Rous Lench


Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished ecclesiastically in 1957 to help create Rous Lench and Abbots Morton Ecclesiastical Parish [25]


O.S. Ref: SP015533
Near the Warwickshire border of the county, about 7 miles north of Evesham & 12 miles east of Worcester
Radford is a hamlet, 1 miles north. [57]

Parish Church

St. Peter

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1]


Middle Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Evesham [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Inkberrow; Abbots Morton; Salford Priors (Gloucestershire); Church Lench; Abberton; Kington; Dormston [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1539-1965 [5]
  Marriages 1539-1964 [5]
  Burials 1538-1965 [5]
  Banns 1754-1811, 1824-1965 [5]
Transcripts Marriages 1539-1811 [27] [20]
Originals Marriages 1539-1988 [12]
  Banns 1824-1969
(Listed with Abbots Morton)

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1615 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1813-1875
  Marriages 1814-1875

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Worcestershire Parish Registers Marriages Vol.1 - Church Lench 1702-1812, Rous Lench 1539-1811, Elmbridge 1570-1812

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office [71]
Marriages 1539-1811

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
ROUS LENCH : Marriages 1539-1642, 1650-1811: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 22 - Worcestershire, vol. 1 [CD-ROM] IN: Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 22 - Worcestershire, vol. 1 Published London : Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1901 Author Phillimore, W P W ed. Author Carter, W F ed.

ROUS LENCH : Marriages(Index) 1651-75: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

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: Marriages: 1539-1811

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
ROUS LENCH (St. Peter) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990 Author Farmer, G R (transcript.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

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 1660-1840Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Radford: Court papers 1729-43

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Vestry Meeting Minute & account book 1854-1932

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Rous Lench C E Primary School
Admission Register - 1911-59 - Ref: BA 3773
Log book - 1921-50 - Ref: BA 2417

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

A short history of Rous Lench Published Evesham, 1901 Author Chafy, W K W Society of Genealogists

Last Updated: 28/01/2016