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Wolverley, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Wolverley, a village and a parish in Worcestershire. The village stands on the river Stour, 2 miles N by W of Kidderminster, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Kidderminster. The parish includes the ecclesiastical district of Cookley and the hamlets of Broadwaters, Little Hoboro, Blakeshall, and the Slade. Acreage, 5543; population of the civil parish, 2600; of the ecclesiastical, 1486. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. The grammar school was founded and endowed in 1620, and reconstituted in 1877. A pillar, in memory of the famous Richard Baxter, has been erected on Blakeshall Common. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester; gross value, £292 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church is modern. The vicarage of Cookley is a separate benefice.

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 parishWolverley St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionKidderminster 

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 Wolverley 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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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Sion Hill

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWyre Forest
RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtDY11
Post TownKidderminster