Descriptive Notes

Now called Tenbury Wells


Ancient Parish [25]
The township of 'Tenbury' (Tenbury Borough) was in Worcestershire (Doddingtree Hundred) as was the chapel at Kyre Magna, which ecclesiastically was called 'Kyre Wyard', a separate parish by 1535. Included in Herefordshire (Wolphy Hundred) was the chapel at Rochford, which was transferred to Worcestershire (Doddingtree Hundred) in 1844 for civil purposes and was a separate Civil Parish in 1866 in Worcestershire, so that Tenbury was entirely Worcestershire from 1844. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO594683
On the Shropshire border of the county, 22 miles N.W. of Worcester & 16 miles S.W. of Kidderminster on the A456
The parish of Tenbury is divided into two parts, called the Town and the Foreign, with the hamlets of Berrington, 2 miles west, and Sutton, 1 mile S.E. [57] [44]

Parish Church


Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford until 1876, Archdeaconry of Ludlow & Diocese of Hereford (1876 - *) [25]


Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Tenbury [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Little Hereford (Herefordshire), Burford (Shropshire); Knighton on Teme; Rochford; Hanley Child; Kyre Magna; Bockleton; Leysters (Herefordshire); Middleton on the Hill (Herefordshire); Brimfield (Herefordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1653-1967 [5]
  Marriages 1654-1967 [5]
  Burials 1653-1967 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1754-93 [27]
  General 1655-1779 [27]
Originals Marriages 1654-1983 [12]
  Banns 1824-1956 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

At Herefordshire Recprd Office

Transcripts at Worcestershire Archives: 1662-1718 [27]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Baptist Births / Christenings 1820-1836

Register Copies

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


Cross St Baptist: Births 1820-1836 Worcestershire Archives [30]

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Register of graves, 1919 & extension to graveyard, 1919-29 (microfilm) Worcestershire Archives [51]

TENBURY : Monumental Inscriptions: in Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 [Manuscript.] IN: Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 Published , Nd. Author Bloom, J Harvey (transcription.) Society of Genealogists [59]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a WW1 Memorial at St. Mary's Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 Memorial at St. Mary's Church see:

For a War Memorial to Henry Berkeley Murray at St. Mary's Church see:

For a War Memorial to John Berkeley Murray at St. Mary's Church see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Tenbury Church of England School in Bromyard Road see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial for St Michael's C of E school now in Tenbury St Michael's Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW1 Memorial in Tenbury St Michael's Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 Memorial in Tenbury St Michael's Church see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial in Tenbury St Michael's Churchyard see:

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:
1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

At Society of Genealogists :-
Herefordshire 1851 census consolidated index of the registration districts in the county of Herefordshire [including some out of county entries found in cross county districts] [Microfiche.] - Published : Herefordshire FHS, 1999 - Author: Hamden, John ed.

Herefordshire 1851 census index [CD-ROM] - Published Herefordshire FHS - Author: Herefordshire FHS (comp.)

Herefordshire 1851 census returns : Tenbury registration district HO 107/2040 [Microfilm.] - Published London : Public Record Office, 1996

Worcestershire 1851 census index HO 107/2040 : Tenbury registration district [Microfiche.] - Published , 1997 - Edition Privately published - Author Friend, A F (trans.)

Worcestershire 1851 census returns : Tenbury registration district HO 107/2040 [Microfilm.] - Published London : Public Record Office, 1996

Worcestershire1861 census returns : Tenbury registration district RG 9/2083-2084 [Microfilm.] - Published London : Public Record Office, 1996

Herefordshire 1891 census index [CD-ROM] - Published Herefordshire FHS 2002 - Author Herefordshire FHS (comp.)

Worcestershire 1891 census returns: Tenbury registration district RG 12/2319 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1653-1862 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Sutton: Court rolls 1529, 1563-99 some gaps; Extent [c.1550]
Sutton Sturmey: Court rolls 1718-27; Plan 1778; Survey 1778

Parish Records on microform

at Worcestershire Archives [13]
Inventory of church furniture & ornaments 1865-1914
Register of graves 1865-1919

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Sunday School Tenbury Baptist Chapel
School register - 1901-06 - Ref: BA 8299/8

Tenbury C E School
Admission register - 1877-1947 - Ref: BA 11825/1(i) (v)

Tenbury Infants' School
Admission register. Note: This volume includes a manuscript copy of the scripture syllabus. - 1899-1911 - Ref: BA 11825/1(ii)
Summary of attendances register - 1891-1947 - Ref: BA 11825/1(v), 2 (ii)-(iv)

Tenbury National School
Admission register - 1906-11 - Ref: BA 11825/1(iii)
Summary of attendances register - 1905-12 - Ref: BA 11825/2(i)

Tenbury St. Michael's C.E. School
Log book - 1875-1923 - Ref: BA 531/17

Tenbury St. Michael's College
Register of [admissions] of probationers, boarders and commoners - 1857-1916 - Ref: BA 9796

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

History of St. Michael's College Tenbury Published London Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge 1943 Author Alderson, M F ed Author Colles, H C ed Acc. no. 110503 Source D: M Herber. Location Schools shelves Shelf mark SCH/OUS Society of Genealogists


Extracts from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

TENBURY, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, comprising the market town of Tenbury, and the hamlets of Berrington, Sutton, and Tenbury-Foreign, and containing 1668 inhabitants, of which number, 1008 are in the town of Tenbury, 22 miles (N. W. by W.) from Worcester, and 134 (N.W. by W.) from London. The town is situated on the southern bank of the river Teme, from which it derives its name, having been originally called Temebury. It consists chiefly of three streets, leading respectively to Worcester, Bromsgrove, and Cleobury-Mortimer, partially paved, and the houses in general but indifferently built.

The surrounding country is rich, and very productive of hops and apples, and great quantities of cider and perry are made, forming a principal source of trade: there is also a considerable malting trade, and a tannery. A canal, commenced in 1794, originally intended to extend from Leominster to Stourport, but not completed the whole distance, passes within half a mile of the town. The river Teme, which here separates Worcestershire from Shropshire, is crossed, at the northern entrance into the town, by a bridge of six arches

The market, granted by Henry III in 1249, is on Tuesday; the building for the corn market is an ancient structure, but the butter-cross is more recent. Fairs are on April 22nd, May 1st, July 18th, and September 26th.

Petty sessions are held once in two months and a court leet and court baron by the lord of the manor.

The living is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Rochford annexed, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, rated in the king's books at £21, and in the patronage of the Rev. George Hall. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was rebuilt in 1777, the old building having been swept away by a flood, in November 1770 : it is a spacious and neat edifice, having formerly had a chantry attached to it, which was valued, at the period of the suppression, at £5. 0. 6. per annum. There is a place of worship for Particular Baptists.

The National 'school was founded in 1816, and is supported by voluntary contributions. The principal charity arises from some houses and lands given by Mr. Philip Baylis, which having been let by the feoffees in 1767, on lease for ninety-nine years, at a rental of £7. 10. per annum, little benefit is derived from them. Races are held, annually in July, on a good course about a mile south of the town.

TENBURY-FOREIGN, a hamlet in the parish of TENBURY, upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, containing 260 inhabitants.

Last Updated: 03/11/2016