Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished civilly in 1894, the part in the Malvern Link Urban District was created Mathon Urban Civil Parish, and the remainder created Mathon Rural Civil Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO734458
2 miles west of West Malvern on the Herefordshire side of the Malvern Hills

Parish Church

St.John the Baptist

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1905, Diocese & Archdeaconry of Hereford (1905 - *) [1] [25]


Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Ledbury (1836-94) [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Cradley (Herefordshire); Leigh; Great Malvern; Hanley Castle; Colwall (Herefordshire); Coddington (Herefordshire); Bosbury (Herefordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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Coverage Source
Originals Banns 1754-1812, 1837-1943 [12]

No Parish Registers are held at Worcestershire Archives.

Malvern St James was created in 1844 from Mathon, Leigh, Cradley & Colwall. It was later called West Malvern. The originals are at Herefordshire Record Office.[5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1613-1808; 1813-1875
Marriages 1613-1836

Register Copies

Christenings 1631-1808, 1813-1943 Marriages 1631-1754, 1754-1836 Burials 1631-1808, 1809-93 Herefordshire Record Office
Banns: 1837-1943 Herefordshire Record Office

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
MATHON : Christenings 1631-1808, Marriages 1631-1753, Burials 1631-1807 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979

MATHON : Christenings 1814-1943, Marriages 1754-1943, Burials 1809-93 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St.John the Baptist : Monumental Inscriptions by the Malvern Family History Society at (

MATHON (St. John the Baptist) : Monumental Inscriptions Published Malvern Family History Group 2003 Author Ainsworth, Joan et al (transcriptions.) Source D: Malvern FHG Society of Genealogists [59]

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 at Worcestershire Archives [14]
1851 - 81 Herefordshire Record Office

At Society of Genealogists:-
Herefordshire 1851 Census Index : Ledbury Registration District [Worcestershire part] [Microfiche.] - Published Hereford : Herefordshire FHS, 1998 - Author Herefordshire FHS (comp.)
Herefordshire 1851 census returns : Ledbury registration district HO 107/1975 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003
Herefordshire 1891 census returns: Ledbury registration district RG 12/2051-2053 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003


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

MATHON, a parish in the lower, division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 7 miles (N. by E.) from Ledbury, containing 633 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8, endowed with £1200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Last Updated: 01/08/2012