A chapel in Pershore St Andrew Ancient Parish. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866 and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1727.[25] [5]


O.S. Ref: SO963453
1 miles S.E. of Pershore on the A44

Parish Church

St. Mary [10]

Over the centuries the dedication of the church has changed. Records show that it has been dedicated to both St Laurence (in the 13th century) and St Bartholemew (in 1479) before its current appellation of St Mary. (St Mary's, Wick - Its History, Christine Collins, Wick Parochial Church Council, 1998)

The Victoria County History gives the dedication to St. Bartholomew with the following footnote: The dedication was at one time thought to be to St. Laurence, but in 1479 it was to St. Bartholomew (Hudson, The Manors of Wike Burnell and Wyke Waryn, p. 251).
[From: 'Parishes: Pershore, St Andrew with Defford and Wick', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 4 (1924), pp. 163-177.
URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42874. Date accessed: 18 February 2008.]

In the 1884 [57] and 1892 [38] directories Kelly's give the dedication to St. Lawrence but in the 1932 [11] and 1940 [72] directories the dedication is given as St. Mary.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Upper Pershore [11] [25]

Poor Law Union

Pershore [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1695-1971 [5]
  Marriages 1695-1971 [5]
  Burials 1695-1971 [5]
  Banns 1824-1970 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1686-99 [27]
  Marriages 1608-1700 [27]
Originals Marriages 1695-1978 [12]
  Banns 1777-[1792] [12]

The earliest extant register dates back to 1695. Bishops' transcripts date back to 1608.[5]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1608 Worcestershire Archives [22]

At Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office [71]
Marriages 1608-39, 1663-1700

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1608-1725; 1745-1875
  Marriages 1754-1882

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
WICK : Christenings 1695-1725, 1745-1932, Marriages 1695-1722, 1754-1871, Burials 1695-1724, 1863-64, 1876-1971 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971

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

At [FreeREG]
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The coverage for this parish currently stands at: Christenings: 1686-1908

Further records may have been added since this posting

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]

At Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Society of Genealogists [59]
WICK (St. Mary) : Monumental Inscriptions: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 IN: Worcestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990 Author Farmer, G R (transcription.) Source D: Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a War Memorial at St Mary'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:

1841-1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1695-1900 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Manorial Records

Worcestershire Archives [50]
Wick by Pershore: Court roll 1664-1701

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens accounts 1802-64, 1934-45
Minutes of vestry meetings 1905-23
Parochial school manager's minutes 1903-43
Burial book & related papers 1873-80, 1878-88
Preachers & communicants list 1878-88
Census returns for Pershore area 1871 & 1881
Preachers Books 1889-1916
Register of confirmations 1958-60
Register of services 1916-59

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:

WICK near PERSHORE, a chapelry in the parish of ST.ANDREW, PERSHORE, upper division of the hundred of PERSHORE, county of WORCESTER, 1½ mile (E. S. E.) from Pershore, containing 303 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, endowed with £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of St. Andrew, Pershore. The chapel is dedicated to St. Lawrence. An Augustine priory was founded here, early in the reign of Stephen by Peter de Corbezon, who, a few years afterwards, removed it to Studley in Warwickshire.

Last Updated: 06/11/2016