Queenhill with Holdfast


Ecclesiastical Parish
Queenhill was a chapel in Pershore Hundred and in Ripple Ancient Parish, which otherwise was Oswaldslow Hundred. Queenhill with Holdfast Ecclesiastical Parish was created in 1863 by the union of the chapel at Queenhill and the hamlet of Holdfast also in Ripple Ancient Parish. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866. [25]

Whereas Youngs [57] gives 1863 for the creation of the parish, the following sources give the date as 1880:

Queenhill, with the hamlet of Holdfast, was formerly a chapelry, annexed to the parish of Ripple, but was in 1880 formed into a separate ecclesiastical parish. [57]

The church at Queenhill is probably the chapel which was valued with the church of Ripple in 1291. (fn. 183) It became the church of the newly-formed parish of Queenhill in 1880,.. [15]
[From: 'Parishes: Ripple', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 486-496. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43158. Date accessed: 15 February 2008.]


O.S. Ref:
Queenhill SO861366; Holdfast SO853378
Queenhill is 2 miles south of Upton-upon-Severn. Holdfast is 1½ mile south from Upton-on-Severn [57]

Parish Church

St. Nicholas

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Queenhill was a peculiar of the incumbent [1]. Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [25]


Holdfast in Lower Oswaldslow; Queenhill in Lower Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Upton-upon-Severn; Ripple; Bushley; Longdon [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1580-1988 [5]
Marriages 1581-1988 [5]
Burials 1581-1988 [5]
Originals Banns 1824 - 1964 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1580-1731; 1789-1812
Marriages 1580-1837

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68]
QUEENHILL : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1581-1731, Christenings 1791-1811, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1789-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St. Nicholas

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
St. Nicholas

At Worcestershire Archives [51]
St. Nicholas
Inscriptions in headstones removed from church & sketch plan [showing location of headstones] ([20th century] transcripts)

At Society of Genealogists [59] :
QUEENHILL (St. Nicholas) : Monumental Inscriptions in the churchyard: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 3 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 3 Published , 1981 Author Elms, Lucilie (trans.)

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:
At Worcestershire Archives [14]
Holdfast 1841-1901
Queenhill 1841-1901

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1634-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

QUEENHILL, a chapelry in that part of the parish of RIPPLE which is in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (S. S. E.) from Upton upon Severn,, containing 94 inhabitants. [Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis]
HOLDFAST, a hamlet in that part of the parish of RIPPLE which is in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 1¾ mile (S. by E.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 89 inhabitants. Here was anciently a chapel, which has been demolished.

Last Updated: 21/07/2012