Place:Pershore Hundred, Worcestershire, England


NamePershore Hundred
Located inWorcestershire, England
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Pershore Hundred from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
"[Pershore] hundred is much more extensive than the [registration] district; and is cut into two divisions, lower and upper. The lower [division] lies beyond the [registration] district; and contains fifteen parishes and part of another. Acres: 51,297. Population in 1851: 18,102. Houses: 3,602. The upper [division] is mainly identical with the [registration] district, but less extensive. Acres: 41,328. Population in 1851: 11,115. Houses: 2,349. Population of the whole in 1861: 33,695. Houses: 6,782.

Pershore Hundred contained the towns of Pershore and Great Malvern. 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
Abberton parish (ancient), civil parish
Alderminster parish (ancient), civil parish
Beoley parish (ancient), civil parish
Birtsmorton parish (ancient), civil parish
Broadway parish (ancient), civil parish
Broughton Hackett parish (ancient), civil parish
Bushley chapelry, civil parish
Dormston chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Eckington parish (ancient), civil parish
Flyford Flavel parish (ancient), civil parish
Grafton Flyford parish (ancient), civil parish
Great Comberton parish (ancient), civil parish
Great Malvern parish (ancient), civil parish Guarlford hamlet, civil parish
Newland chapelry, civil parish
Hanley Castle parish (ancient), civil parish
Leigh parish (ancient), civil parish
Little Comberton parish (ancient), civil parish
Longdon parish (ancient), civil parish Castlemorton chapelry, civil parish
Chaceley chapelry, civil parish
Eldersfield chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Madresfield parish (ancient), civil parish
Martin Hussingtree parish (ancient), civil parish
Mathon parish (ancient), civil parish
Nafford parish (ancient) Birlingham chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Naunton Beauchamp parish (ancient), civil parish
North Piddle parish (ancient), civil parish
Peopleton parish (ancient), civil parish
Pershore Holy Cross parish (ancient), civil parish Strensham chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Upton Snodbury chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Pershore St. Andrew parish (ancient), civil parish Besford chapelry, civil parish
Bricklehampton chapelry, civil parish
Defford chapelry, civil parish
Pinvin chapelry, civil parish
Wick (near Pershore) chapelry, civil parish
Pirton parish (ancient), civil parish
Powick parish (ancient), civil parish Bransford chapelry, civil parish
Ripple township, parish (ancient), civil parish Holdfast hamlet, civil parish
Queenhill chapelry, civil parish
Severn Stoke parish (ancient), civil parish
Staunton parish (ancient), civil parish
Upton upon Severn parish (ancient), civil parish
Yardley 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.