Little Malvern


Ancient Parish
A separate parish from the Dissolution [25]


O.S. Ref: SO770403
3 miles south of Great Malvern on the A449

Parish Church

St. Giles
Little Malvern Priory, in Malvern, Worcestershire, was a Benedictine monastery c.1171-1537. Little remains of the 12th century church, which was rebuilt in 1480-82. The Little Malvern Priory church is adjacent.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


In Lower Oswaldslow though locally in Lower Pershore [44] [11] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Hanley Castle; Welland; Castle Morton; Ledbury (Herefordshire); Colwall (Herefordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1691-1972 [5]
  Marriages 1695-1996 [5]
  Burials 1691-1971 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1813-37 [27]
  Marriages 1748-1836 [27]
  Burials 1813-29 [27]
  General 1691-1811 [27]
  Banns 1758-99 [27]
Originals Banns 1758-97 [12]

1691 seems to be the earliest extant register. The bishops' transcripts date back to 1615.[5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1615 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1691-1836
  Marriages 1695-1836

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Little Malvern St Giles Baptisms Marriages and Burials 1691-1837

At Dudley Archives & Local History Service
Transcript: MF1691-1837

At Society of Genealogists [68]
MALVERN, LITTLE (St. Giles) : Christenings & Marriages 1691-1836, banns 1758-1809, Burials 1691-1838 [Typescript.] Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Nd. Author Hodgson, Aileen M (transcriptions.) ed.

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:

1841-71 1891 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1691-1837 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls [1581-95], 12 March [1554/5]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Parochial Church Council Minute Book 1928-48

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Little Malvern R C School
Log book - 1927 - 31 - Ref: BA 1246

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.

Other Sources

A history of Malvern - Published Stroud : Sutton Publishing Ltd, 1978 - Author: Smith, Brian S Society of Genealogists


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

MALVERN (LITTLE), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW though locally in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 5¼ miles (W. by N.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 67 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, endowed with £1200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Mrs. Wallman. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, has been long in decay, part of it forming a beautiful and interesting ruin; it belonged to a Benedictine priory, a cell to the abbey of Worcester, founded in 1171, in a gloomy cavity near the ancient intrenchment termed the Herefordshire Beacon, by two brothers, Joceline and Edred, who were successively priors here: at the dissolution its revenue was valued at £102. 10. 9. Adjoining the church are some remains of the conventual buildings, converted into a dwelling-house, called Malvern Court. There is a Roman Catholic chapel in the parish.

Last Updated: 26/01/2016