Ancient Parish [25]
Including chapel at Norton juxta Kempsey, which had a separate civil identity early and was a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in1781 & a chapel at Stoulton, which had a separate civil identity early and was a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1794 [25]


O.S. Ref: SO849491
4 miles south of Worcester on the A38
Napleton, ½ mile east; Kerswell, 1½ miles S.E.; Stonehall, 2 miles east are hamlets. [57]

Parish Church

St.Mary the Virgin

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Worcester. [1] Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1688-1980 [5]
  Marriages 1690-1975 [5]
  Burials 1688-1950 [5]
  Banns 1754-1812 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1690-1812 [27] [20]
Originals Marriages 1690-1986 [12]
  Banns 1823-1911, 1934-66 [12]

Marriages 1896-1906 are missing. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1688-1875
  Marriages 1608-1687; 1690-1885
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1608-1640 (75%); 1660-1687

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Worcestershire Parish Registers Marriages Vol.1 - Kempsey 1690-1812, Alderminster 1641-1812, Offenham 1543-1812

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office [71]
Marriages 1690-1812

Society of Genealogists [68] :
KEMPSEY : Marriages 1690-1812: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 22 - Worcestershire, vol. 1 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 22 - Worcestershire, vol. 1 Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1901 Author Phillimore, W P W ed. Author Carter, W F ed.

KEMPSEY (St. Mary) : Marriages 1967-75, Burials 1874-1950 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984
uthor 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]
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage and burial records, transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K., are available at:

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: 1690-1812

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St. Mary

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St. Mary

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St. Mary

At Society of Genealogists [59]
KEMPSEY (St. Mary) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 7 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 7 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990 Author Stratford, J et al. (transcriptions.) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

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

Census Records,, and 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 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 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 1688-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Compotus rolls 1508-9, 1514-5, 1521-6, 1661-2; Court books 1724-78, 1779-1888; Note book containing lists of holdings 1857; Court papers 1765-1811; Court rolls 1394-1656 (with gaps); Rentals [1577 or 1578], 1585, 1598, 1622; 1695-1702, 1759-69, 1769-1805; Rent rolls 1681; Manor books 1781-1860, 18th cent; Stewards' accounts 1808-33; Surveys, valuations, manor books, rent rolls etc 17th-19th cents; Accounts 17th-18th cents Kempsey with Aston Episcopi: Court rolls

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Boys' School Log Books - 1871 - 1918 - Ref: BA 1038 / 2
Girls' School Log Books - 1871 - 94 - Ref: BA 1038 / 3
Infants' School Log Books - 1873 - 1919 - Ref: BA 1038 / 1

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

The Winslows of Kempsey : in Family history tracts, vol. 51 - Published Kempsey, 1953 - Author Winslow, Kenelm D Society of Genealogists


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

KEMPSEY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 4¼ miles (S.) from Worcester, containing 1129 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £6. 18. 9, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The village is agreeably situated near the eastern bank of the river Severn, and contains several genteel dwellinghouses. There is an unendowed free school, in which ten boys are taught to read and write. A monastery which existed here so early as 799 was subsequently united to the church of Worcester. At this place Henry II held his court; and in 1265, shortly before the battle of Evesham, Simon de Montfort was quartered at the Bishop's palace here, with his prisoner, Henry III. Near to the church are the remains of an ancient encampment.

Last Updated: 25/10/2016