Descriptive Notes

Netherwood, half a mile south-east [of Oddingley], is a farm: it was the scene of a tragedy in 1806: a person named Hemming, a carpenter, having been employed to assassinate the Rev. G.Parker, then rector, was afterwards himself murdered by his employers, who were fearful of the perpetrator of the horrible deed being found out and themselves implicated. [57]


Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished ecclesiastically in 1973 to help create Hadzor with Oddingley Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SO915590
3½ miles S.E. of Droitwich, 6 miles N.E. of Worcester & 2 miles south of Hadzor
Dunhamstead a hamlet 1 mile north is partly in this parish and partly in Himbleton [57]

Parish Church


Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1661-1962 [5]
  Marriages 1670-1963 [5]
  Burials 1673-1963 [5]
  Banns 1824-1963 [5]
Originals Christenings C1661-1970 [12]

Originals may be included with Hadzor

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1611 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1611-1812
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1813-75

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
ODDINGLEY (St. James) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 11 Published Birmingham : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1992 Author Farmer, G R (transcription.) Source D: BMSGH

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial for Oddingley and Hadzor School in St James'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 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:
1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1661-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Hadzor and Oddingley C E School
Log books - 1877-1949 - Ref: BA 851

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:

ODDINGLEY, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (S.) from Droitwich, containing 168 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £4. 19. 4½ , and in the patronage of J. H. Galton, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. James. A charity school is supported by voluntary subscription.

Last Updated: 29/10/2016