Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Worcester St Helen Ancient Parish. A separate parish by 1269. Included a chapel at Little Witley, which was a separate Civil Parish in 1866 [25]


O.S. Ref: SO829626
6½ miles west of Droitwich along the A4133
Little Witley is a chapelry, 2 miles west. [57]

Parish Church

St. Martin

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1963 [5]
  Marriages 1539-1966 [5]
  Burials 1538-1963 [5]
  Banns 1754-1812, 1823-1962 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1813-37 [27]
  Christenings & Burials 1754-1812 [27]
  Marriages 1813-37 [27]
  Burials 1813-37 [27]
  General 1538-1754 [27]
Originals Marriages 1539-1975 [12]

The registers of burials are said to include entries for Little Witley. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1609 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1538-1875

Register Copies

St. Martin: Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1538-1837

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St Martin Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1837

At Society of Genealogists [68]
HOLT (St. Martin) : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1538-1837 [Microfiche.] Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1998 Author Wright, Betty (transcriptions)

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
HOLT (St. Martin) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990 Author Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (transcriptions) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St.Martin's 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 1660-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls 1729-58; View of frankpledge, presentment and list of inhabitants owing suit of court 1774-5

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Overseers accounts 1796-1878
Churchwardens & constables accounts 1664-1756
Constables accounts 1718-1907
Two rate books 1847-57

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Holt C E (Controlled)
Log Book - 1900 - 31 - Ref: BA 4157
Log Book - 1932 - 63 - Ref: BA 3968
Mixed and Infants' Dept. Admission register - 1902 - 63 - Ref: BA 4166

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:

HOLT, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 6 miles (N.N.W.) from Worcester, containing, with the chapelry of Little Witley, 657 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £15. 17. 8½ . Lord Foley was patron in 1811. The church, dedicated to St. Martin, is a good specimen of the early style of English architecture. Some remains of a castle, erected by the Beauchamps, are still visible. A bridge of five arches, two hundred and sixty-six feet in length, has been erected over the Severn: the span of the central arch, which is of iron, is one hundred and fifty feet, and its height above the level of the river, at low water, thirtyfive feet; the other arches, two at each end, are, of stone.

Last Updated: 21/10/2016