Descriptive Notes

St John the Baptist Church, Strensham stands on a rise above its two villages now separated by the M5, looking across the River Avon to Bredon Hill in the east and to the Malverns in the west. The handsome but weathered tower and simple exterior do not prepare one for the delightful collection of fittings inside. The interior is amazing: 16th century pews with a broad aisle down the middle, a Norman tub font, a west gallery using most of the rood screen including 23 late 15th century painted panels and four centuries of Russell monuments in the chancel,and mediaeval floor tiles.[40]

Perhaps the most famous son of Strensham was the poet Samuel Butler, 1612-80, who was buried in Westminster Abbey.


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Pershore Holy Cross Ancient Parish, which was part of Pershore Abbey at the Dissolution. It was a separate parish by 1535.


O.S. Ref: SO911406
4 miles east of Upton-upon-Severn & 4½ miles S.W. of Pershore, adjacent to M5 motorway.

Parish Church

St.John the Baptist.
Access is down a lane from Strensham service area.
The church was declared redundant on 16 October 1991 and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. [80] [40]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Upper Pershore [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Pershore [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Defford; Eckington; Bredons Norton; Bredon; Twyning (Gloucestershire); Ripple; Hill Croome [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1569-1986 [5]
  Marriages 1573-1985 [5]
  Burials 1573-1983 [5]
  Banns [1754]-92 [5]
Originals Banns 1824-1985 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1569-1906
  Marriages 1569-1837

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Baptisms 1791-1908 Marriages 1754-1837 Burials 1791-1812

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
STRENSHAM : Christenings 1569-1691, 1700-90, 1799, Marriages 1573-1688, 1704-54, Burials 1573-1695, 1704-90 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982

STRENSHAM : Christenings 1791-1908, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1791-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
General interest and a few MIs

War Memorials

For the names of those included on Strensham War Memorial see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St.John the Baptist 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 1659-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Strensham Sunday School
Attendance register - 1851-65 - Ref: BA 8716/11

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:

STRENSHAM, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 4½ miles (S.W. by S.) from Pershore, containing 312 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £12, and in the patronage of John Taylor, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a noble structure: it contains many memorials of the Russel family, among which are some fine specimens of Italian sculpture, in Parian and other marbles. Strensham, which is pleasantly situated on the river Avon, between the hills of Malvern and Bredon, is renowned in history for the siege it sustained against the parliamentary forces, and for the signal bravery displayed by the then lord of the manor, Sir William Russel, here, as well as in the memorable battle of Worcester: it is further distinguished as the birthplace, in 1612, of Samuel Butler, author of Hudibras. Blue stone abounds in every part of the parish, and, in some places, fossils and minerals are met with. Lady Ann Russel bequeathed a rent-charge of £10 for teaching poor children; and there are nine almshouses, endowed by some members of the same family.

Last Updated: 02/11/2016