Stoke Prior, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Parish History

STOKE-PRIOR, a parish, in the union of Leominster, hundred of Wolphy, county of Hereford. There is also Stoke-Prior township, 3 miles (S. E.) from Leominster. [1]

Stoke Prior is a small village in the civil parish of Ford and Stoke Prior, to the south east of Leominster in Herefordshire Stoke Prior Herefordshire Wikipedia

Stoke Prior was formed as an Ecclesiastical parish from the Ancient Parish of Leominster, Herefordshire in 1745 and includes in the parish boundary Wickton, Risbury, Ford's Bridge  and Steen's Bridge. A map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The parish church of St Luke Stoke Prior was rebuilt in 1863 and has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

Ford St John of Jerusalem is also within the parish and serves a previously extra parochial part of the parish see Ford, Herefordshire

Stoke Prior St Luke with Ford St John of Jerusalem are part of the Leominster Team Ministry Leominster Community Portal

See also Herefordshire Churches


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

The Diocesan Record Office for Herefordshire has deposited Parish registers reference AG 48 1678- 1992

BF 37/1 Baptisms 1891-1992

AS 15/1 Marriages 1839-1982

BL 50 Banns 1842-1948

AN30/1 Confirmation register 1946-1971 and Bishop's transcripts1661-1856

Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street

Office Tel No: +44 (0)1432 260750

Link to the Family History Library film numbers in their collection Stoke Prior  which is a partial filming of parish registers with some discrepancies with the Herefordshire Archive Catalogue.

Census records

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[1] to locate local Family History Centres in UK

[2] to locate outside UK.

Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census

Poor Law Unions

Leominster Poor Law Union, Herefordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 220-224. Accessed and adapted 30 April, 2013.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.