Shipston on Stour, Worcestershire Family History Guide

Photo of High Street, Shipston on Stour
Photo of High Street, Shipston on Stour This street has changed little in the past 200 years. by Colin Craig, some rights reserved.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker, Strict Baptist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Shipston on Stour

  • Stretton on Fosse
  • Todenham
  • Barcheston
  • Tredington
  • Burmington
  • Honington

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Shipston-on-Stour, a parish and market-town in the upper division of the hund. of Oswaldslow, union of Shipston-on-Stour, county of Worcester; 30 miles east-south-east of Worcester. Acres 1,300. Houses 369. A. P. £4,233. Pop., in 1801, 1,293; in 1831, 1,632. Living, a rectory with that of Tidmington, in the archd. and dio. of Worcester; rated at £5 7s. 8½d.; gross income £700. Tithes commuted in 1840. Patrons, the dean and chapter of Worcester, and the principal and fellows of Jesus’ college, Oxford, alternately. The Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, and Society of Friends, have places of worship here; and there are 10 daily and 3 Sunday schools. Charities, in 1833, £165 19s. per annum, part of which was applied in education. Poor rates, in 1838, £807 3s. The Shipston-on-Stour poor-law union comprehends 37 parishes, embracing an area of 125 square miles; with a population returned, in 1831, at 19,030. The average annual expenditure on the poor of this district, during the three years preceding the formation of the union, was £12,972. Expenditure, in 1840, £9,046 16s.

The town is said to derive its name from having formerly been a great market for sheep. It is situated on the river Stour, and within 2 miles of the Stratford and Moreton railway. It has no manufactures of any consequence, but considerable local trade. Friday is market-day; and fairs for horses, cows, and sheep, are held on June 22d, and Tuesday after October 10th. Here are a branch of the Stourbridge and Kidderminster banking company; also of the Warwick and Leamington banking company. The dean and chapter of Worcester, who possess the manorial rights, hold a court annually, when a constable is appointed. Shipston is one of the polling-places for the eastern division of the county.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Shipston-upon-Stour – a market town, in the hundred of Oswaldslow, upper division, detached from the county, having Gloucestershire on one side, and Warwickshire on the other; containing 314 inhabited houses. Its name is descriptive of its situation upon the river, and its having been one of the largest sheep markets in the kingdom. Here was formerly a large manufacture of shags, carried on by a Mr. Harte, who left a considerable property to his nephew, on condition that he should continue to carry on the concern for the benefit of the place, but which he soon declined. The living is a rectory, with Tidmington annexed; Rev. John Jones, D.D. incumbent; instituted 1795; patron, Dean and Chapter of Worcester, one turn, and Jesus College, Oxford, two turns. Population, 1801, 1293 – 1811, 1377 – 1821, 1562.

Source: orcestershire 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.

Laird Description of Worcestershire 1814

Shipston-upon-Stour, whose name is descriptive of its situation upon that river, is in the parish of Tredington, lying quite detached from the body of the county, and occupying an extent of nine miles in length, and nearly two in breadth, along with Tidmerton, Aldermaston, &c.

This town is situated in a very improved district, consisting in general of small fields and small farms, well cultivated; even the pastures are enclosed by neat hedge-rows; and the whole shew that considerable attention is paid to agriculture. Yet the town cannot boast much of its appearance, having a great number of small poor looking houses, with streets badly paved; whilst the stone walls, and the thatch in some places, give it a cold bleak appearance. Tredington is the mother church; of course this is but a chapel or chantry. The town formerly belonged to the priory of Worcester, and is now the property of the Dean and Chapter.

Several attempts have been made to establish manufactures, but without any permanent success. A Mr. Harte once carried on a considerable work in the manufacture of Shaggs, and is said to have realized a fortune of 20,000l; three-fourths of which he bequeathed to a nephew, an condition of his carrying on the trade for the benefit of the place, on which principle he himself is said to have done it for several years: but the nephew soon found out some more profitable mode of disposing of the money.

The Market is on Friday: and here are two annual Fairs; one on the 22d of June; the other on the first Tuesday after the 10th of October; and both for horses, cows, and sheep.

Source: A Topographical and Historical Description of the County of Worcester, by Mr. Laird. Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and George Cowie and Co. successors to Vernor, Hood, and Sharp, 31, Poultry, London. Printed circa 1814.


Marriages at Shipston-on-Stour 1572 to 1812

Note. – The entries are contained in two volumes; the older, of unwieldy dimensions, is of parchment, and has from time to time been added to and rebound as occasion demanded, it measures 17 by 7 inches and contains 153 pages. The entries of Baptisms and Burials extend from 1572-1797, while Marriages reach from 1572-1754. The handwriting is in some instances equal to good mediaeval work, and almost all is neat and legible. Some of the Burial entries are curious enough to deserve mention, thus :-

“Georgius Rudge seipsa bombarada fellonica interfecit, 14 Jan. 1674.”

“Elizabeth Thornel, widow, was buried at ye upper end of the highway leading from Custard Land through ye plow of ground Commonly called Horsefair for having hanged herself ye day before, she was blind and 86 years of age, June 25, 1695.”

“March 15, 1695. John Wareing for his honest living I cannot but mention among the Christian dead who was by his relations put in the ground like a dog in ye Quakers Meeting House Yard.”

These extracts have been made by the Rev. J. M. Bloom, and are printed with the consent of the Rector, the Rev. D. Lloyd, after collation with the originals.

Marriages at Shipston-on-Stour 1572 to 1812 –


Shipston-on-Stour Marriages 1806 to 1812

Shipston-on-Stour Marriages 1800 to 1806

Shipston-on-Stour Marriages 1796 to 1799

Shipston-on-Stour Marriages 1790 to 1795

Shipston-on-Stour Marriages 1785 to 1789


Online Directories

Bentley’s Directory of Shipston-upon-Stour 1840 –

Directory Transcriptions

Shipston upon Stour, Brails & Neighbourhoods Pigot and Co’s National Commercial Directory 1835

Shipston-upon-Stour Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820


  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Shipston on Stour
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Rector of Tredington with Shipston upon Stour
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Kineton
  • Poor Law Union: Shipston on Stour
  • Hundred: Oswaldslow
  • Province: Canterbury

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