Descriptive Notes

A 17th century half-timbered black-and-white dovecote in the village is administered by the National Trust.


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally a chapel in Worcester St Helen Ancient Parish. A separate parish at the Dissolution.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO787601
6 miles N.W. of Worcester

Parish Church

St. Lawrence

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Lower Oswaldslow [11] [25] [28]

Poor Law Union

Martley [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1690-1959 [5]
  Marriages 1690-1976 [5]
  Burials 1690-1945 [5]
  Banns 1857-1954 [5]
Originals Banns 1755-91 [12]

The earliest extant register dates back to 1690. There is a transcript of the register for 1599-1690. [5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1599-1875

Register Copies

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Marriages 1963-1976

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
WICHENFORD : Christenings, Marriages & Burials 1599-1700 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961

WICHENFORD : Marriages(Index) 1690-1812: Boyd's marriage index [Typescript.] IN: Boyd's marriage index Published , 1925-55 Author Boyd, Percival ed. Source D: P Boyd.

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at Wichenford Village Hall see:

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Laurence's Church see:

For a War Memorial to Donald George Hemus and Cyril Harcourt Hemus at St Laurence's Church see:

For a War Memorial to Harry James Perrott at St Laurence's 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 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:

At Worcestershire Archives [14]
Wichenford 1841-1901
Wichenford & Kenswick 1861

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1599-1852 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Extents and other papers Early 18th century; Extents 1729; Court papers 1765-1813; Court rolls 1661-2; Manor books 1781-1860, 18th cent.; Rental 1695-1702, 1759-c1805; Stewards' accounts 1808-33; Surveys and particulars of property 17th-19th cents.; Surveys, valuations, manor books, rent rolls etc 17th-19th cents.

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Minute book including list of apprentices 1769-1829
Minute book & account book including list of parish officials & election of apprentices 17th & 18th centuries.

Schools Records

The following school records are original documents. Note reference number and contact staff at Worcestershire Archives:
Wichenford C.E. Primary School
Admission registers - 1903-1981 - Ref: BA 9888/3(iii)
Log books. - 1880-1976 - Ref: BA 8820/2
Note: This school closed in 1981.

Wichenford Primary School
Log book - 1976-80 - Ref: BA 10904

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:

WICHENFORD, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, 6¼ miles (N. W. by N.) from Worcester, containing 334 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £9. 10 and in the patronage of the Rev. William Digby, Prebendary of the Cathedral Church of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence.

Last Updated: 05/11/2016