We use a wide range of primary and secondary sources to carry out our research into medieval life in Abberley.
The following list is not exhaustive, but will give you some idea of the material we are looking at. If you want to suggest any other books, websites, documents or people we should consult, please do contact us.
For a basic guide to the various administrative units in Abberley, follow this link: Abberley: the basics
Archives and original documents
Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service holds many archive documents that will be useful to our project, some in their original form and others available to us in microform or online. We will definitely want to look at their collections of maps, electoral registers, commercial directories, local newspapers and parish records.
We will also want to see the archive materials they hold relating to the Worcestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes, and local authority health and education records.
Click here for an introduction to Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and guide to using its resources
Local history publications
- A Worcestershire Book: compiled from material supplied by the members of the Worcestershire Federation Of Women’s Institutes, edited by Mildred Berkeley (Worcestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes, 1932)
- Worcestershire within living memory by Worcestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes (Newbury: Countryside Books, Worcester, 1995)
- Abberley Manor, Worcestershire; Notes on Its History, Augustine’s Oak, Churches and Families Connected with the Parish to the Present Day, John Lewis Moilliet (orig published 1905, reprinted by Kessinger Publishing, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1165265725)
There are also locally published histories of the village including:
- Abberley Remembered, Ann Marriott (2001)
- Abberley Hall and Clocktower, Jo Roche,
- From Blackboard to White board: Abberley Parish School, Jo Roche
- The Thursday Club reminiscences
- Abberley village trail for the Strawberry Fair
- The Men Behind the Names: The Abberley War Memorial
- Histories of the 2 parish churches, 2005
We can gain free access to many of the resources of Ancestry.com, the Times digital archive and a number of other useful websites via Worcestershire Libraries 24-hour Access page. You will need your library membership number in order to get into these websites for free.
Ancestry.com includes returns for the 1901 and 1911 census, indexes for the civil registrsation of births, deaths and marriages,
The IGI (International Genealogical Index), available online as FamilySearch.org, is free to access from anywhere, and includes digital images of parish registers (baptisms, marriages, burials), some electoral registers and census returns. It is designed to be searched by name and is therefore difficult to search by place (although not impossible)..
Worcestershire Libraries catalogue includes reference only material held in the Archives and Local Studies Collection at The Hive
British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it is intended to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
We will add more research links as they come forward.