O.S. Ref: SO860661
About 4 miles N.W. of Droitwich, off the A442 turning west at Hampton Lovett

Parish Church

St. Mary

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Upper Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1704-1966 [5]
Marriages 1704-1965 [5]
Burials 1704-1966 [5]
Banns 1755-1907 [5]
Originals Banns 1824-1928 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1704-1875
Marriages 1704-1872
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1615-1700 (54%)

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1813-1966

At Society of Genealogists [68]
DOVERDALE : Christenings(I) 1704-1875 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973 Author Genealogical Society of Utah (transcription.)

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]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1704-1966 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Other Sources

Through changing scenes of life : a millennium of history in Ombersley & Doverdale Published Leominster : Orphans Press, 1999 Author Roelofsz, Eugene Source Review.Society of Genealogists


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

DOVERDALE, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, 3¼ miles (N.W. by W.) from Droitwich, containing 60 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £5. 3. 6 ½, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty. The Rev. George Thomas was patron in 1807. The church is dedicated to St. Mary.

Last Updated: 23/07/2012