Worcester St Andrew

Descriptive Notes

Only the tower and spire of this church remain. The spire is particularly fine and is known locally as "The Glover's Needle". It is exceptionally slender and is reputed to be the tallest in the country with such a narrow angle of taper.


Ancient Parish [25]
Area appropriated to Worcester Priory. A separate parish at the Dissolution. Abolished civilly in 1898 to help create Worcester Civil Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO849548

Parish Church

St Andrew, Deansway, Worcester

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Oswaldslow [11]

Poor Law Union

Worcester (1836-98 [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1656-1936 [5]
  Marriages 1656-1936 [5]
  Burials 1656-1931 [5]
  Banns 1779-96 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1656-1769 [27]
  Marriages 1656-1755 [27]
  Burials 1656-1769 [27]
  General 1612-15, 1617, 1619-26,
1628-31, 1633-36, 1638-41
Originals Banns 1754-1873 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1612 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1770-1875

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
WORCESTER (St. Andrew) : Christenings 1770-1936, Burials 1770-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1964

WORCESTER (St. Andrew) : Marriages(Index) 1656-1755: 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

Notes on monuments and stones with index Worcestershire Archives [51]

WORCESTER (St. Andrew) : Monumental Inscriptions: in Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 [Manuscript.] IN: Bloom's Worcestershire Monumental Inscriptions, part 2 Published , Nd. Author Bloom, J Harvey (transcription.) Society of Genealogists [59]

War Memorials

For the names of those included on a war memorial for St Andrews' Church, now located in All Saints 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]
1851 transcript on open shelves at HQq942.4465031

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1660-1851 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Churchwardens accounts 1587-1631
Transcript of above
Churchwardens & overseers accounts 1636- 38
Minute book 1783-1875
Charity accounts & minute book 1765-1912
3 charity lists 17th cent
Map 1793
Miscellaneous papers 16th & 17th cent Note book 1932
Churchwardens & overseers accounts 1638-1727
Churchwardens accounts 1792 1908


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 by Samuel Lewis:

The living of St. Andrew's is a discharged vicarage, rated in the king's books at £10. 5. 10, endowed with £400 royal bounty, and £800 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter. The church has recently undergone extensive reparation; the tower, in 1814, was cased with freestone; it is ninety feet in height, and is surmounted by an octagonal spire, one hundred and fiftyfive feet six inches high, regularly and symmetrically diminishing from twenty feet at the base, to only six inches and five-eighths at the top, the height of the tower and spire being two hundred and forty-five feet six inches; the whole is terminated by a Corinthian capital, and surmounted by a gilt weather-cock, and forms one of the most striking ornaments of the city: the spire was erected by Nathaniel Wilkinson, a stone mason of the city.

Last Updated: 06/11/2016