Spetchley Worcestershire Family History Guide

Photo of All Saints church, Spetchley
Photo of All Saints church, Spetchley. This church in Spetchley Park Gardens is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is one of 8 in Worcestershire. by Chris Allen, some rights reserved.

Spetchley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists in Spetchley include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Spetchley

  • Norton juxta Kempsey
  • Warndon
  • Tibberton
  • Worcester St Martin
  • Whittington
  • Bredicot
  • Churchill
  • White Ladies Aston

 

The lake at Spetchley Park Looking north across the lake to the large lawns in front of Spetchley Hall.
The lake at Spetchley Park Looking north across the lake to the large lawns in front of Spetchley Hall. The copyright on this image is owned by Trevor Rickard and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Historical Descriptions

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Spetchley – a parish in the hundred of Oswaldslow, lower division, 3 miles E. from Worcester, and 108 from London; containing 18 inhabited houses. The church is a small neat building, containing several monuments of the Berkley family. It is a rectory; Rev. George Dineley, jun. incumbent; instituted 1811; patron, R. Berkley, Esq. Population, 1801, 127 – 1811, 113 – 1821, 121.

Spetchley-House, in the above parish, the residence of Robert Berkley, Esq. The mansion-house was burnt down in the civil wars by the Royalist troops, notwithstanding Judge Berkley, who then owned the estate, was a staunch supporter of the king, and had actually suffered imprisonment in the Tower, and was fined £20,000 by the parliament: the stables, which had escaped the conflagration, were afterwards converted into a dwelling. A modern house, built of free-stone, has lately been erected by Mr. Berkley, who has a small chapel attached to it for the convenience of his tenants, who are chiefly Catholics.

Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Universal British Directory 1791

Spetchley, three miles from Worcester, on the old London road, has the ancient mansion of Robert Berkeley, Esq. formerly the residence of Judge Berkeley, whose monument is in the church. Here is a fine park, well stocked with deer, and a long avenue of trees leading to the house, which was first intended for the entrance of the seat, but now only a foot-path remains. At Churchill, one mile and a half from hence, a spring has lately been discovered, whose water is esteemed to be equal in virtue to that at Tunbridge Spa.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

Directories

Online Directories

Bentley’s Directory of Spetchley 1840 – Archive.org

Directory Transcriptions

Spetchley Billings Directory 1855

Spetchley Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Pershore
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Worcester
  • Poor Law Union: Pershore
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury
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