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Coordinates: 52°16′26″N 2°24′42″W / 52.2739°N 2.4117°W / 52.2739; -2.4117


The Shelsleys are a group of small villages in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire, England. The Shelsleys are near the village of Clifton-upon-Teme the Teme Vally, and they encompass the three very distinct hamlets and civil parishes Shelsley Beauchamp, Shelsley Kings and Shelsley Walsh.[1] The three parishes share a parish council.[2]


Shelsley means "clearing on a slope" from Old English scelf "shelf (of land)" and leāh "wood, clearing". The name was recorded as Scillislege in 948.[citation needed]

Charles Nott, the Parson of Shelsley, was a leader of the Clubmen who in 1645 drew up the Woodbury Declaration, which listed the grievances that local people had at the behaviour of Royalist forces in the area. [3]

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 the Shelsleys Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish. This responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union.[4]

Shelsley Beauchamp

Shelsley Beauchamp is the largest of the three hamlets of the Shelseys. It is on the opposite bank of the River Teme to Shelsley Walsh.[5]

It was in the lower division of Doddingtree Hundred.[6]

All Saints church is of 14th century origin.[7]

Shelsley Kings

Shelsley Kings was in the upper division of Doddingtree Hundred.[6]

Shelsley Walsh

See main entry Shelsley Walsh


  1. ^ "Teme Triangle". Retrieved October 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
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  3. ^ Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service 2005.
  4. ^ Morgan 2011, p. 68.
  5. ^ Tim Bridges Churches of Worcestershire Logaston Press, Herefordshire 2000 rev ed. 2005 p204 ISBN 1 904396 39 9
  6. ^ a b Morgan 2011, p. 20.
  7. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus and Brooks, Alan Worcestershire 2007 Yale University Press, London p592 ISBN 9780300112986


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