Hanley Castle

Descriptive Notes

Sometimes early called 'Potters Hanley' [25]


Ancient Parish [25]
In 1836 Malvern Wells Ecclesiastical Parish was created from Hanley Castle Ancient Parish.
In 1894 South Malvern Civil Parish was created from that part of Hanley Castle in Great Malvern Urban District. In 1896 a further part of Hanley Castle Ancient Parish was lost to South Malvern Civil Parish as the enlarged area of the latter was renamed "Malvern Wells Civil Parish".


O.S. Ref: SO839419
1½ miles N.W. of Upton-upon-Severn
Blackmore End is a hamlet, 3 miles N.W. of Hanley and 1 mile S.E. from Great Malvern. Rhydd is 2 miles north [along the B4424]. [57]

Parish Church

St. Mary

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Great Malvern; Severn Stoke; Earls Croome; Ripple; Upton upon Severn; Welland; Little Malvern; Colwall (Herefordshire); Mathon [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1966 [5]
  Marriages 1539-1989 [5]
  Burials 1538-1966 [5]
Transcripts Christenings C1538-1739 [27]
  Marriages M1538-1739 [27]
  Burials D1538-1740 [27]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1538-1875
  Marriages 1539-1885

Register Copies

Hanley Castle & Hanley Swan - Parish Records & Bishops Transcripts 1538-1740

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Hanley Castle and Hanley Swan parish records and Bishops' Transcripts 1538-1740

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
HANLEY CASTLE (St. Mary) & HANLEY SWAN (St. Gabriel) : Births 1538-1739, Marriages 1539-83, 1599-1619, 1627-39, 1650-1739, Deaths 1538-84, 1591-1641, 1653-1740 [Microfiche.] Published Nd. Source D: J Lampitt

At [FreeREG]
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The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Burials: 1885-91

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At Worcestershire Archives [12]
Copy of inscriptions in the churchyard

War Memorials

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

For the names of those included on a WWI Memorial for Hanley Castle Grammar School now Hanley Castle High School see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 Memorial for Hanley Castle Grammar School now Hanley Castle High School 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 1661-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court roll [1376]; Extent [c.1550]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens accounts 1835-1945
Inclosure award & plan 1818
Transcript of parish register 1538-1812 with index. [20th cent] 1929

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Hanley Castle
Photograph of School pupils - c. 1885 - Ref: BA 10161

Hanley Castle Grammar
Photographs - late 19th - 20th century - Ref: BA 8763 / 4 (i)

Hanley Castle High
Admission registers - 1906 - 25 - Ref: BA 1033
Photograph - late 19th - 20th century - Ref: BA 8763 / 4 (i)

St Mary's C E Infants'
Log book, Infants' and Girls' School - 1891 - 1929 - Ref: BA 8850 (i)
Log book, Infants' School. Note - this school closed in July 1981 - 1929 - 81 - Ref: BA 8850 (ii)

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

Hanley & the house of Lechmere - Published London : Pickering & Co., 1883 - Author Shirley, Evelyn Philip Society of Genealogists


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

HANLEY-CASTLE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, l¼ mile (N. N. W.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 1424 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's-books at £12. 15. and in the patronage of Sir Anthony Lechmere, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a chapel for the Roman Catholics. Courts leet and baron are held annually. A school, founded by an ancestor of the family of Lechmere, is open to children of both sexes, who are supplied with books, and taught upon Dr. Bell's system: the endowment consists of land producing an income of £160 per annum, with a school-house and garden: the classics were originally taught, and the school had formerly two small exhibitions to Balliol College Oxford. The river Severn runs through the parish, on the margin of which there was a castle successively possessed by the Nevilles, Earls of Warwick, the De Spensers, and the Lechmeres: its remains have been converted into a farm-house.

Last Updated: 19/10/2016