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The Kings Arms, Ombersley
Ombersley is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO844635
• London103 miles
Civil parish
  • Ombersley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWR9
Dialling code01905
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
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52°16′17″N 2°13′43″W / 52.271302°N 2.228711°W / 52.271302; -2.228711Coordinates: 52°16′17″N 2°13′43″W / 52.271302°N 2.228711°W / 52.271302; -2.228711

The village and parish of Ombersley is in the Wychavon District Council area of Worcestershire.

The first known reference to the village[1] was the granting of a Charter to Abbot Egwin, later Saint Egwin, of Evesham Abbey in 706 AD. This was the Charter of King Æthelweard of the Hwicce, which granted twelve cassates in Ombersley to the Benedictine Abbey at Evesham.[2]

During the reign of William the Conqueror, the Domesday Book indicates the village was within an exclave of the ancient hundred of Fishborough in 1086 and remained the property of the Abbey of Evesham (Saint Mary).[3] It remained the property of the abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th century. By 1848 the village was within the parish of Ombersley (St. Ambrose), in the hundred of Oswaldslow.[4]

Ombersley Court[edit]

Ombersley Court is the traditional home of the Lords Sandys, many of whom are buried in the family mausoleum in the churchyard of St Andrew's parish church. When St Andrew's was built in its current form between 1825 and 1829, the chancel of the old church was adapted for use as mausoleum for the lords of the manor.[5] The architect of the church was Thomas Rickman; the cost of building was £18,000 of which two-thirds was contributed by Mary Sandys, dowager Marchioness of Downshire.[6]

It is a Grade I listed building.[7]

St Andrew's church
Churchyard of Saint Andrew's church

Royal forest[edit]

Ombersley was part of a Royal forest until 1229. The forest gives the village its name.[8]


Ombersley is 6 miles north of Worcester, 4 miles west of Droitwich, and 10 miles south of Kidderminster on the intersection of the A449 & A4133.


  1. ^ Article about Ombersley, The Birmingham Post (May 2006)
  2. ^ University of London & History of Parliament Trust (2003–2007). "Houses of Benedictine monks - Abbey of Evesham". British History Online. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  3. ^ Open Domesday Online: Ombersley, accessed November 2017.
  4. ^ A Topographical Dictionary of England. Originally published by S Lewis, London, 1848. Pages 476-79.
  5. ^ Sandys Mausoleum
  6. ^ Goodall, John (2015). Parish Church Treasures. London: Bloomsbury; p. 248
  7. ^ "Name: OMBERSLEY COURT List entry Number: 1172877". English Heritage. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ County History

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