Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Bredon Ancient Parish. A separate parish by 1300.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO796399
About 5½ miles south of Great Malvern & 4 miles west of Upton-upon-Severn on the A4104

Parish Church

St. James

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Upton-upon-Severn [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1670-1903 [5]
  Marriages 1675-1973 [5]
  Burials 1670-1888 [5]
  Banns 1823-1943 [5]
Originals Banns 1754-1812 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1608-1637; 1660-1875
  Marriages 1813-1885
Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings 1608-1637
  Marriages 1660-1812

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
WELLAND : Christenings(Index) 1813-75 [Computer printout.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976 Author Genealogical Society of Utah (transcription.)

WELLAND : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1608-1700 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961

WELLAND : Christenings, Marriages & Burials (Bishops' Transcripts) 1608-1700, Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1701-1812 Published , Nd. Author Challen, W H (transcription.) Source D: W H Challen


WELLAND : Marriages(Index) 1605-1812: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

Register of graves 1875-1914 Worcestershire Archives [51]

War Memorials

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

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. 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 Ancestry.co.uk 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 freecen.org.uk 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

Burial1669-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Welland: Court rolls c.1579, 1661; Manor books 1781-1860, 18th cent.; Rental 1695-1702, 1759-69, 1769-c.1805; Surveys, valuations, manor books, rent rolls etc 17th-19th cents.
Wenlond [Welland]: Compotus roll [1524-5]

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Copies of transcripts of registers 1608, 1609, 1611, 1613-16, 1618-20, 1622, 1627-34, 1637, 1660-05, 1667-1700
Copies of entries in original Parish Registers 1670-1812
Register of graves (inc. list of vicars from 1875-1916) 1875-1914
Register of property owners giving the number of rates to which they are entitled 19th cent
Overseers of the poor account book 1836-48
Poor rate book 1848

Schools Records

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:

WELLAND, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 3 miles (W. by S.) from Upton upon Severn, containing 453 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £8. 2. 11., and in the patronage of the Crown. The church is dedicated to St. James.

Last Updated: 04/11/2016