Dudley St John

Descriptive Notes

This parish is known as Kates Hill


O.S. Ref: SO952901

Parish Church

St. John,St. John's Rd., Kate's Hill, Dudley

The church opened in 1840 but was closed in 2002 on safety grounds. It has an extensive graveyard approaching two and a half acres and contains the graves of many notable people including William Perry 'The Tipton Slasher' and Marion Richardson the famous art and handwriting teacher.
It has since been shown to be fully repairable and is also now a Grade II listed building. A Preservation Group was formed in 2007 to save, re-open, restore and maintain the Church.
Following a feasibility study the Preservation Group has been invited to apply to lease the building. It is proposed to submit a business plan in 2012.

[See details at: http://www.savestjohnschurch.zoomshare.com/]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

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

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

No Parish Registers held at Worcestershire Archives. The original registers are at Dudley Archives & Local History Service See below

Register Copies

At Dudley Archives and Local History Service:

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1844-1940 [82]
  Marriages 1844-1933 [82]
  Burials 1844-1931 [82]
Transcripts Burials 1844-69 [82]
Originals Christenings 1844-1992 [82]
  Marriages 1844-1981 [82]
  Burials 1844-1989 [82]
  Banns 1914-[51]

The baptisms register for 1953-57 does not appear to have survived.

For earlier registers see St Thomas' Dudley

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St.John Kates Hill

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St.John Kates Hill

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
DUDLEY (St. John) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 14 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 14 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Nd. Author Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (transcription.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a WW1 Memorial at St. John the Evangelist Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 Memorial at St. John the Evangelist Church 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. See Dudley St Thomas

Last Updated: 15/10/2016