This is a small market town nine miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon and only two miles from Ragley Hall, the home of the Seymour family. It is at the junction of roads from Evesham, Stratford, Birmingham and Droitwich. It dates back at least to Roman times. Tudor cottages surround the church in which is the splendid tomb of Fulk Greville. The Town Hall dates from the seventeenth century, during which time dissenters were numerous in the town. Kings Coughton is within the parish.

DIOCESE:Worcester. HUNDRED: Barlichway. UNION: Alcester

and Inkberrow (Worcs.)

Parish Registers:  Christenings: 1560-1943
Marriages: 1561-1983
Burials: 1560-1959
Banns: 1791-1802

Bishops Transcripts: Begin 1612 WOR

IGI:  Christenings: 1560-1754, 1782-1875
Marriages: 1561-1876 
Presbyterian Chapel Christenings: 1774-1836
Widely available; BMSGH(PS)

Nonconformist: Baptist:Alcester and Astwood Z 1788-1837 Baptism: 1800-1837 WOR
Presbyterian/Unitarian, Old Chapel Z 1774-1836 Baptism: 1777-1834 PRO Z 1765-1874 Baptism: 1774-1836 WAR Z 1774-1836 Baptism: 1774-1834 COV

Monumental Inscriptions:  Parish Church and Yard STR
Parish Church and Yard; Baptist Church and Yard; Cemetery, Birmingham Rd. WAR & WOR (ADLHS)

Probate Records: WOR

Census Returns:  All WAR
1851 BIR
1851 BMSGH SI v12 SoG BIR
Wixford:1851 BMSGH SI v12 SoG BIR
Wixford 1881BCP BMSGH(PS)

INDEXES Burial 1681-1837 
Marriage 1561-1654,1656-1837 
Poor Law. c1690-1860

MANORIAL RECORDS: 1438-1440, 1752 STR 1545-1571 BIR From 1558 WAR Borough Rentals 1545, 1552.

DEEDS: Collection of deeds, leases etc 1765-1920.
Deeds etc Alcester, Bidford, Ipsley and Studley 1648-1835. 
Calendar of Mediaeval Deeds Relating to Alcester preserved WAR



The Alcester and District Local History Society compiled an index of over 3,000 personal names taken from Warwickshire sources. This is not currently open for enquiries. The Society also published a series of Occasional Papers, covering Alcester and the Lower Arrow Valley, copies of which are at Alcester Library and possibly at STR WAR BIR

[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]