Ancient Parish[25]
Mostly Warwickshire (Barlinchway Hundred), partly Worcestershire (part of the hamlet at Crabbs Cross and the hamlet at Headless Cross. The two areas were ecclesiastically severed 1850 to help create Headless Cross Ecclesiastical Parish [Worcestershire, Warwickshire], the area civilly in Redditch Urban District, (otherwise entirely Worcestershire). That area created in1894 Upper Redditch Urban District to be in the Urban District in Worcestershire, so that 'Ipsley' was entirely in Warwickshire 1894-1931.)
The parish transferred in 1931 to Worcestershire. Abolished ecclesiastically in 1933, part to Redditch St. George Ecclesiastical Parish and part to Redditch Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SP066666
Now part of Redditch

Parish Church

St. Peter, Ipsley Church Lane, off Icknield St Drive, Ipsley, Redditch

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921-33 [25]


Part Alcester division of Barlichway, Warwickshire, part Halfshire, Worcestershire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Alcester [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Beoley; Studley (Warwickshire); Coughton (Warwickshire); Feckenham; Redditch [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1615-1964 [5]
  Marriages 1615-1976 [5]
  Burials 1608-1897 [5]
  Banns 1754-96, 1823-90, 1932-74 [5]
Transcripts Christenings &
1765-1804 (Extracts) [27]
Originals Banns 1932-87 [12]


The registers were damaged when the church safe was broken into. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1701-1885
  Marriages 1615-1885
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1601-1700 (48%)

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
IPSLEY : banns 1932-74 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982

IPSLEY (St. Peter): Burials 1608, Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1615-1712, Christenings 1716-1804, 1813-96, Marriages 1716-1976, Burials 1716-1804,1813-1977, banns 1754-96, 1823-89, tithe account book 1743-97 [Microfilm.] Published Worcester Worcestershire Archives 2002


Roman Catholic
St. Mary's of Mount Carmel RC:
Christenings 1834-1910 & 1910-27 Marriages 1852-1913 & 1914-45 Deaths 1852-84 , 1885-1918 & 1918-65 Confirmations 1923-38 (gaps) Marriage details 1911-64 (gaps)Worcestershire Archives

War Memorials

For a War Memorial to Harry T Daffin at St Peter's Church see:

For a War Memorial to Geoffrey Gilbert Freeth at St Peter'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:

1851 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1851-91 Redditch Library

1841- 1901 Warwickshire County Record Office

1841-1891 Stratford upon Avon Library & Information Centre

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.

Other Sources

Transcript: Accounts books etc 1615-1730 Worcestershire Archives [27]


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

IPSLEY, a parish in the Alcester division of the hundred of BARLICHWAY, county of WARWICK, 6¼ miles (N. by W.) from Alcester, containing 745 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £ 11.10.7½ , and in the patronage of the Rev. T. Dolben Dolben. The church is dedicated to St. Peter.

Last Updated: 24/10/2016