FRIENDS OF CLAINES CHuRCH
Unlike many parishes Claines was never a single village.
It was a parish which was made up of eleven Hamlets.
You will appreciate that many of these areas are now outside our parish of today.
Some of these Hamlets were very important;
WHAT IS CLAINES?
Notes on the development of the Parish
Claines is a church (ecclesiastical ) parish, it is not, and never has been, a village.
It has changed its shape and boundaries over the years, mainly due to the population growth of the City of Worcester.
It is part of the civil parish of North Claines, which took over the responsibility for social welfare and civic duties from the ecclesiastical parish in 1894.
The boundaries of the church parish and the civic parish are very different and should not be confused!
Claines Parish Boundary in 1850
Originally Claines was a chapelry of the main City Parish (St Helens). Its first church was called Northwick Chapel in 1097. Claines then became a separate parish in 1218.
It parish boundaries remained more or less the same until the 1800’s when the following changes were made:
As the population of Worcester City grew then new daughter parishes were created from Claines and it then became a geographically smaller parish. These were:
Claines Parish Boundary today
Claines Parish Boundary in 1850, showing the locations of the original Hamlets in the parish pre 1800’s.
With thanks to Google Earth you can look at Claines Parish today from the air and zoom in to see whether you live there or not!
Make sure you are connected to the Internet and then follow the link below. Then view either as a map or an aerial photograph. (If you wish to view via Google Earth you may be prompted to install it if you have not done so already)
Many thanks to John Sansome who painstakingly digitised the boundary!
This is a sketch map from 1964 which shows the current parish boundary. (The exact Eastern boundary is uncertain and does not follow Station Road, but older field lines now lost, so most houses in the upper part of Station Road are not in the parish)