Ancient Parish [25]
Including a chapel at Huddington. (Huddington was originally a chapel in Worcester St Helen Ancient Parish but early considered a chapel in Crowle. Huddington was a separate parish from Crowle probably in 1570.) [25]


O.S. Ref: SO922559
5 miles east of Worcester & 6 miles S.E. from Droitwich

Parish Church

St. John the Baptist (formerly dedicated to St. Peter [15])

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

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


Partly in Upper Halfshire, but chiefly in Middle Oswaldslow [44]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1539-1998 [5]
  Marriages 1539-1992 [5]
  Burials 1539-1963 [5]
  Banns 1911-63 [5]
Originals Banns 1825-55, 1911-65 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings C:1539-1875 (93%)

Register Copies

St. John the Baptist: Christenings 1539-1855 Marriages 1539-1885 Burials 1539-1890

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St John the Baptisms, Baptisms 1539-1855, Marriages 1539-1885, Burials 1539-1890

At Society of Genealogists [68]
CROWLE (St. John the Baptist) : Christenings 1539-1855, Marriages 1539-1645, 1659, 1662, 1665-1885, Burials 1539-1640, 1663-1890 [Microfiche.] Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1997 Author Somerton, K et al. (transcriptions)

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St. John the Baptist

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St. John the Baptist

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St. John the Baptist

At Society of Genealogists [59]
CROWLE (St. John the Baptist) : Monumental Inscriptions; baptismal roll 1953-70 [Microfiche.] Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Nd. Author Somerton, Dr K W S Source D: J Todd. CROWLE (St. John the Baptist) : Monumental Inscriptions; baptismal roll 1953-70: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 6 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1987 Author Somerton, K W Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St. John the Baptist Church see: St John the Baptist Church

For the names of those included on a war memorial at Crowle School see: School

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, and 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 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 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 1539-1925 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Manor books 18th and 19th cents
Crowle and Bredicot: Manor Court books (draft) 1812-19

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Crowle inclosure award accompanying plan 1808

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Crowle C E School
Log books - 1864-1925 - Ref: BA 1827
A handlist of the records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here.

Other Sources

A brief history of the parish church of Saint John the Baptist, Crowle, Worcestershire Published 1990 Author McMullon, S J Source D: L Weinstein.
Society of Genealogists


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

CROWLE, a parish partly in the upper division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, but chiefly in the middle division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 65 miles (S. by E.) from Droitwich, containing 461 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £16, and in the patronage of the Rev. R. Harrison, M.A. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. On entering the parish from Worcester, there is a beautiful range of hills, forming an amphitheatre, and commanding extensive prospects. Crowle Court, the interior of which clearly shews it to have been a religious house, is a very ancient edifice, surrounded by a deep moat. In the neighbourhood, are considerable quarries of a blue stone, which burns into excellent lime.

Last Updated: 13/11/2012