Rock

Descriptive Notes

Usual civil spelling is 'Rock'; usual ecclesiastic spelling is 'Rock with Heightington' [25]

Status

Ancient Parish [25]
Heightington was a chapelry of Rock [5]

Location

O.S. Ref:
Rock SO732712; Heightington SO767712
Rock 5 miles S.W. of Bewdley, 2 miles east of Clows Top. Heightington is 2 miles east of Rock

Alton is a hamlet 2 miles north. Heightington is a chapelry in the parish of Rock, 3 miles S.W. from Bewdley and 3 miles west from Stourport. Lower Norchard is 1½ miles south; Gorst Hill is 2 miles N.W. [57]
Bliss Gate 1 mile N.W. [11]

Parish Church

St. Peter & St. Paul
St.Giles is a chapel of ease at Heightington

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford until 1876, Archdeaconry of Ludlow & Diocese of Hereford (1876-1919), Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester (1919-1921), Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921-1973), Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester (1974 - *) [25]

Hundred

Lower Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Cleobury Mortimer [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Kinlet (Shropshire); Bewdley; Ribbesford; Areley Kings; Abberley; Pensax; Lindridge; Mamble; Bayton; Cleobury Mortimer (Shropshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]
Rock

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1548-1964 [5]
  Marriages 1548-1963 [5]
  Burials 1548-1964 [5]
  Banns 1754-1812 [5]
Transcripts General 1547-1812, 1738-1812 [27]
Originals Marriages 1548-1994 [12]
  Banns 1870-1941 [12]

Heightington

    Coverage Source
Microform Marriages 1907-71 [5]
Originals Marriages 1907-93 [12]
  Banns 1941-72 [12]

Rock with Heightington

    Coverage Source
Transcripts General 1547-1600, 1601-41 [27]

Rock Mission Church- Originals only held at Worcestershire Archives [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Herefordshire Record Office

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

[19]

    Coverage
Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1548-1641; 1653-1654; 1678-1875
  Marriages 1548-1654; 1678-1895
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1661-1678
  Marriages 1661-1678

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Rock Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1548-1765 Baptisms and Burials 1766-1802, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1801-1812 Marriages 1754-1812 and Banns
Rock Marriages 1934-1963 Baptisms 1957-1964

Rock Heightington Chapel Marriages 1907-1971 Banns 1941-1972 Services 1918-1960

At Society of Genealogists [68]
Hereford Diocese marriage licence registers 1663-96, 1709-1843 [with contemporary indexes] [Microfilm.] - Published Salt Lake City Genealogical Society of Utah

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Shop
Rock, St.Peter
Heightington, St.Giles

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Heightington, St Giles
Rock, St.Peter

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
Rock, St.Peter
Heightington, St.Giles

At Society of Genealogists [59]
ROCK (St. Peter) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 15 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 15 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1994 Author Bewdley Historical Research Group (transcript.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Soc. for Genealogy & Heraldry

HEIGHTINGTON (St. Giles) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 15 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 15 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1994 Author Bewdley Historical Research Group (transcript.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Soc. for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on Rock War Memorial see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Rock War Memorial

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Peter's & St Paul's Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Rock St Peter and St Paul's Church

For a War Memorial to Fred Bird at St Peter's & St Paul's Church see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Rock St Peter and St Paul's Church Bird Memorial

For the names of those included on a War Memorial to Rock Council School pupils now at Rock Village Hall see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Rock Council School now in Rock Village Hall

Census Records

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:

1841 51 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1851 - 91 Shropshire Archives

Shropshire 1891 census returns: Cleobury Mortimer registration district RG 12/2091-2092 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003 Society of Genealogists

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Rock: Court rolls 1750 - early 19th cent.
Stildon: Court roll 1373 /4-1377
Stildon and Hollin: Court roll 1345-50
Worsley: Court rolls 1750, 1687, 1635/6, 1676, 1623

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens accounts 1766-1824
Overseers of the poor accounts 1804-14
List of churchwardens 1730-95
Copy of deed 1768
Legal opinions etc 1769
Overseers of poor accounts 1764-74
Vestry Meeting Minutes 1767-99; 1800-25; 1814-24; 1839-46; 1825-55 (pt)
Vestry Meeting signed Minutes 1825-29
Vestry Meeting Minutes, inc. disbursement of clothing to the poor and churchwardens accounts (pt) 1825-55
Vestry Meeting Minutes with Churchwardens accounts 1855-1905
List of overseers 1730-1843
Overseers of Poor Accs 1813-45
Church rate book 1859
Account book of school charities, offerories & bazaar 1862-9
Unnamed committee re: restoration of the tower of Rock parish church signed minutes with list of some parishoners 1929-32
Rock with Heightington
Heightington - Register of services 1918-60. Vestry meetings & parochial church council signed minutes 1924-33
Church accounts 1924-64
C8 faculties, letter, subscription lists & other papers 1900-64

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Heightington C P School
Log books - 1871 - 1957 - Ref: BA 2199

A handlist of other records of schools and of other educational establishments held by Worcestershire Archives for this parish can be found here.

Other Sources

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Rock Churchwarden accounts 1825-1905 Church Rate Book 1859 School account 1862-1869 Church Restoration 1929-1932 and Parishioner list

Rock Heightington Chapel Vestry Minutes 1924-1933 Church accounts 1924-1964, Papers 1900-1968

Directories

Extracts from Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

ROCK, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, 4¾ miles (S.W. by W.) from Bewdley, containing, with the hamlets of Alton, Hightington, Lindons, and Snead, 1266 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, rated in the king's books at £17. 11. 8. Mr. Woodhull and others were patrons in 1812. The church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is very ancient. There is a charity school, the salary of the master being paid out of the crown rent.

HEIGHTINGTON a chapelry in the parish of Rock, lower division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, 4 miles (S.W.) from Bewdley. The population is returned with the parish. The chapel is dedicated to St. Giles.

Last Updated: 06/01/2014