Sometimes early called 'Potters Hanley' 
Ancient Parish 
In 1836 Malvern Wells Ecclesiastical Parish was created from Hanley Castle Ancient Parish.
In 1894 South Malvern Civil Parish was created from that part of Hanley Castle in Great Malvern Urban District. In 1896 a further part of Hanley Castle Ancient Parish was lost to South Malvern Civil Parish as the enlarged area of the latter was renamed "Malvern Wells Civil Parish".
O.S. Ref: SO839419
1½ miles N.W. of Upton-upon-Severn
Blackmore End is a hamlet, 3 miles N.W. of Hanley and 1 mile S.E. from Great Malvern. Rhydd is 2 miles north [along the B4424]. 
Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
|Parish Registers||Births / Christenings||1538-1875|
At BMSGH Shop
Hanley Castle & Hanley Swan - Parish Records & Bishops Transcripts 1538-1740
At BMSGH Reference Library 
Hanley Castle and Hanley Swan parish records and Bishops' Transcripts 1538-1740
At Society of Genealogists  :-
HANLEY CASTLE (St. Mary) & HANLEY SWAN (St. Gabriel) : Births 1538-1739, Marriages 1539-83, 1599-1619, 1627-39, 1650-1739, Deaths 1538-84, 1591-1641, 1653-1740 [Microfiche.] Published Nd. Source D: J Lampitt
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage and burial records, transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K., are available at: http://www.freereg.org.uk/cgi/Search.pl
FreeREG is a new project. The database currently contains a few million records only, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database.
The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Burials: 1885-91
Further records may have been added since this posting
Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents
For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Mary's Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Hanley Castle St Mary's Church
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:
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Parish Records on microform
The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Photograph of School pupils - c. 1885 - Ref: BA 10161
Hanley Castle Grammar
Photographs - late 19th - 20th century - Ref: BA 8763 / 4 (i)
Hanley Castle High
Admission registers - 1906 - 25 - Ref: BA 1033
Photograph - late 19th - 20th century - Ref: BA 8763 / 4 (i)
St Mary's C E Infants'
Log book, Infants' and Girls' School - 1891 - 1929 - Ref: BA 8850 (i)
Log book, Infants' School. Note - this school closed in July 1981 - 1929 - 81 - Ref: BA 8850 (ii)
Hanley & the house of Lechmere - Published London : Pickering & Co., 1883 - Author Shirley, Evelyn Philip Society of Genealogists
An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831:
HANLEY-CASTLE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, l¼ mile (N. N. W.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 1424 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's-books at £12. 15. and in the patronage of Sir Anthony Lechmere, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a chapel for the Roman Catholics. Courts leet and baron are held annually. A school, founded by an ancestor of the family of Lechmere, is open to children of both sexes, who are supplied with books, and taught upon Dr. Bell's system: the endowment consists of land producing an income of £160 per annum, with a school-house and garden: the classics were originally taught, and the school had formerly two small exhibitions to Balliol College Oxford. The river Severn runs through the parish, on the margin of which there was a castle successively possessed by the Nevilles, Earls of Warwick, the De Spensers, and the Lechmeres: its remains have been converted into a farm-house.
Last Updated: 13/11/2012