Ancient Parish [25]
The township of Ripple was in Oswaldslow Hundred as was the hamlet of Holdfast, which became a separate Civil Parish in 1866. It included in Pershore Hundred the chapel at Queenhill, which became a separate Civil Parish in 1866. The chapel at Queenhill and the hamlet of Holdfast were ecclesiastically severed and united in 1863 as 'Queenhill with Holdfast'.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO876377
On the Gloucestershire border of the county, 3 miles S.E. of Upton-upon-Severn, off the A38.

Ryall hamlet is 2 miles N.W., near Upton; Holly Green, near Upton is 2 mile north; Naunton, 2 miles north; Saxon's Lode, ½ mile north; Uckinghall, or Uckingshaw, is a village, ½ mile west. [57]

Parish Church

St. Mary

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Peculiar of the incumbent [1] Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester.[25]


Partly in Lower Pershore (until 1866) but chiefly in Lower Oswaldslow (part until 1866, entirely thereafter) [44] [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Severn Stoke; Earls Croome; Hill Croome; Strensham; Twyning(Gloucestershire); Bushley; Queenhill, Upton on Severn; Hanley Castle [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1568-1977 [5]
  Marriages 1568-1977 [5]
  Burials 1568-1978 [5]
  Banns 1754-[97], 1859-1986 [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1568-1875
  Marriages 1568-1885

Register Copies

At [FreeREG]
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage and burial records, transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K., are available at:

FreeREG is a new project. The database currently contains a few million records only, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database.

The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Christenings: Burials: 1646-1859

Further records may have been added since this posting

War Memorials

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

For the names of those included on Ryall and Ripple 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]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1646-1860 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Holien Grene: Compotus rolls 1451-7
Ripple: Court books 1808-79, [1574]-[90], 1661-1767, 1789-1888; Court rolls 1571, 1661-4, 1706,1708, 1730; Compotus roll [1464-5] [1524-5]; Copy customs [19th cent.]; Manor books 1781-1860; Rental 1695-1702, 1759-69, 1769-1802; Minute book 1881-1902; Surveys, valuations, manor books, rent rolls etc 17th-19th cents.;
Ryppul: Compotus rolls 1394 and 1457
Rectory of Ripple: Court roll 1789-1888

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
List of church rents c1622
Amounts of money collected by briefs 1703-63
Court book of the Manor of Ripple [1574]-[90], 1661-1728, 1661-1767, with index
Court roll of the manor of the Rectory of Ripple 1789-1888
Confirmation register 1950-76
Churchwardens accounts 1705-1790
Poor accounts & vestry minutes 1767-1812
Poor accounts & vestry minutes 1812-94
Charities, lists of land accts etc 1789-1891
Conveyance orders for vagrants 1724-1859
Declarations of legal settlements bundle "L" 1698-1831
Declarations of legal settlements 1704-1810
Apprentices indentures 1657-1803
Miscellaneous receipted bills for school 1881-1891 Chained bible in Ripple Church

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Ripple C E (Controlled) School
Log books - 1926 - 66 - Ref: BA 5733
Punishment book - 1909 - 55 - Ref: BA 5733

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.

Other Sources

At Society of Genealogists::
Ripple church : Notes on churches & abbeys, no. 45 IN: Notes on churches & abbeys, no. 45 Published : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Nd. Author Frost, S Wallis

The Bushley, Longdon, Queenhill & Holdfast parochial almanack & year book 1888, 1897, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912 (in 10 parts), with Tewkesbury directory for 1910 - Published Tewkesbury : William North


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

RIPPLE, a parish partly in the lower division of the hundred of PERSHORE, but chiefly in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (S. E. by E.) from Upton upon Severn, containing, with the chapelry of Queenhill, and the hamlet of Holdfast, 963 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Incumbent, rated in the king's books at £42. 6. 4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The river Severn passes through the parish, which abounds with good limestone. A court leet is occasionally held here. A monastery existed at Ripple so early as the year 770, in Bishop Mildred's time, and was granted to the church of Worcester, by Duke Aelfred, about the commencement of the ninth century.

Last Updated: 31/10/2016