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Shelsley Beauchamp or Great Shelsley, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Shelsley Beauchamp or Great Shelsley, a township and a parish in Worcestershire. The township lies on the river Teme, 3 miles NW of Martley, and 8 SW of Stourport, and has a post office under Worcester; money order and telegraph office, Stanford Bridge. Acreage, 1284; population, 253. The parish contains also the civil parish of Shelsley Kings, and comprises 2318 acres; population, 498. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Dudley. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1846, and restored in 1859. The altar is a massive stone slab, and there is a handsome reredos. The remains of a preaching cross are in the churchyard. There is a reformatory for boys at Woodbury Hill.

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 parishShelsley-Beauchamp All Saints 
Poor Law unionMartley 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shelsley Beauchamp or Great Shelsley 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.