Descriptive Notes

St Peter's Church at Martley has the oldest complete ring of six bells, cast together, in the whole country, made in 1674 by Richard Keene of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.


Ancient Parish [25]
A chapel at Areley Kings, which was a separate parish by 1535. A hamlet at Hillhampton which was a separate Civil Parish in 1866. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO756598
7½ miles N.W. of Worcester on the B4204
Hill Top, 1 mile S. by W.; Horsham, 1 mile S.W.; Berrow Green, 1 mile south & Prickley Green, 1 mile north are small hamlets. [57]

Parish Church

St. Peter

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1625-1926 [5]
  Marriages 1625-1971 [5]
  Burials 1626-1953 [5]
  Banns 1824-1908 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1743-1838 [27]
  Marriages 1743-1837 [27]
  Burials 1743-1837 [27]
  General 1626-1743 [27]
Originals Banns 1824-1976 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1628 Worcestershire Archives [22]

Register Copies

St Peter: Christenings 1626-1838 Marriages & Burials 1626-1837

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Marriages 1933-1971
Baptisms 1626-1838 Marriages and Burials 1626-1837

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office [71]
Christenings 1626-1838 Marriages 1626-1837 Burials 1626-1837

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
MARTLEY : Christenings 1625-1924, Marriages 1625-1933, Burials 1625-1953 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1964 MARTLEY (St Peter) : Christenings 1626-42, 1654-1838, Marriages 1626-39, 1662-1837, Burials 1626-42, 1654-1837 IN: Worcestershire Registers Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1991 Author Howard, Michael (transcriptions.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Monumental inscriptions in interior of Martley church [1930's-1971] transcript Worcestershire Archives [51]

War Memorials

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

For a War Memorial Window to George and James Nash 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,, 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]
1891- 1901 Martley Workhouse

At Society of Genealogists:-
Worcestershire 1851 census index HO 107/2041 : Martley registration district [Microfiche.] - Published , 1997 - Author: Friend, A F (trans.)
Worcestershire 1851 census returns : Martley registration district HO 107/2041 [Microfilm.] - Published London : Public Record Office, 1996
Worcestershire 1861 census returns : Martley registration district RG/9 2085-2088 [Microfilm.] - Published London : Public Record Office, 1996
Worcestershire 1891 census returns: Martley registration district RG 12/2320-2323 - Published London Public Record Office 2003

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1837 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Court rolls 1556, 1566, 1567, 1568, 1569, 1577, 1589, 1622; Rent roll 1463-4; Tenant list 1555; Rental 15th cent., 1521, 1537, 1538, 1558, 1567-8, 1626, 1631

Parish Records on microform

at Worcestershire Archives [13]
Apprenticeship indentures 1699-1767
Marriage licences 19th cent.

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Martley C E Infants' School
Log books - 1920 - 1963 - Ref: BA 3973/ (i) (ii)

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:

MARTLEY, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, 7 miles (N. W. by W.) from Worcester, containing, with the hamlet of Hillhampton, 1264 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £22. 10. T. B. Paget, Esq. was patron in 1795. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, has lately received an addition of two hundred and one sittings, of which one hundred and fiftyone are free, the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels having granted £100 towards defraying the expense.

Last Updated: 28/10/2016