Redditch Worcestershire Family History Guide

Redditch, a chapelry in Tardebigge parish, Worcestershire.

Status: Chapelry

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1770; see also Tardebigge
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1791

Nonconformists include: Arminians, Independents, and Wesleyans; and a Roman Catholic chapel

Parishes adjacent to Redditch

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

REDDITCH, a town and a township-chapelry in Tardebigg parish, Worcester. The town stands at the boundary with Warwickshire, and at the terminus of a branch railway, 1 mile W of the river Arrow, and 6 ESE of Bromsgrove; has, of late years, undergone great extension; carries on a vast manufacture of needles, fish-hooks, and similar articles; is a seat of petty-sessions and county courts; and has a head post-office, a railway station, two banking offices, two chief inns, a police station, a church, five dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a literary and scientific institute, a mixed national school, Wesleyan schools, a fair on the first Monday of Aug., another fair on the third Monday of Sept., and races on Whit-Monday and Whit-Tuesday. The railway goes 4¾ miles northwestward, into junction with the Midland system at Barnt-Green; was authorized in 1858, on a capital of £35,000 in shares, and £11, 500 in loans; was opened in Sept. 1859; and was leased, in 1865, to the Midland. The church was built in 1855, at a cost of £7,463; is in the decorated Gothic style; and consists of nave, aisles, and raised chancel, with tower and spire. Bordesley abbey occupied a site in the neighbourhood; and a chapel of it was the only place of worship for Redditch till 1807. The chapelry comprises 1,835 acres. Real property, £17, 265; of which £601 are in the railway, and £100 in gas-works. Pop. In 1851, 4, 802; in 1861, 5, 441. Houses, 1,110. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £300. Patron, Baroness Windsor.

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

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Redditch – a hamlet and chapelry to the parish of Tardebigg, in the hundred of Halfshire, upper division, 6 miles E.S.E. from Bromsgrove, and 110 from London. This place has long been famous for the manufacture of needles and fish-hooks, and has the appearance of a small market town. The chapel stands in the centre of the village, and is a neat modern edifice, well paved, with a good gallery, and has altogether a very respectable appearance. Population returned with Tardibigg [sic].

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.

Marriages

Worcestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., and W. F. Carter, B.A.

Vol I. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.

Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Carter, W. F. (William Fowler), b. 1856 joint ed.

Note. – Redditch was formerly only a chapelry in the parish of Tardebigge, and the Rev. Horace Newton reports that the following nine marriages are the only ones he can find to have been Solemnized at Redditch prior to 1813. He has kindly supplied particulars and they are now printed under his supervision after comparison with the original Register. With the exception of three, the Marriages are by banns.

Marriages at Redditch 1808 to 1812

Directories

Redditch Bennett’s Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914

Redditch Pigots Directory 1842

Redditch Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820

Administration

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