Westwood Park


Originally a chapel in Dodderhill Ancient Parish, extra-parochial in 1178. The chapel had full parochial rights before the dissolution but not sustained thereafter. A separate Civil Parish in 1858. Renamed in 1937 as 'Westwood'. [25]


O.S. Ref: SO875640
1½ miles west of Droitwich

Parish Church

The date of the building of a church at Westwood is not known. The conventual church or chapel of Westwood was valued at £2 in 1291. ..... The chapel served as a parish church for the inhabitants of Crutch as well as those of Westwood, and had full parochial rights. On the dissolution of Westwood nunnery the chapel was also suppressed, and the inhabitants of Westwood were left without any parish church. After1542 all references to a church at Westwood cease. (From: 'Parishes: Westwood Park', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 234-37. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43115. )

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Extra Parochial [1]


Upper Halfshire [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Droitwich (1858-1930) [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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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:

1841-61 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

Last Updated: 22/07/2012