A chapel in Tenbury Ancient Parish, which was in Herefordshire (Wolphy Hundred). It became a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1843. In 1844 it was transferred for civil purposes from Herefordshire to Worcestershire. Became a separate Civil Parish in 1866. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO629685
On the South bank of the river Teme, 2 miles east of Tenbury

Parish Church


Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford until 1876, Archdeaconry of Ludlow & Diocese of Hereford (1876-1919), Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester (1919-1921), Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *) [25]


Wolphy, Herefordshire, but Upper Doddingtree (from 1844) [44] [25]

Poor Law Union

Tenbury [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Burford (Shropshire); Knighton-on-Teme; Eastham; Hanley Child; Tenbury [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1561-1964 [5]
  Marriages 1562-1963 [5]
  Burials 1561-1964 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1754-1812 [27]
1638 & 1662-1754 [27]
Originals Burials 1561-1993 [12]
  Banns 1755 - 1812 (some) [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Herefordshire Record Office

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1561-1964
  Marriages 1561-1963

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68]
Hereford Diocese marriage licence bonds 1693-1702, 1704-9 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City Genealogical Society of Utah Nd. Source S: A M Thompson.

Hereford Diocese marriage licence registers 1663-96, 1709-1843 [with contemporary indexes] [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City Genealogical Society of Utah Nd. Source D: M Powis.

Hereford Diocese marriage licence registers index to vol. 1, 1663-72 Published Nd. Acc. no. 122872 Source D: Herefordshire Record Office. Location Herefordshire shelves Shelf mark HR/R 4

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: 1813-1993

Further records may have been added since this posting

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a WW1 Memorial at St. Michael's Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 Memorial at St. Michael'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:

1851 - 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1841 Herefordshire Record Office

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Sutton Stermy: Plan 1778

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Blank register of freeholders 1788
Poor law papers, parish accounts & incumbents' licences 1705-1847
Churchwardens & overseers accounts & vestry minutes 1706-1845 accounts

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Rochford School
Log books - 1927 -47 - Ref: Ref: BA 531/13

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:

ROCHFORD, a parish in the hundred of WOLPHY, county of HEREFORD, 2 ½ miles (E. by N.) from Tenbury, containing 264 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Tenbury, in the archdeaconry of Salop, and diocese of Hereford. The church is dedicated to St. Michael.

Last Updated: 31/10/2016