Hanley William

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Upper Hanley [11]


Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished civilly in 1933 to help create Hanley Civil Parish. Abolished ecclesiastically in 1560 entirely to Eastham Ancient Parish. The original area of Hanley William, a chapel of ease to Eastham, ecclesiastically severed 1909 from the latter to help create Hanley William with Hanley Child Ecclesiastical Parish. Hanley William with Hanley Child Ecclesiastical Parish abolished in 1973 to help create Stoke Bliss with Kyre Wyard, Hanley William & Hanley Child Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SO673660
6 miles S.E. of Tenbury along the B4202

Parish Church

All Saints

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford until 1919, when transf to the Diocese of Worcester [5]


Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Tenbury [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Eastham; Orleton; Stanford on Teme; Upper Sapey (Herefordshire); Wolferlow (Herefordshire); Hanley Child [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1587-1991 [5]
  Marriages 1588-1954 [5]
  Burials 1586-1992 [5]
  Banns 1754-1815 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1586-1837 [27] [21]
Originals Banns 1825-1984 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

At Herefordshire Record Office

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1586-1812
  Marriages 1588-1812
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1813-1847
  Marriages 1813-1831

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Hanley William, Worcestershire Parish Register Society Parish Register of 1572-1812

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office [71]
Chapelry of EASTHAM: Marriages 1586-1837

At Society of Genealogists [68]:
HANLEY WILLIAM : Christenings & Burials 1662-1847, Marriages 1662-1837 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979

HANLEY WILLIAM : Marriages 1588-1672, 1680-1703, 1712-18, 1735-1834: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 100 - Worcestershire, vol. 2 Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1910 Author Phillimore, W P W ed.
HANLEY WILLIAM : MarriagesIndex 1651-75: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

HANLEY WILLIAM (chapelry of Eastham) : Christenings & Burials 1586-1812, Marriages 1588-93, 1600-05, 1613-32, 1644-66, 1680-1703, 1718, 1735-79, 1790-1811 Published Worcester, 1915 Author Lea, E E (transcriptions)

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: Marriages: 1588-1834

Further records may have been added since this posting

See also EASTHAM

War Memorials

For the names of those included on an Eastham & Hanley William School WW1 Roll of Service see:
http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Casualties/ListByMemorial/Eastham and Hanley William School WW1 Roll of Service

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 1660-1812 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls [1547]-1725; Presentment 1653

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Inclosure award & plan

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Eastham and Hanley William CE (Controlled)
Admissions registers - 1911 - 78 - Ref: BA 8341 / 1
Log books - 1878 - 1978 - Ref: BA 8341 / 1
Note - This school has been known by various names since it opened in 1878. Eastham NationalEastham & Hanley NationalEastham & Hanley CE ControlledEastham & Hanley CE Eastham & Hanley Eastham & Hanley PrimaryThe school closed in 1978

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:

HANLEY-WILLIAM, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, 6 miles (E. S. E.) from Tenbury, containing 124 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, rated in the king's books at£5. 7. 11 and in the patronage of the Rev. R. Whitehead. The church is dedicated to All Saints.

Last Updated: 26/01/2016