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Holt, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Holt, a village and a parish in Worcestershire. The village stands on the river Severn, 6½ miles NNW of Worcester, and 6½ W of Droitwich, with a post office, of the name of Holt Heath, under Worcester; money order and telegraph office, Ombersley. The parish includes also Holt Heath hamlet and Little Witley chapelry. Acreage, 3017; population, 469. The Earl of Dudley is lord of the manor. Holt Castle is a fine ancient baronial mansion with lofty embattled tower, was formerly the seat of the Warwicks, the Beauchamps, the Bromleys, and the Foleys. The mansion, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1550, and restored in 1868. There is a bridge over the Severn. A piece of Roman pavement, 3 feet by 2, was found here in 1848. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Little Witley, in the diocese of Worcester; net value, o£338 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. The church is Norman, was restored in 1861, and contains a Norman font, and monuments of the Beauchamps, Bromleys, Foleys, and other families.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishHolt St. Martin 
Poor Law unionMartley 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Holt from the following:

Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictMalvern Hills
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtWR6
Post TownWorcester