Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Chaddesley Corbett Ancient Parish. A separate parish by 1535.[25] [44]


O.S. Ref: SO862750
2 miles S.E. of Kidderminster & 7 miles N.W. of Bromsgrove on the A448
Hoo Brook is a hamlet 1 mile west ... partly in the Foreign of Kidderminster; Shenstone is a hamlet about 1½ miles south from the church; Dunclent is to the north. [57]

Parish Church

St. Mary

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]


Lower Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Kidderminster [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1601-1966 [5]
  Marriages 1601-1960 [5]
  Burials 1601-1966 [5]
Transcripts General G1601-1812 [27]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1754-1875
  Marriages 1754-1882

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Births, Marriages, Burials 1601-1812
Worcestershire Parish Registers Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1601-1812

St Mary: Christenings, Marriages & Burials1601-1812

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
STONE : Christenings 1601-1871, Marriages & Burials 1601-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966

STONE : Births 1907-65, Christenings 1871-1966, Marriages 1813-1960, Burials 1813-1966 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966

STONE (St. Mary) : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1601-1812, Marriages 1827-28 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1989 Author Potter, C (transcription.) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

For the names of those included on Hoo Brook War Memorial see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Mary's Church 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]

1851 census Worcestershire, vol. 2 Kidderminster : transcript & surname index: Chaddesley Corbett, Rushock, Stone, Broom, Churchill, Wolverley - Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1992 - Author: Friend, A F (trans.) Society of Genealogists

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

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

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Communicants Registers 1845-75
Stone Charity Account Book 1853-91
Overseers of the Poor Accounts 1824-71
Churchwardens Accounts 1825-85
Stone School Charity Accounts 1853-80
Account Book 1872-80
Charity Minute Book 1873-87
Report of charities 1896
Notes on selected parish records by John Amphlett of Clent, 1904, with selected records numbered 1-194, 15th - 18th cent
Deeds, charity, poor law & other papers selected & segregated by Amphlett, numbered 1-46, 14th-19th cent. Poor law accounts 17th & 18th cent, numbered 47-234
Deeds relating to Stone charity numbered 235-242, 17th - 19th cent
Memorial & particulars of messuages etc. belonging to the poor of Stone, numbered 243 1711
Deed relating to parochial charity no.244 - 1883, 245 - 1889
Charity deeds no 246-249 1853-69
Order of Exchange - Stone Charity no 250 - 1910
Deeds re property, coal, clay & ironstone mines in Old Swinford Nos 251-253 1817-18

Schools Records

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:

STONE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 2¼ miles (S.E. by E.) from Kidderminster containing 464 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £15, and in the patronage of the Crown. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains, over the northern door, some small remains of Norman architecture: this was formerly a chapelry in the parish of Chaddesley-Corbet. There are two spinning-mills in the parish. The free school, founded pursuant to the will of the Rev. Mr. Hill, B. D., is endowed with upwards of twenty acres of land, and a house for the master. This parish possesses a valuable charity of unknown origin, consisting of some land, near Stourbridge, containing clay for making fire-bricks, and producing, on an average, nearly £700 per annum, which, with the dividends of about £5000 three per cent, stock, is applied to repairing the church, and for charitable purposes.

Last Updated: 23/10/2016