Descriptive Notes

Leysters is the usual ecclesiastical spelling; Laysters is the usual civil spelling


A chapelry in Herefordshire (Wolphy Hundred) and in Tenbury Ancient Parish, which was Worcestershire and Herefordshire. It was a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1717 and had a separate civil identity early in Herefordshire as 'Laysters'. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO568633
4 miles S.W. of Tenbury on the A4112

Parish Church


Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford (1717-1876), Archdeaconry of Ludlow & Diocese of Hereford (1876-1972), Archdeaconry & Diocese of Hereford (1972 - *) [25]


Wolphy [44]

Poor Law Union

Leominster [3]

Adjoining Parishes

Tenbury; Bockleton; Pudleston (Herefordshire); Kimbolton (Herefordshire); Middleton on the Hill (Herefordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1703-1945 [5]
  Marriages 1703-1848 [5]
  Burials 1703-1963 [5]
  Banns 1754-1802
( a scattered few)

Bishops' Transcripts

At Herefordshire Record Office

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1660-1877
  Marriages 1662-1848

Register Copies

Banns: Originals 1824-1947 at Herefordshire Record Office

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
LEYSTERS : Christenings & Burials 1703-89, M 1703-54 [Manuscript.] Published , Nd. LEYSTERS : Christenings & Burials 1703-89, M 1703-54, plus index: in Herefordshire Parish Registers, vol. 2 [Typescript.] IN: Herefordshire parish registers, vol. 2 Published , 1967 Author Anon. (trans.) Source D: G Beaumont

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Herefordshire monumental inscriptions index, version 4 [CD-ROM.] - Published Herefordshire FHS 2005 - Author: Herefordshire FHS & Society of Genealogists [59]

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:

Herefordshire 1851 Census Index : Leominster Registration District: 1851 Census Index of the Registration District of Leominster in the County of Hereford [Microfiche.] - Published Hereford : Herefordshire FHS, 1994 - Author: Herefordshire FHS (comp.) Society of Genealogists

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens accounts 1793-1879

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 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

LAYSTERS, a parish in the hundred of WOLPHY, county of HEREFORD, 4 miles (S. S.W.) from Tenbury, containing 227 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford, endowed with £500 private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Rev. Thomas Elton Miller. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. An ancient ecclesiastical establishment here was connected with the priory of Shene in Surrey: there are still some vestiges of the buildings on a farm called the Cinders, being partially surrounded by a moat.

Last Updated: 26/01/2016