Norton Juxta Kempsey

Descriptive Notes

Norton was for many years the headquarters of the Worcestershire Regiment. The barracks were built in 1877 but closed some years ago, now being the site of private housing.


Chapel in Kempsey Ancient Parish. A separate civil identity early and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1781. Abolished ecclesiastically in 1961 to help create Norton with Whittington Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SO877512
4 miles south of Worcester off the A44
Littleworth,1 mile S.E. & Hatfield, ¼ mile south are hamlets [57]

Parish Church

St. James the Great

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

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


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Pershore [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1540-1965 [5]
  Marriages 1572-1979 [5]
  Burials 1538-1965 [5]
  Banns 1754-95, 1911-59 [5]
Originals Christenings 1540-1986 [12]
  Marriages 1572-1985 [12]
  Banns 1754-93, 1864-1959 [12]

Norton Army Chapel:

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1954-1962 [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1813-1875
  Marriages 1754-1875
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1613-1700 (60%?)

War Memorials

For the names of those included on Norton juxta Kempsey War Memorial 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 Norton Barracks Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial1660-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Corn rental 1778-85

Parish Records on microform

at Worcestershire Archives [13]
Army baptisms book of Norton Camp Chapel 1954-62

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Norton juxta Kempsey Methodist Church Sunday School
Class registers - 1950 - 58 - Ref: BA 7912/3 (iii)
Sunday School class registers - 1950 - Ref: BA 7912/3 (iii)
Sunday School class registers - 1953 -54 - Ref: BA 7912/3 (iii)
Sunday School class registers - 1955 - 58 - Ref: BA 7912/3 (iii)

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:

NORTON by KEMPSEY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 3½ miles (S. S. E.) from Worcester, containing 517 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £2. 12. 6, endowed with £600 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant. The church is dedicated to St. James. There are extensive quarries of limestone within the parish.

Last Updated: 29/10/2016