O.S. Ref: SO946587
5 miles S.E. of Droitwich
Shell, formerly a separate parish, for civil purposes was annexed to Himbleton in 1884; it is situated 1 mile north and consists of two farm-houses and a few cottages. Phepson, is a small hamlet about 1 mile north; Dunhamstead is a small hamlet 2 miles N.W. partly in [Himbleton parish] and partly in Oddingley. Shernall Green is another hamlet, 2½ miles N.W. [57]
Earls Common, 1 mile east; Saleway, 2 miles N.W. [11]

Parish Church

St.Mary Magdalene

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Middle Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1713-1963 [5]
  Marriages 1713-1963 [5]
  Burials 1713-1964 [5]
  Banns 1758-77, 1824-74, 1900-63 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1713-1812 [27] [21]
Originals Christenings 1713-1967 [12]
  Marriages 1713-1995 [12]
  Burials 1713-1992 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

At Worcestershire Archives [22]
Begin 1611

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1611-1700; 1711-1875 (100%)

Register Copies

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office [71]
Marriages 1713-1812

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
HIMBLETON : Christenings 1711-1812, Marriages 1713, 1717-1812, Burials 1719-1812 [Manuscript.] Published , 1900 Author Bradbrooke, William (transcriptions)

HIMBLETON : Marriages 1713-1812, banns 1754-77: 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.

HIMBLETON : MarriagesIndex 1713-1812: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

At [FreeREG]
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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: 1714-1812

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St.Mary Magdalene

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St.Mary Magdalene

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St.Mary Magdalene

At Society of Genealogists [59]
HIMBLETON (St. Mary Magdalene) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1991 Author Farmer, G R (transcriptions) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

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

For a World War II memorial to William H.R.Jenkins at St.Mary Magdalene Church see: http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/memorial/himbleton-st-mary-magdalene-church-jenkins-memorial/

For a World War II memorial to Albert Richard Carver Stephens at St.Mary Magdalene Church see: http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/memorial/himbleton-st-mary-magdalene-church-stephens-memorial/

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]
Shell in Himbleton
1871-91 Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1715-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Himbleton: Manor books 18th and 19th cents
Himbleton and Tibberton: Manor Court books (draft) 1812-1907

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Poor law papers 1732-1829
Parish accounts 1783-4
Churchwardens accounts book 1804-14, 1819-27
Churchwardens & overseers accounts book with vestry minutes 1684-1802
Overseers book of receipts and payments 1848-61
Rate book 1870
Register of apprenticeships 1799-1805
Acc of the population of Himbleton 1821

Schools Records

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:

HIMBLETON, a parish in the middle division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER 4½ miles (S.E.) from Droitwich, containing, with the hamlet of Shell, 482 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8.6. 10½ , and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

Last Updated: 20/10/2016