Worcester St Helen

Descriptive Notes

The present building stands on the site of what is believed to be the earliest church in Worcester, probably dating from the Roman occupation. By the time of the Second World War, the church had ceased to be used for worship and was put to various uses until, in 1956, it became the County Record Office. The church had never been declared legally redundant, and when the County Records Office was moved to new premises in 2002, its future use was again under discussion.
After more than 60 years, St Helen's Church has been returned to use as a centre of worship. The first service took place in March 2003. There are plans to continue using St Helen's for regular worship.
(www.allsaintsworcester.org.uk/about/sthelens.htm - accessed 19th February 2008)


Ancient Parish [25]
Originally in Worcester St Mary (Cathedral). A separate parish by the 10th century. It included originally:
A chapel at Churchill, which was a separate parish by 1269
A chapel at Claines, which was a separate parish by the 13th century
A chapel at Hindlip, which was a separate parish by 1269
A chapel at Holt, which was a separate parish by 1269
A chapel at Huddington (early considered a chapel in Crowle Ancient Parish but separated from latter probably in 1570
A chapel at Warndon, which was a separate parish by 1300
A chapel at Whittington, which was early transferred to Worcester St Peter the Great
A chapel at Wichenford, which was a separate parish at the Dissolution
A chapel at Wick Episcopi, which included a chapel at Bedwardine St John. 'Wick Episcopi' was a separate parish by 1283 but later abandoned & the chapel at Bedwardine St John consecrated in 1371 as the parish church. Worcester St Helens was abolished civilly in 1898 to help create Worcester Civil Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO850548

Parish Church

St. Helen, Fish St., Worcester

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [1] [25]


Oswaldslow [25]

Poor Law Union

Worcester (1836-98) [3] [25]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1538-1939 [5]
Marriages 1538-1938 [5]
Burials 1538-1905 [5]
Banns 1754-1812 [5]
Transcripts Christenings 1538-1812 [27]
Marriages 1538-1812 [27]
Deaths &
1556-1812 [27]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1626 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Parish Registers Births / Christenings 1538-1875

Register Copies

St.Helen: Christenings 1538-1812 BMSGH Shop

At Society of Genealogists [68] :
WORCESTER (St. Helen) : Christenings & Marriages 1538-1812, Burials 1556-1812 Published London : Chiswick Press, 1900 Author Wilson, Joseph Bowstead (transcription.) Edition Ltd edn.

WORCESTER (St. Helen) : Christenings & Marriages 1538-1812, Burials 1556-1812 [Microfiche.] Published : Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 2000 Author Wilson, Joseph Bowstead (transcription.) Edition Copy of 1900 edn.

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

St Helen: Worcestershire Archives [51]

At Worcestershire Archives [51] :
Copy of inscriptions on mural tablets & gravestones (1918)
Rubbings of monumental inscriptions & ground plan (1956)
Mural tablets, memorial stones & inscriptions (1939)

WORCESTER (St. Helen) : 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]

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 1660-1840 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Account & Minute Book 1682-1715
Churchwardens accounts 1718-1819
Minute book 1784-1846
Monumental inscriptions guide 1918

Other Sources

The churchwardens' accounts of St. Michael's in Bedwardine, Worcester 1539-1603; to which are prefixed the churchwardens' accounts of the church of St. Helen, Worcester for 1519-20 : Worcestershire Historical Society [vol. 7] - Published Oxford : Worcestershire Historical Society, 1896 - Authors: Porter, A S & Amphlett, John (trans.) ed. Society of Genealogists


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

The living of St. Helen's is a discharged rectory, rated in the king's books at £11, endowed with £400 private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop.

Last Updated: 31/07/2012