Little Witley


A chapel in Holt Ancient Parish and a separate Civil Parish in 1866.[25]
The chapelry of Little Witley was transferred from the parish of Holt to the parish of Great Witley in 1904 [5]


O.S. Ref: SO769649
8½ miles west from Droitwich, 8 miles N.W. of Worcester on the A443, 2 miles S.E. of Great Witley.

Parish Church

Chapel of Holy Trinity formerly St. Michael & All Angels [38]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Great Witley; Shrawley; Holt; Wichenford; Martley [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1680-1965 [5]
  Marriages 1680-1958 [5]
  Burials 1680-1967 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1680-1846 [27]
  Marriages 1680-1836 [27]
  Burials 1680-1744 [27]
Originals Marriages 1680-1972 [12]
  Banns 1756-1811, 1824-1958 [12]

1680 seems to be the earliest extant register. The bishops' transcripts date back to 1621.[5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1621 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1680-1875
  Marriages 1688-1754; 1813-1875

Register Copies

Chapelry of St.Michael & All Angels; Christenings 1680-1846, Marriages 1680-1836, Burials 1680-1744

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Baptisms 1680-1965 Marriages 1680-1958 Burials 1680-1967
Baptisms 1680-1846 Marriages 1680-1836 and Burials 1680-1744

At Society of Genealogists [68]
WITLEY, LITTLE (Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels) : Christenings 1680-1846, Marriages 1680-1836, Burials 1680-1744, 1749, 1763: Worcestershire registers, vol. 2 [Photocopy.] IN: Worcestershire registers, vol. 2 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, Nd. Author Wright, Betty (transcription.)

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
WITLEY, LITTLE (St. Michael) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990 Author Bushell, L C (transcription.) Author Farmer, G R (transcription.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a Memorial for Little Witley School now at St Michael'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,, 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 1680-1744 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

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:

WITLEY (LITTLE), a chapelry in the parish of HOLT, lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 6¾ miles (S. S. W.) from Stourport, containing 302 inhabitants. The chapel is dedicated to St. Michael.

Last Updated: 26/10/2016