Castlemorton

Status

A chapel in Longdon Ancient Parish. It had separate civil identity early. It became a separate Ecclesiastical Parish 1880 as 'Castle Morton'.[25]

Location

O.S. Ref: SO795372
4 miles south of Malvern Wells

Parish Church

St. Gregory

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]

Hundred

Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Little Malvern; Welland; Longdon; Berrow; Birtsmorton; Eastnor (Herefordshire); Ledbury (Herefordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1558-1878 [5]
  Marriages 1651-1953 [5]
  Burials 1558-1931 [5]
  Banns 1754-96
c30 marriage licences and
banns certificates 1916-69
[5]
       
Originals Banns 1867-19[41] [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1609 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

[19]

    Coverage
Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1558-1878
  Marriages 1654-1753
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1609-1641; 1660-1700 (74%)
  Marriages 1609-1700 (92%)

Register Copies

CASTLE MORTON : Marriages(Index) 1609-41: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd. Society of Genealogists [68]

CASTLEMORTON : Marriages 1609-41 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Photocopy.] Published , 1928 Author Challen, W H (transcriptions) Society of Genealogists [68]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St. Gregory's Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Castlemorton St Gregory's Church

Census Records

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:

1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Visitors book 1932-77
Assessment for the relief of the poor, Rate book Oct 1877
The Winbury Dole List of recipients of gifts of bread, 1869-1911
Letter book of correspondence between trustees of Castlemorton Church & Poor Lands with the Charity Commissioners 1868-73
Letter book of correspondence between trustees of Castlemorton Church & Poor lands & the Poor Law board 1869-73
C15 deeds re Castlemorton & Castlemorton School 1692-1920
C10 faculties & associated documents 2oth cent.
Inventory of ornaments & other goods 1870
C30 Insurance papers & letters mainly re Castlemorton Church, 20th cent.
C100 letters, accounts, receipts etc, re restoration of Castlemorton Church, Castlemorton School & the creation of Holly Bush parish 1871-1972
C25 letters, wayleave agreements etc. re Vicarage 1955-58

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Castlemorton School
Log book - 1870-1914 - Ref: BA 1037/1
A handlist of other records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here.

Other Sources

A number of local history books relating to the Malvern area are listed by the Malvern Family History Society on their website. More details can be found at (www.mfhs.org.uk). The list includes:

CASTLEMORTON FARMER John Rayner Lane 1798 – 1871. ISBN 0 9529366 0 7 - Author & publisher, Pamela Hurle. Illustrations by Charles Grant

Directories

An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

CASTLE-MORTON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 5 miles (W. S. \V.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 788 inhabitants. The living is a discharged perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Longdon, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £ 5. 8. 6 ½ . The church, dedicated to St. Gregory, is a very ancient structure, with a fine old tower and steeple: opposite to it is an artificial mound, fifty feet high, surrounded by a moat, or ditch, supposed to have been thrown up to protect the church during the civil war in the reign of Charles I. There are charitable bequests for the poor amounting to about £30 per annum.

Last Updated: 13/11/2012