Descriptive Notes

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal passes through the centre of the village. The Cookley Tunnel, built by James Brindley (c.1770) for the canal traffic, is 65 yards long and is the oldest in Worcestershire. It passes under Bridge Road in Cookley Village


O.S. Ref: SO842802
2½ miles north of Kidderminster along the A449

Parish Church

St. Peter

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

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


Lower Oswaldslow [11]

Poor Law Union

Kidderminster [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1849-1975 [5]
  Marriages 1849-1975 [5]
  Burials 1849-1975 [5]
  Banns 1849-1966 [5

Bishops' Transcripts

'A scattered few' Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1849-1885
  Marriages 1849-1895

Register Copies

COOKLEY (St. Peter): an index created from The Cookley Parochial Magazine [including Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1877-86, 1890-1903, details of prizes, donations etc.]: Yesterday's names [CD-ROM] IN: Yesterday's names: St. Peter's Cookley (near Kidderminster), Worcestershire, 1877-86, 1891-1903 [CD-ROM] Published Chichester Yvonne Graves 2005 Source D: E Probert.
Society of Genealogists [68]

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

List of headstones in churchyard Worcestershire Archives [51]

War Memorials

For a War Memorial in the name of William Hancocks at St Peter's Church see:

For a War Memorial at St Peter's Church see:

For a memorial to W A Curtis at St Peter's Church who died in the Falklands Campaign 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:

See Wolverley at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Cookley Methodist Church Sunday School
Roll book and Summaries - 1890-99 - Ref: BA 11789/2(ii)

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.

Last Updated: 13/10/2016