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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Holt St. Martin|
|Poor Law union||Martley|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Holt from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Holt (St. Martin))
Land and Property
The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.
Online maps of Holt 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.