Descriptive Notes

Hanbury Hall is an early 18th century country house, garden and parkland. Completed in 1701, it is a William & Mary style house and is famous for its beautiful painted ceilings and staircase by Sir James Thornhill. It is now in the care of the National Trust.


O.S. Ref: SO954644
4½ miles east of Droitwich along the B4090
Broughton Green is 2¼ miles south; Stock Green 4 miles south.[57]

Parish Church

St. Mary the Virgin

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Peculiar of the incumbent [1] Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [25]


Middle Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1577-1977 [5]
  Marriages 1577-1970 [5]
  Burials 1577-1897 [5]
  Banns 1754-1813, 1826-99, 1902-47 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1716-1836 [27]
  General 1577-1715, 1716-1837 [27]
Originals Banns 1902-74 [12]


The registers of baptisms 1958 onwards, marriages 1958 onwards & burials 1897 onwards were stolen in 1962. A copy was made of the marriage register 1958-62. Baptism entries for 1958-77 have been made in volume 2 of the Parish Registers. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1577-1875
  Marriages 1577-1754

Register Copies

At BMSGH Shop :-
Part 1: Christenings, Marriages & Burials1577-1715
Part 2: Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1716-1837

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St Mary The Virgin Baptisms. Marriages. and Burials. 1577-1715
St Mary The Virgin Baptisms. Marriages. and Burials. 1716-1837
St Mary The Virgin Part 2 Births, Marriages, Burials 1716-1837

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office [71]
Christenings 1577-1837 Marriages 1577-1837 Burials 1577-1837

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
HANBURY : Christenings 1716-1837 [Typescript.] Published , 1962 Source D: D W Parkes

HANBURY (St. Mary the Virgin) : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1577-1715; cotributions to the redemption of English captives in Turkey 1670: Worcestershire registers, vol. 2 IN: Worcestershire registers, vol. 2 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1983 Author Harris, A D (transcriptions) Source D: BMSGH HANBURY (St. Mary the Virgin) : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1716-1837 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1987 Author Oulett, E (transcriptions) Source D: BMSGH

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Hanbury Parish Church

At Worcestershire Archives [51] :
St Mary Monumental Inscriptions
Inscriptions on gravestones & monuments, St. Mary's church
Graves and inscriptions in old burial ground

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a memorial at St Mary the Virgin Church see:

For the names of those included on Hanbury War Memorial see:

For a War Memorial to Hubert Edward Vernon 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 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]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1837 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Account roll 1378; Compotus rolls - various years - 1369-1500;
Court rolls, extensive records between the following years 1375-93, 1420-99, 1500-99, 1600-72 and 1741-66 (abstracts), Schedule of court rolls 1194-1502 [18th cent];
c.55 letters, receipts and other papers relating to the fee farm rent of the Manor of Hanbury;
List of closes to be kept separate [1521];
Surveys [16th cent], 1741-66;
A rate for sheep within [the manor of Hanbury] 1602;
2 rolls of suitors 1624-63; Roll of suitors [17th cent.];
Rent roll 1653, [17th cent.]; Alphabetical rent roll [18th cent];
Warrant to the bailiffs to collect fines and amercements 1666;
Acquittance of areas of rent 1667;
Warrant to levy amercements1682-4;
Names of assarts and cottages (2 copies) 1680;
List of tenants [17th cent.];
List of presentments [late 17th cent.]; [18th cent];
Customs of the Manor [17th cent];
List of chief rents 1729;
Appointment of warrener 1722;
By-laws and ordinances made at the Court Leet and Court Baron 13 October 1653 and 22 April [1672];
Hanbury Juxta Wyche: Compotus rolls - various dates 1371-1396; extensive records 1401-1502, 1524-25

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Vestry meeting minutes 1895-67
Register of services 1879-97, 1902-70
This includes a note re opening of Vernon crypt 1953
Churchwardens accounts & overseers accounts of the Poor Accounts 1743-1808
Churchwardens accounts 1808-1926

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Broughton (Green)
Log book - 1868 - 1900 - Ref: BA 9805 / (i)

Broughton Green C E
Log books - 1900 - 21 - Ref: BA 9805 / (i) (ii)

Hanbury C E
Log book - 1903 - 34 - Ref: BA 2587

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

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Hanbury People - A guide to the inhabitants of Hanbury 1577-1900 (includes 1841 and 1851 censuses, 1841 Tithe award, and Mon Inscriptions)

At Society of Genealogists
An introduction to people of property - Published Bishop Auckland : Pentland Press, 1999 - Author: Armitage, R D

Hanbury Hall Worcestershire Published London The National Trust 1981 Author A M Source D: S Turner


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

HANBURY, a parish in the Middle division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 4 miles (E. by N.) from Droitwich, containing 1042 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, rated in the king's books at £29. 16. 8, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Rector, but wills are always proved in the presence of the Bishop's registrar at Worcester, and are deposited in the registry there: it is in the patronage of T. T. Vernon, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, stands upon a very lofty eminence: it is in the early, decorated, and later, English styles of architecture, and contains some elegant monuments .to the Vernons; The Birmingham and Worcester canal passes through the parish, and in the neighbourhood is a salt spring. The Rev. Thomas Vernon, in 1627, founded a charity school in this parish, and Thomas Vernon, Esq., in 1711, gave certain lands towards its support, besides £300 for apprenticing poor children.

Last Updated: 19/10/2016