Headless Cross


Ecclesiastical Parish [25]
Created in 1850 from Headless Cross hamlet, part of Crabbs Cross hamlet, part of Ipsley Ancient Parish in Worcestershire & Tardebigge Ancient Parish. Ecclesiastical boundary altered in 1950, including to help create Astwood Bank with Crabbs Cross, together with part of Feckenham Ancient Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SP038658

Parish Church

St. Luke, Evesham Rd., Headless Cross, Redditch

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings C1850-1968 [5]
  Marriages M1850-1979 [5]
  Burials B1850-98 [5]
Originals Banns 1925-65 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

At Worcestershire Archives [22]
Begin 1907

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Redditch (St. George), Headless Cross (St. Luke)

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Redditch (St. George), Headless Cross (St. Luke)

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
Redditch (St. George), Headless Cross (St. Luke) & Crabbs Cross (St. Peter) : Worcestershire monumental inscriptions vol. 13 [Typescript.]- Published Birmingham : Birmingham Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1994 - Author Farmer, G R (trans.)

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at the Bridge Church, formerly St Luke's Church, see:

For the names of those included on a WW1 Memorial at Headless Cross Methodist 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 51 at Worcestershire Archives [14]
For 1851 see Ipsley
1851 71 91 Stratford upon Avon Library & Information Centre
Warwickshire 1891 census returns: Alcester registration district RG 12/2480-2483 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003 Society of Genealogists

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
St Luke's C E Schools, Headless Cross
Log book. Girls' Dept - 1885 - 95 - Ref: BA 8843/1 (i)
Log book. Infants' School - 1897 - 1912 - Ref: BA 8843/1 (i)
Log books Infants' School - 1912 - 67 - Ref: BA 8843/1 (ii) - 2 (i)
Note This school is now known as The Vaynor First School

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.

Last Updated: 20/10/2016