The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal passes through the centre of the village. The Cookley Tunnel, built by James Brindley (c.1770) for the canal traffic, is 65 yards long and is the oldest in Worcestershire. It passes under Bridge Road in Cookley Village
Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) 
Lower Oswaldslow 
Poor Law Union
Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
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COOKLEY (St. Peter): an index created from The Cookley Parochial Magazine [including Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1877-86, 1890-1903, details of prizes, donations etc.]: Yesterday's names [CD-ROM] IN: Yesterday's names: St. Peter's Cookley (near Kidderminster), Worcestershire, 1877-86, 1891-1903 [CD-ROM] Published Chichester Yvonne Graves 2005 Source D: E Probert.
Society of Genealogists 
Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents
For a War Memorial in the name of William Hancocks at St Peter's Church see:
For a War Memorial at St Peter's Church see:
For a memorial to W A Curtis at St Peter's Church who died in the Falklands Campaign 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:
Cookley Methodist Church Sunday School
Roll book and Summaries - 1890-99 - Ref: BA 11789/2(ii)
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: 13/10/2016