Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Longdon Ancient Parish but a separate parish probably circa 1232-33 [25]


O.S. Ref: SO800311
Near the Gloucestershire border of the county, 8½ miles S.W. of Upton-upon-Severn
Corse Lawn, is a district in this parish, about 2 miles east. [57]

Parish Church

St. John Baptist

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Pendock; Berrow; Forthampton (Gloucestershire); Chaceley; Tirley (Gloucestershire); Corse (Gloucestershire); Staunton; Redmarley D'Abitot [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1718-1961 [5]
  Marriages 1718-1969 [5]
  Burials 1718-1960 [5]
  Banns 1754-93 [5]
Originals Banns 1824-1966 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]
Transcript : BTs 1611-1717 Worcestershire Archives [27]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Marriages 1611-1700
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1611-1640; 1660-1700 (63%)

Register Copies

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: 1611-1754, 1813-80, Marriages: 1611-1754, 1813-1920, Burials: 1611-1812, 1831-1920

Further records may have been added since this posting

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]

Gloucestershire 1851 Census index & transcription, vol. 19 : HO 107/1974 - [Tewkesbury registration district] Deerhurst, Overbury & Tewkesbury sub-districts: Index to the 1851 Census for Gloucestershire [Microfiche.] - Published Gloucestershire FHS, 1999 - Society of Genealogists

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1718-1867 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Rentals 38 Hen.VI [1460], 1642-49; Presentments, chief rents etc 1700-1837; Court rolls 1315-1693, 1731-3

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Eldersfield C E School
Log books - 1907-40 and 1951 - Ref: BA 1205

Eldersfield Sunday School
Class registers - [1920's] and 1922-24 - Ref: BA 10285

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 by Samuel Lewis 1831:

ELDERSFIELD, a parish forming, with the parishes of Chaseley and Staunton, a distinct portion of the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 7 miles (W. by S.) from Tewkesbury, containing, 743 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8. 16. 8, and in the patronage of Sir Anthony Lechmere, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, has a handsome spire. There is a place of worship for dissenters, also a charity school, supported-by subscription.

Last Updated: 25/01/2016