Astley, Worcestershire

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Pool House, Astley, a Grade II listed Gothic Revival country house
Astley is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO786675
• London109 miles (175 km)
Civil parish
  • Astley and Dunley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDY13
Dialling code01299
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°18′21″N 2°18′50″W / 52.305897°N 2.313856°W / 52.305897; -2.313856Coordinates: 52°18′21″N 2°18′50″W / 52.305897°N 2.313856°W / 52.305897; -2.313856
Memorial to Stanley Baldwin near his home, Astley Hall

Astley is a village, and a civil parish (with Dunley) in Worcestershire, England, about two miles outside Stourport-on-Severn and seven miles south-west of Kidderminster.

A range of English white wines including sparkling wines have been produced in Astley since 1983. The wines have won over 100 awards, and are now Quality Wine status, three of which have received International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards.[1]


St Peter's Church, Astley
Astley Hall, Stanley Baldwin's home between 1902 and 1947

There is evidence in the village of Norman heritage. The house Astley Towne has a Norman cellar.

Near St Peter's Church are the remains of a priory built in 1088. The priory was founded by Ralph de Todeni who was given the manor of Eastlie (Astley) following the Norman conquest of England. It was an alien Benedictine House, belonging to a parent monastery in Normandy. The prior's well remains, but is overgrown. To the East of the priory, well-defined earthworks of a medieval village have been found.[2]

Astley was in the lower division of Doddingtree Hundred.[3][4]

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Astley Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[5]

St Peter's church is of possible c12 century origins[6] although its origins may have been based on an existing priory.[7]

There are several memorials within the church to the Winford family.[6]


Astley Primary School is a small, rural CoE Voluntary Aided school with about eighty pupils between 4 and 11 years old. Although the school is isolated, it is popular with children travelling some distance each day. On leaving Astley school the 11 to 16s go on to The Chantry School at Martley.[8]


Astley Burf contains an Outdoor Education centre, owned by Dudley Council, and used by Dudley schools during the spring and summer


Glasshampton means the home of clear water.[9]

Glasshampton was a separate manor from Astley, but like Astley, was in the lower division of Doddingtree Hundred.[3]

The manor of Glasshampton and its associated estate was held by the Winford family.

The house was said to contain 365 windows but was burnt down in 1917. The stable block survived and was converted in 1918 to accommodate a monastery for the Anglican Franciscan order.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Astley, St Peter's Church: grave of Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879), and of her father William Henry Havergal (1793–1870)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Astley Vineyards Archived 2006-11-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Astley and Dunley Parish Council, Worcestershire, UK - Homepage". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p20 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
  4. ^ Open Domesday: Astley, Doddingtree Hundred, accessed March 2020.
  5. ^ Worcestershire Family History Guidebook, Vanessa Morgan, 2011, p68 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
  6. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolas and Brookes, Alan Worcestershire 2007 Yale University Press p114-115 ISBN 9780300112986
  7. ^ Bridges, Tim Churches of Worcestershire Logaston Press, Herefordshire 2000 rev ed. 2005 p28 ISBN 1 904396 39 9
  8. ^ The Chantry School Admissions Map Accessed 8 June 2014 Archived 3 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Ray Mace A potted History of Glasshampton Lodge, n.d., manuscript, Shrawley, Worcestershire.
  10. ^ Good Stuff. "Monument to Hill Family About 2 Metres East End of Church of St Peter, Astley and Dunley, Worcestershire". Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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