamlet, civil parish
Teddington chapelry, civil parish
Pendock parish (ancient), civil parish
Redmarley d'Abitot parish (ancient), civil parish
Ripple township, parish (ancient), civil parish Holdfast hamlet, civil parish
Queenhill chapelry, civil parish
Rous Lench parish (ancient), civil parish
Sedgeberrow parish (ancient), civil parish
Shell extra parochial area, civil parish
South Claines civil parish
South Hallow civil parish
Spetchley chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Stoke Prior parish (ancient), civil parish
Tibberton parish (ancient), civil parish
Tredington parish (ancient), civil parish Shipston on Stour chapelry, civil parish
Tidmington chapelry, civil parish
Upton Snodbury chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Upton upon Severn parish (ancient), civil parish
Warndon chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
White Ladies Aston parish (ancient), civil parish
Whittington chapelry, civil parish
Wichenford chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Wolverley parish (ancient), civil parish
Worcester St. Clement chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Worcester St. Martin parish (ancient), civil parish
Worcester St. Peter the Great parish (ancient), civil parish

Research tips

  • 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: 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.