Strensham, a village and a parish in Worcestershire, on the river Avon and the borders of Gloucestershire, 2½ miles S of Defford station on the M.R., 4 E of Upton-on-Severn, 5 SW of Pershore, and 5 N of Tewkesbury. There is a post office under Tewkesbury; money order office, Tewkesbury; telegraph office, Defford railway station. Acreage, 1967; population, 232. Strensham Court, the seat of the lord of the manor, is a handsome modern mansion. The manor belonged for centuries to a branch of the Russell family, but their castellated mansion, erected in the time of Richard II., was destroyed in the Civil War. There are nine almshouses, founded and endowed in 1697 by Sir Francis Russell, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; gross value, £243 with residence. The church is Decorated and Perpendicular, and contains remains of a rood screen, a Norman font, and memorials of the Russell family and of Samuel Butler, the author of " Hudibras," who was born in the village.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Strensham St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Pershore|
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 Strensham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Strensham (St. John the Baptist))
Land and Property
The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.
Online maps of Strensham 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.