Wolverley Worcestershire Family History Guide

St John the Baptist Church, Wolverley
Photo of St John the Baptist Church, Wolverley by Richard Rogerson, some rights reserved.

Wolverley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Cookley, Horseley, Kingsford, Little Wolverley, Caunsall, Sion Hill, Blakesall, Lea Castle and Low.

Parish church: St John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wolverley

Historical Descriptions

Wolverley

THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND & WALES 1870

Wolverley, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Kidderminster district, Worcester. The village stands on the river Stour, 2 miles N by W of Kidderminster r. station; and has a post-office under Kidderminster, and a police station. The parish includes Cookley village and several hamlets, and comprises 5,532 acres. Real property, £13,267. Pop. in 1851, 2,441; in 1861, 2,905. Houses, 608. The increase of pop. arose from extension of iron manufacture. The property is subdivided. There are several good residences. A pillar, in memory of the famous Richard Baxter, has been erected on Blakeshall Common. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of W. The church is modern. The vicarage of Cookley is a separate benefice. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed grammar-school with £633 a year, and charities £27.—The sub-district contains 3 parishes. Acres, 7,172. Pop., 3,204. Houses, 666.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

WOLVERLEY LEONARD’S GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1850

Wolverley, 2 miles N.W. Kidderminster. P. 2091.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

WOLVERLEY WORCESTERSHIRE DELINEATED C. AND J. GREENWOOD 1822

Wolverley – a parish in the hundred of Oswaldslow, lower division, 2 miles N. from Kidderminster, and 127 from London; containing 256 inhabited houses. The church is a neat edifice, situate on an eminence, and is approached on the N. side by a winding path cut through solid rock. A number of forges have been erected upon the banks of the Stour, which runs through this parish, and a considerable business is carried on in the iron trade, which is much facilitated by the advantages derived from a water carriage on the Staffordshire canal, which accompanies the river Stour to the Severn at Stourport, Worcestershire. The living is a vicarage; the Rev. Thomas Heynes, incumbent; instituted 1814; in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. Population, 1801, 906 – 1811, 1164 – 1821, 1529

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.

Kingsford

A Topographical Dictionary Of Great Britain And Ireland 1833

Kingsford, co. Worcester.

P. T. Kidderminster (126) 2 m. N. Pop. with Pa.

A hamlet in the parish of Wolverley and lower division of the hundred of Halfshire

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Sion Hill

Worcestershire Delineated C. And J. Greenwood 1822

Sion-Hill, near Kidderminster, the residence of J. Smith, Esq.

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.

Lea-Castle

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Lea-Castle, in the parish of Wolverley, the residence of J. Knight, Esq. who when the county was threatened with an invasion, some years since, raised a troop of cavalry, principally at his own expense; in which were ten of his own servants mounted upon as many of his own horses.

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.

Directories

Wolverley Bennett’s Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914

Wolverley Bennetts Business Directory 1899

Wolverley (with the Hamlets of Cookley, Blakesall, Caunsall, Horseley, Kingsford, Low, and Sion Hill) 1855

Wolverley Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

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Administration

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Kidderminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Kidderminster
  • Poor Law Union: Kidderminster
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury
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