Grafton Manor


Originally a chapel in Bromsgrove Ancient Parish, it was separate early 13th century as an extra-parochial. A separate Civil Parish in1858. Abolished ecclesiastically in 1908 to help create Dodford Ecclesiastical Parish. Abolished civilly in 1933, part to help create Dodford with Grafton Civil Parish and part to Bromsgrove Urban District & Civil Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO939692
1½ miles S.W. from Bromsgrove on the A38

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Extra Parochial [1]


Upper Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich (1837-1862); Bromsgrove (1863-1930) [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Bromsgrove, Stoke Prior, Upton Warren [1]


Roman Catholic Chapel: Births/Christenings 1722-45, 1796 & 1806-43 Christenings 1843-63 Marriages 1839-62 Deaths 1806-30. Communicants 1807-30 Confirmations 1807-50 (gaps) & 1855.

Grafton Manor Chapel was a private chapel of the Earls of Shrewsbury. It was used for Catholic worship until 1858 when a new church was begun at Bromsgrove. Worcestershire Archives [30]

Census Records

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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 71 91 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls 1427-1648; Court rolls, presentments and other documents 1427-1685; Rentals 1453/4-1490/1; Plan 1871; Survey 1871


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

GRAFTON-MANOR an extra-parochial liberty, in the upper division of the hundred of HALFSHIRE, county of WORCESTER, l¾ mile (W.S.W.) from Bromsgrove, containing 45 inhabitants. The ancient mansion of the Earls of Shrewsbury at this place was nearly destroyed by fire in 1710, and the only part now remaining is the hall, but this is sufficient to show its former splendour. There is a Roman Catholic chapel, which has been recently repaired and ornamented by the present earl.

Last Updated: 25/07/2012