At the beginning of the 19th century Astwood Bank, Crabbs Cross and Hunt End were small villages on the outskirts of Redditch and part of the large ecclesiastical parish of Feckenham.
By 1881 the population had grown to about 2500 persons and a chapel of ease was built at Astwood Bank. The first part of the building was completed and consecrated on the 11th August 1884, with the building being extended to its present size and approximate layout by 1923.
Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester 
Upper Halfshire 
Poor Law Union
Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives
Astwood Bank Baptist Church:
Christenings1813-1950; Burials1800-77 (gaps) Worcestershire Archives 
Originals: Marriages1946-79 Worcestershire Archives 
The following all at Worcestershire Archives 
Alcester & Astwood Baptist Church: Births 1788-1837 Deaths 1801-06 Burials1800-37
Note: Alcester is in Warwickshire & Astwood was part of Feckenham. Alcester was the mother church. No pre-1837 register of marriages was kept. Between 1801 & 1813 the minister was minister for both Alcester & Astwood. From 1813 he was minister of Astwood only.
A volume containing a list of persons buried, plan of burial ground & list of graves: 1845-87
Register of members: 1813-50
Astwood was a daughter church of Alcester Baptist Church. It had ceased to be used as a place of worship by 1990.
Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents
At BMSGH Shop
St.Matthias & St.George BMSGH Shop
At BMSGH Reference Library 
St Matthias and St George
At Society of Genealogists 
ASTWOOD BANK (St. Matthias & St. George) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1991 Author Farmer, G R (trans.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry
At Worcestershire Archives 
Persons buried at Baptist church, with plan of burial ground & list of graves (1845-57)
For the names of those included on Astwood Bank War Memorial see:
For the names of those included on Astwood Bank Baptist Church WWII Memorial, now in Cookhill Baptist Church, see:
All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.
Access to the library edition of Ancestry.co.uk is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.
A free-to-view site is being developed at freecen.org.uk for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.
Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.
Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:
The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Astwood Bank British School
Log book - 1870 - 87 - Ref: BA 191
Astwood Bank C P School
[formerly Infants', Girls' and Boys' Schools]
Log books - 1878 - 1944 - Ref: BA 5244
Astwood Bank Council School
Log book, Boys' Dept. - 1926-78 - Ref: BA 11134
The records of schools and other educational establishments in this parish are detailed in a handlist available at Worcestershire Archives. The list refers to original documents so you will need to note the reference number and contact staff.
Last Updated: 06/10/2016