A hamlet in Great Malvern Ancient Parish, being the area of that parish not in Great Malvern Urban District. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1894 and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1866 from the Great Malvern Ancient Parish and Madresfield Ancient Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO813453
3 miles east of Great Malvern on the B4211

Parish Church

St. Mary the Virgin
St. Mary’s, Guarlford was built in 1844 as a Chapel of Ease and was served by curates from Malvern Priory.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [11] [25]


Lower Pershore [11]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn (1894-1930)[ [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

No Parish Registers held at Worcestershire Archive. The original registers are still at the church.

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1868 Worcestershire Archive [22]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St. Mary the Virgin Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW1 Roll of Honour at St. Mary the Virgin 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,, 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 Archive, 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:

1851 71 81 1901 at Worcestershire Archive [14]

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archive [50]
Rhydd Green: Court rolls 1606-9

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archive:
Guarlford School
Log book - 1900-46 - Ref: BA 531/7

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.

Other Sources

A number of local history books relating to the Malvern area are listed by the Malvern Family History Society on their website. More details can be found at ( The list includes:

The Guarlford Story The Guarlford History Group 2005 ISBN 0-9550498-0-6

Last Updated: 18/10/2016