Worcester St Nicholas


Ancient Parish [25]
Abolished civilly in 1898 to help create Worcester Civil Parish.[25]


O.S. Ref: SO850550

Parish Church

St. Nicholas, High St., Worcester
The parish church of St. Nicholas was declared redundant on 2 August 1989 - it is now a restaurant. [80]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester [25]

Poor Law Union

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

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

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    Coverage Source
Microform Christenings 1564-1966 [5]
  Marriages 1563-1958 [5]
  Burials 1563-1904 [5]
  Banns 1804-1956 [5]
Originals Christenings 1564-1984 [12]
  Marriages 1563-1984 [12]
  Banns 1754-1986 [12]

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1613 Worcestershire Archives [22]

Register Copies

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
WORCESTER (St. Nicholas) : Christenings 1564-1812, Marriages 1663-1755, Burials 1563-1812 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977

WORCESTER (St. Nicholas) : Christenings 1846-1918, Marriages 1896-1943, Burials 1859-1904; overseers of the poor: account book 1632-50 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, Nd.

WORCESTER (St. Nicholas) : Christenings 1918-66, Marriages 1943-58, banns 1804-1956 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982

WORCESTER (St. Nicholas) : Christenings & Burials 1702-30, Christenings 1813-46, Marriages 1702-30, 1754-1896, banns 1754-1804, Burials 1813-59 [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

At Worcestershire Archives [51] :-
St Nicholas: Epitaphs
Plan & check list of surnames from inscriptions & memorial on gravestones in crypt (photocopy)

WORCESTER (St. Nicholas) : 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 Nicholas parishioners now at 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 HQq942.4405031

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial1660-1852 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Parish Records on microform

At Worcestershire Archives [13]
Overseers of the poor account book 1632-1650, 1775-90
Churchwardens account book (inc lists of benefactors) 1678-1811
Church rate & order book 1739-78
Church account book 1745-50
Vestry meeting order book (inc list of benefactors) 182-43
Rate & Churchwardens accounts 1821-70
Receipts & payments books 1838-68
c.165 Church rate assessment books & other general account books 18th - 19th cent.
The Ball's Sunday School Book 1798
C400 vouchers re. St Nicholas day scjool 1882-91
c.85 Settlements, examination certificates, Churchwardens accounts, articles of visitation & papers mainly about the Poor Law 18th & 19th cent.
c.130 Poor Law papers inc. apprenticeship indentures & receipts 17th-19th cent.
c.45 receipts & other papers 18th & 19th cent.
c.40 settlements, examination certificates, Churchwardens accounts, articles of visitation & other papers mainly to do with the Poor Law 18th & 19th cent.
c.120 removal orders & other papers of the churchwardens & overseers 18th cent.
c.180 examination certificates 18th cent.
c.50 apprenticeship indentures & other papers of the churchwardens 18th & 19th cent.
c.250 Poor Law papers inc. bands, removal orders, examination orders & receipts 18th cent.
17 briefs with details of money collected c.1811
List of money collected in St.Nicholas parish for the French Protestants 1686
c.60 papers inc. apprenticeship indentures, letters & faculties 19th cent
c.100 papers, letters, accounts, receipts & booklets referring to the appeal for restoration of the church 1912-13
c.30 estimates, accounts, letters & other papers re. the church clock 1909-10
Signed minutes of the St Nicholas Church restoration committee 1864-5
List of donors to Restoration Fund 1867
3 notebooks listing promised donations for thr Restoration Fund 1864-5
c.100 letters, accounts, receipts etc re Restoration Fund 1864-8
c.250 papers mainly re finances of the Parish , Poor Law & local militia 18th & 19th cent.
Copies of London Gazetted, Worcester Herald, Berrows Worcester Journal & Worcester Chronicle with references to St. Nicholas Curch & parish 1852-75
c.150 papers re registration of marriages & deaths 19th cent.
c.200 miscellaneous papers mainly of the churchwardens & overseers registration of marriages & deaths 19th cent.
Plan, elevation & section intended for a gallery on the northside of St.Nicholas Church 1790
Note on St.Nicholas Vestry Library 1902
The Poor's book: containing names of those in the workhouse & the amount of their weekly allowance 1737-50
Aquatint of St.Nicholas Church, drawn by T.Richards 1813, published 1815, 6 copies


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

The living of St. Nicholas' is a discharged rectory, rated in the king's books at £16. 10. 7½, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the church is a uniform modern structure, with a handsome steeple, and, from its situation in the more open part of the town, forms a conspicuous and interesting object in the perspective of the Foregate and Broad-street.

Last Updated: 06/11/2016