Originally a chaplery in Worcestershire (Pershore Hundred) but in Tewkesbury Ancient Parish, which otherwise was in Gloucestershire (Tewkesbury Hundred). A separate civil identity in Worcestershire. (Tewkesbury entirely Gloucestershire thereafter). Ecclesiastically donative. A separate parish no later than 1817.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO875343
On the Gloucestershire border of the County, 1½ miles N.W. of Tewkesbury along the A438

Parish Church

St. Peter

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Queenhill; Ripple; Twyning (Gloucestershire); Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire); Forthampton (Gloucestershire); Longdon [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1988 [5]
  Marriages 1538-1988 [5]
  Burials 1538-1987 [5]
  Banns 1813-46 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1539-1837 [27] [21]
  General G1538-1812 [27]
Originals Banns 1797-1812
(Listed under LONGDON)

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1812-1875
  Marriages 1548-1843
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1538-1812 (100%)

Register Copies

Christenings & Marriages 1538-1812; Burials 1538-1680, 1696-1812

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Bushley Christenings & Marriages 1538-1812. Worcester Parish Record Society

At Dudley Archives & Local History Service
Transcript: 1538-1812

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office [71]
Christenings 1538-1812; Marriages 1539-1812 & 1539-1837; Burials 1538-1678, 1679-95 &1696-1812

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
BUSHLEY : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1538-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972

BUSHLEY : Marriages 1539-1643, 1653-1837: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1910 Author Phillimore, W P W ed.

BUSHLEY : Marriages(I) 1651-75: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

BUSHLEY (St. Peter) : Christenings and Burials 1538-1812, Marriages 1539-1643, 1653-88, 1694-1812 [Microfiche.] Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Nd. Author Rusling, J (trans.)

BUSHLEY (St. Peter) : Christenings and Burials 1538-1812, Marriages 1539-1643, 1653-88, 1694-1812; briefs 1670-92; misc notes BUSHLEY (Upton Deanery) : Christenings and Burials 1538-1812, Marriages 1539-1643, 1653-88, 1694-1812; briefs 1670-92; misc notes Published : Worcestershire Parish Register Society, 1913 Author Rusling, J (trans.) Edition Privately printed

At [FreeREG]
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage and burial records, transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K., are available at: http://www.freereg.org.uk/cgi/Search.pl

FreeREG is a new project. The database currently contains a few million records only, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database.

The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Christenings: 1538-1812 Marriages: 1539-1837 Burials:1538-1812

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives
St.Peter [51]
Transcript: MIs 1889 (indexed) [27]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
BUSHLEY (St. Peter) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 2 Published , 1983 Author Elms, Lucilie (trans.)

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]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Bushley School
Lists of scholars, diary and accounts of schoolmaster - 1761-1806 - Ref: BA 9107/4(iv)
Log book - 1916-48 - Ref: BA 797

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

The Bushley, Longdon, Queenhill & Holdfast parochial almanack & year book 1888, 1897, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912 (in 10 parts), with Tewkesbury directory for 1910 IN: Dowdswell family (spine) Published Tewkesbury : William North, Nd. Society of Genealogists


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

BUSHLEY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 2¼ miles (N. W.) from Tewkesbury, containing 366 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, endowed with £400 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of T. Dowdeswell, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. Here is a small charity school, supported by Miss Dowdeswell. The eastern boundary of this parish is formed by the river Severn, into which the Avon falls from the opposite side, below Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire.

Last Updated: 25/01/2016