You may be able to discover the following details about your ancestor in this burial index:
Age at death, given in years except where the age is under 1 year, in which cases the age is
denoted as a fraction (e.g. 3/52 equates to 3 weeks old and ¾ equals 9 months)
Birth year – created from the age given at the time of death
Burial year and date
Relations – Spouse or parents
The original burial registers are held at The Hive in Worcester.
These records include burial registers from four parishes: Astley (1539 – 1900), Droitwich (1572- 1900), Hanbury (1577 – 1897) and Shrawley (1538 – 1894). The civil parish of Shrawley is located in the Malvern Hills District and east of the River Severn. There are 450 acres of woodland and over 20 miles of footpaths for beautiful walks. The parish church of St Mary dates back to the 1100.
The National Gazetter of Great Britain and Ireland described Shrawley in 1868 as, “The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the river Severn, and is chiefly agricultural. The land is well cultivated, and partly in wood and hop grounds. The surface is hilly, and the soil gravelly. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £355, and the glebe comprises 63 acres. The living is a rectory* [the asterisk denotes that there is a parsonage and glebe belonging to the living] in the diocese of Worcester, value £355. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is situated on an eminence, with a tower containing six bells. The parochial charities produce about £150 per annum.”
The Droitwich records pertain to St Andrew’s and St Nicholas’. From the 1650s to 1870, those living in St Nicholas’ parish had no church and had to travel to St Andrew’s for such services as baptisms, marriages, and burials. This explains why some listed as living in St Nicholas’ parish are found in St Andrew’s registers.