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The Lyttelton Arms, Hagley.jpg
The Lyttelton Arms
Hagley is located in Worcestershire
Hagley shown within Worcestershire
Population 4,283 (2001) for Civil Parish; approximately 5600 for the whole village
Civil parish
  • Hagley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DY8/9
Dialling code 01562
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°26′N 2°07′W / 52.43°N 2.12°W / 52.43; -2.12Coordinates: 52°26′N 2°07′W / 52.43°N 2.12°W / 52.43; -2.12

Hagley is a village and civil parish in Worcestershire, England. It is on the boundary of the West Midlands and Worcestershire counties between the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley and Kidderminster. The parish had a population of 4,283 in 2001,[1] but the whole village had a population of perhaps 5,600, including the part in Clent parish.[citation needed] It is in Bromsgrove District.


The parish of Hagley used to consist of Hagley, West Hagley and Blakedown. The main focus of the village was Hagley where Hagley Hall and the parish church of St John the Baptist (with its origins in Anglo-Saxon times)[2] can be found. In 1868 the Earl of Dudley defrayed one third of the cost of a tower and spire by George Edmund Street added to the church.[3]

Lower Hagley started to expand with the arrival of the railway in 1852 and the building of a proper station and its listed GWR footbridge (completed in 1884).[4] [5] The expansion of Lower Hagley (now known as West Hagley) initiated a shift in the focus of the village.[5] This was recognised in 1906 with the building of a subsidiary parish church in Lower Hagley dedicated to St Saviour.[2] Today West Hagley contains the shopping area and the schools. The precise dividing line between the two areas is undefined. Both lie within the parish of Hagley.

The parish register of Hagley is the oldest in England. It dates from 1 December 1538, being the year in which registers were ordered to be kept in all parishes.[6]


Hagley is part of the West Midlands Urban Area as defined by the Office for National Statistics,[7] and is joined to Stourbridge and the Black Country by the A491 and B4187. The village lies at the foot of the Clent Hills and has its own railway station on the Kidderminster to Birmingham line.

It is situated on the A456 Birmingham to Kidderminster road, which is known as the Hagley Road in Birmingham, as it was once administered by a turnpike trust,[8] whose responsibilities ended at the former boundary of the parish (now in Blakedown).

Although Hagley has a population larger than some market towns (such as Tenbury Wells) and once had its own cattle market, it lacks the characteristics of a market town.[a][9] While it has a shopping street and many local services, it has little local employment (other than in local services), although unemployment is low: 2.6 per cent of the population at the time of the 2001 census.[10] Hagley is essentially a dormitory village for Birmingham or the adjacent Black Country.


St John the Baptist Church, Hagley
  • Hagley Hall, the home for several centuries of the Lyttelton family, whose head is Viscount Cobham
  • Hagley Park, which immediately surrounds Hagley Hall and consists mainly of 350 acres (1.4 km2) of landscaped deer park. Other parts of the estate, such as the parish church of St John the Baptist and Wychbury Hill, are open to public.
  • The Castle in Hagley Park, a Grade II* listed folly and the largest building in Hagley Park
  • Wychbury Hill with its "monument", an obelisk. The body of "Bella" was believed to have been found in a wood near the hill, sparking the murder mystery "Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?", about which a play was written by the local drama society. However, contrary to the local myth, the body was found in Hagley Wood, off a lane on the side of nearby Clent Hill.[citation needed]
  • St Saviour's Church, a stone-built church near the centre of West Hagley, dedicated in 1908 and consecrated in 1957. It consists of a nave and chancel without a tower.[2] It has a series of windows by Francis Skeat.[11]
Hagley Monument after its restoration in 2010

The parish register of Hagley is the oldest in England. It dates from 1 December 1538, being the year in which registers were ordered to be kept in all parishes.[6]

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  1. ^ According to the definition in West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy, policy RR3.
  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ a b c Smith 2006.
  3. ^ Folkes, J. Homery The Victorian Architect and George Edmund Street Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaelogical Society. Third Series Vol. 4 1974, p. 9
  4. ^ English Heritage 2013.
  5. ^ a b Pritchard 1999, pp. 10, 14 (PDF 12, 16).
  6. ^ a b Valentine 1891, pp. 265–266.
  7. ^ "Census 2001: Key Statistics for urban areas in the Midlands" (PDF). Office for National Statistics. ISBN 0-11-621745-6. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Local Statute, 26 Geo. II, c.47
  9. ^ HHFS staff 2013.
  10. ^ Hagley census profile Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "West Window". St. Saviour's, Hagley. flickr. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  12. ^ The Journal of Emily Pepys, intr. Gillian Avery (London: Prospect, 1984).
  13. ^ Lundy 2011, p. 1084 § 10838.


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