Alderminster, a parish in Worcestershire, on the river Stour, 5 miles SSE of Stratford-on-Avon. It has a post office under Stratford-on-Avon, which is the telegraph office; money order office, Eatington. Acreage, 3229; population, 433. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £309. The church is cruciform, with a low tower, and partly Norman; it was partially restored in 1873, and the nave in 1885.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Alderminster St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Stratford-upon-Avon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms and burials dates from 1656, marriages from 1651.
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The church of St. Mary and Holy Cross, assigned to the Abbot and convent of Pershore by the Bishop of Worcester in 1193, is an ancient cruciform building of stone in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, north porch and a low but massive central tower containing 5 bells of early date and fine tone: part of the nave is Norman, with good north and south doors: the rest of the church is chiefly of the Early English period: the chancel retains a fine piscina: the church was partly restored in 1873 at a cost of £5,000, raised by public subscription, and the nave in 1884-5, the materials being largely given by J. Roberts-West esq. owner of the great tithes: the font, presented by the family of the Rev. M. C. Tompson, late vicar, is a very fine work in hard Bath stone, from designs by Mr. Fred Preedy, architect: an organ was presented in 1897 by Mr. R. W. Thrupp, at a cost of £210: there are 200 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Alderminster from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Alderminster (St. Mary))
Land and Property
The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.
Online maps of Alderminster are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Worcestershire papers online:
The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.