Shelsley Walsh

Descriptive Notes

Also known as Little Shelsley [11]
Shelsley Walsh has the oldest motorsport venue in the world that is still used. The first hill climb was started there by the Midland Automobile Club on 12 August 1905.


Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished ecclesiastically in 1972 to help create The Shelsleys Ecclesiastical Parish. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO722629
10 miles N.W. of Worcester

Parish Church

St. Andrew

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry of Salop & Diocese of Hereford until 1876, Archdeaconry of Ludlow & Diocese of Hereford (1876-1905), Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester (1905-1972) [25]


Upper Doddingtree [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1729-1965 [5]
Marriages 1729-1968 [5]
Burials 1730-1947 [5]
Banns 1916-37 [5]
Transcripts General 1598-1812 with gaps [27]

Bishops' Transcripts

Herefordshire Record Office

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1729-1875
Marriages 1729-1882
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1598-1638; 1663-1729
Marriages 1600-1630; 1666-1729

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
SHELSLEY WALSH : Christenings 1729/30-1965, Marriages 1729/30-45, 1817, 1828, 1833, 1841-1968, banns 1916-37, Burials 1730-1947 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968

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

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 1729-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index


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

SHELSLEY-WALSH, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of DODDINGTREE, county of WORCESTER 9 miles (S. W.) from Stourport, containing 57 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £3. 8. 9., and in the patronage of Lord Foley. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew.

Last Updated: 21/07/2012