Catshill

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Chadshill [57]

In the early 18th century nailmaking came to Catshill, which traditionally had been an agricultural area. The trade was practised in small shops or sheds attached to the cottages. By about 1830 machine-made nails were well established and from there on the hand-made trade began to decline.
A.E.Housman was born at Fockbury, a hamlet in Catshill parish.

Status

Ecclesiastical Parish [25]
Created in 1844 from Bromsgrove Ancient Parish. [25]
In 1895 it was included in the civil parish of North Bromsgrove. [11]

Location

O.S. Ref: SO957740
2 miles north of Bromsgrove
Bourne Heath is a hamlet [57]

Parish Church

Christ Church, Stourbridge Rd.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [1] [25]

Poor Law Union

Bromsgrove [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1839-1988 [5]
  Marriages 1862-1985 [5]
  Burials 1845-1962 [5]
  Banns 1862-1970 [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1845 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

[19]

    Coverage
Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1839-1875
  Marriages 1862-1882

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68]
CATSHILL : Christenings & Burials 1841-47 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998

Nonconformist

At Worcestershire Archives [30]
Little Catshill Baptist Chapel: Births1828-1834 Christenings1830-1836

At Society of Genealogists [68]
BROMSGROVE (Catshill Baptist chapel) : Christenings 1830-37 [Microfiche.] Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1988 Author Partington, E V (trans.) Source D: BMSGH & M R Babar.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Shop
Cemetery
Christchurch and War Memorial

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Cemetery
Christchurch and War Memorial

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
Christchurch and War Memorial

At Society of Genealogists [59] :-
CATSHILL (Cemetery) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 14 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 14 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1991 Author Bushell, L (transcriptions) Author Farmer, G R (transcriptions) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry CATSHILL (Christ church & war memorial) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1991 Author Farmer, G R Author Bushell, L G Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Catshill see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Catshill War Memorial

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:

1851 61(Part) 71 81 91 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1901(Bromsgrove North) at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Register of services 1917- 70
Annual Vestry Meeting Book 1845-1970
Parochial Church Council Meeting Book 1931-60
Account Book 1929-37
2 deeds & abstract of Title re property in Catshill, Housman, Headley & other families 1857-71
Symposium of tributes to A.E.Housman, limited edition copy 164 1936

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Catshill School
Boys Dept Log book - 1891 - 1919 - Ref: BA 1618/13
Infants' and Girls' Dept Log book - 1870 - 97 - Ref: BA 1618/9
Infants' Dept Log books (2 vols) - 1880 - 1926 - Ref: BA 1618/11 - 12
Mixed Dept Log book - 1869 - 91 - Ref: BA 1618/8

Catshill Methodist Sunday School
Attendance records - 1935 - 64 - Ref: BA 7405/12
Star register roll - 1952 - 61 - Ref: BA 7405/12

Middle School
Attendance registers - 1968 - 85 - Ref: BA 10866/ 1 - 7
Pupils record cards - [1940s] - 70s - Ref: BA 10866/ 8 - 12
Register of school meals - [1950] - 54 - Ref: BA 10866/ 13 (ii) - (iii)

A handlist of the records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here

Last Updated: 07/11/2012