Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel appropriated to Worcester Priory. A separate parish by 1535. Included a chapel at Kenswick which was in ruins by late 18th cent & considered extra-parochial & became a separate Civil Parish in 1858. Knightwick abolished ecclesiastically circa 1655 to help create Knightwick with Doddenham Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


9 miles west of Worcester along the A44 on the Herefordshire border of the county

Parish Church

Knightwick and Doddenham are separated by the River Teme. Both St. Andrew, Doddenham & St. Mary, Knightwick parish churches were pulled down in the 19th century. A new St Mary's was built in 1856 on the north side of the river to serve both. To the south of the river the old St Mary's church site was used to build a mortuary chapel in 1879.

O.S. Ref:
St.Mary, Knightwick SO734560
St. Mary's was declared redundant on 27 February 2003. [80]
Site of St.Andrew, Doddenham SO752563
Mortuary Chapel (at site of old St Mary;s Church, Knightwick) SO728552

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


In Lower Oswaldslow though locally in Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28] [44]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Whitbourne (Herefordshire); Doddenham; Lulsley; Suckley; Kenswick (Chapelry of Knightwick); Hallow; Wichenford [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1539-1964 [5]
  Marriages 1542-1962 [5]
  Burials 1617-1963 [5]
  Banns 1756-1811, 1825-1963 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1756-1811
Book is bound with Doddenham
  General 1539-1685, 1695-1812 [27]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1813-1875
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1539-1812
  Marriages 1544-1811; 1814-1880

Register Copies

Christenings 1538-1812 Marriages 1538-1812 Burials 1538-1812 Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office [71]

KNIGHTWICK : Christenings 1539-1812, Marriages 1542-47, 1556-62, 1573-96, 1614, 1622-40, 1659, 1664-75, 1693-1811, Burials 1614-94, 1702-55, 1768-1812; inventory of church goods 1732, memorandum 1708 Published London, 1891 Author Wilson, Joseph Bowstead (transcriptions.) ed. Society of Genealogists [68]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St.Mary's Church now in Knightwick Chapel see:

For the names of those included on Knightwick War Memorial at the Village Hall see:

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 1660-1812 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Mapnors: Survey and plan [early 18th cent.]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Surveyors' accounts & vestry minutes 1757-1923

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Knightwick and Doddenham C E School(s)
Log Book - 1888 - 1959 - Ref: BA 2600

Knightwick C E School
Admission register - 1947 - 59 - Ref: BA 3777

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.


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

KNIGHTWICK, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, though locally in the upper division of the hundred of Doddingtree, county of WORCESTER, 5½ | miles (E.) from Bromyard, containing, with the chapelry of Kenswick, 170 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £13. 33. 4, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary: the two daughters of Colonel Lane, who were supposed to have been instrumental in secreting Charles II, on his flight from Worcester, are interred in it. There is a curious knife, for cutting the sacramental bread, with an agate handle, given about one hundred and fifty years since for the use of the church, by Mr. Clent. There is a chapel of ease at Doddenham, in this parish.

Last Updated: 26/10/2016