Areley Kings

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Areley Regis, King's Areley and Lower Arely [11] [44]


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Martley Ancient Parish. A separate parish by 1535 although there are 17th century references to its continued dependence. Abolished civilly in 1933, part to Astley Ancient Parish & part to Stourport Rural District & Civil Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SO802710
Areley Kings is a village in the Severn Valley, 1 mile S.W. of Stourport-on-Severn on the A451, the River Severn forming the boundary between Areley Kings and Stourport
Dunley and Oakhampton are 1 mile S.W. Coney Green is ½ mile N.W. [57]

Parish Church

St. Bartholomew

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1539-1919 [5]
  Marriages 1539-1941 [5]
  Burials 1539-1893 [5]


Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1539-1835
  Marriages 1539-1895
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1608-1700 (54%)


Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St. Bartholomew

At Society of Genealogists [59]
ARELEY KINGS : Monumental Inscriptions: in Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 1 [Manuscript.] IN: Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 1 Published , Nd. AuthorBloom, J Harvey (trans.)

ARELEY KINGS (St. Bartholomew) : Monumental Inscriptions Published 2009 Author Morris, Brian (comp.) Author Llewellyn, Francesca (comp.) Source D: F Llewellyn

War Memorials

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

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

For the names of those included on a war memorial at Areley Kings School see:

For the names of those included on Areley Kings war memorial see:

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, 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, includingWorcestershire 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]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1893 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Areley: Court roll 1753-78

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Notes re members of Riley family of Manchester 1787-90

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:

ARELY-KING'S, or LOWER ARELY, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, ¾ of a mile (S. W. by W.) from Stourport, containing 358 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £9, and in the patronage of the Rector of Hartley. The church, which is situated on an eminence, whence there is a remarkably fine and extensive prospect, is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. In the burial-ground is a rude sepulchral monument, composed of oblong square stones, piled on each other, and bearing a quaint rhyming distich, importing that a person named Sir Harry lies interred beneath it. Who Sir Harry was, has not been satisfactorily ascertained; but an affecting story is related of an individual who was driven into seclusion here, from the loss of an only female child, that was drowned by falling from his arms, as he held her at a window, into a moat beneath, and who is supposed to have been interred here. At Redstone Ferry, on the river Severn, which forms a boundary of this parish, is a very high rock, in the side of which was excavated a hermitage, consisting of a chapel with an altar and some apartments: over the altar was painted a figure of an arch-bishop saying mass; in 1736, several human bodies, supposed to have been those of the hermits, were discovered. Layamon, author of a poetical Chronicle of British History, from Brute to Cadwallader, who states himself to have been a priest residing at Erenlege on the Severn, and who lived in the latter part of the twelfth century, is said to have been born here.

Last Updated: 05/10/2016