Shelsley Beauchamp

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Great Shelsley


Ancient Parish [25]
Including the hamlet of Shelsley Kings, which became a separate Civil Parish in 1866. Abolished ecclesiastically in 1972 to help create The Shelsleys Ecclesiastical Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO731629
10 miles N.W. of Worcester along the B4204

Parish Church

All Saints

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Part in Lower & part in Upper Doddingtree [44] [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Stockton on Teme; Abberley; Great Witley; Martley; Clifton on Teme; Shelsley Walsh; Upper Sapey (Herefordshire); Stanford on Teme [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1968 [5]
  Marriages 1538-1967 [5]
  Burials 1538-1968 [5]
  Banns 1887-1968 [5]
Originals Christenings C1538-1994 [12]
  Banns 1755-1811, 1825-87, 1887-1971 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1538-1875
  Marriages 1538-1885

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

All Saints Worcestershire Archives [51]
Cemetery grave plan (1953) Worcestershire Archives [51]

SHELSLEY BEAUCHAMP : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 9 [Typescript.] IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 9 Published , 1990 Author Faraday, Michael Anthony (transcription.) Society of Genealogists [59]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a WW1 memorial at All Saints Church see:

For the names of those included on a WW2 memorial at All Saints 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:

1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Schedule of documents re Shelsley School (late 18th cent)
Parish book containing vestry meeting & other minutes, churchwardens charity & other church accounts 1802-86
Overseers of the poor account, Martley Union accounts & vestry meeting minutes 1824-70
Vestry Meeting minutes, highway, charity, overseers & other accounts 1839-1967 (current)
Churchwardens & Church account book 1885-1955
Webbs Charity Minute Book 1932-68 Feb (current)

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Shelsley Beauchamp (Free) School
Letters, apprenticeship indentures, certificate, scheme, reports - 18th - 20th cents - Ref: BA 8459/6 (ii) - 7 (iv)

Shelsley Beauchamp C E School
Log books - 1883 - 1920 - Ref: BA 2290

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:

SHELSLEY-BEAUCHAMP, a parish partly in the lower, and partly in the upper, division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER, 85 miles (S. W.) from Stourport, containing 546 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £9. 4. 4½ and in the patronage of Lord Foley. The church is dedicated to All Saints. Caleb Avenant, in 1723, gave certain land in support of a school.

Last Updated: 01/11/2016