Originally a chapel in Chapel/Ancient Parish at Knightwick (The Knightwick chapel was appropriated to Worcester Priory and was a separate parish by 1535). 'Kenswick' was in ruins by the late 18th century and considered an extra-parochial. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1858. Ecclesiastically severed in 1908 & transferred to Wichenford Ancient Parish, the area so transferred included in 1910 in the creation of Broadheath Ecclesiastical Parish from Wichenford Ancient Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO792582
4½ miles N.W. of Worcester along the B4204

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Extra-parochial [28] [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25]

Poor Law Union

Martley (1861-1930) [3] [25]

Census Records

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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:

1851 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]


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

KENSWICK, a chapelry in the parish of KNIGHTWICK, lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 4½ miles (N. W. by W.) from Worcester, containing 15 inhabitants.

Last Updated: 27/07/2012