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St John the Baptist Church
Hagley is located in Worcestershire
Population 4,283 (2001) for Civil Parish; approximately 5600 for the whole village
Civil parish
  • Hagley
  • Bromsgrove
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
  • Bromsgrove
List of places
52°26′N 2°07′W / 52.43°N 2.12°W / 52.43; -2.12

Hagley is a large 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. Its estimated population was 7,162 in 2019.


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) reside. In 1868 the Earl of Dudley defrayed one third of the cost of the tower and spire by George Edmund Street added to the church.

Lower Hagley started to expand with the arrival of the railway in 1852 and the building of a proper station and its iconic GWR footbridge (completed in 1884). The expansion of Lower Hagley (now known as West Hagley) initiated a shift in the focus of the village. This was recognised in 1906 with the building of a subsidiary parish church in Lower Hagley dedicated to St Saviour. and today West Hagley contains the shopping area and the schools. The precise dividing line between the two areas is undefined and is therefore debatable. Nevertheless, both settlements 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.


Hagley is part of the West Midlands Urban Area as defined by the Office for National Statistics, 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 is served by 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, because it was once administered by a turnpike trust, whose responsibilities ended at the former boundary of the parish (now in Blakedown).

Despite having a population larger than some market towns (such as Tenbury Wells) and once having its own cattle market, Hagley lacks the essential characteristics of a market town. While it has a shopping street and many local services, it is a fundamentally unbalanced community economically, in that there is little local employment (other than in local services). However, unemployment is low, because of the ease of commuting to work. Accordingly, Hagley is essentially a dormitory village for Birmingham or the adjacent Black Country.


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St John the Baptist Church, Hagley

Hagley is known for

  • Hagley Hall, the home for several centuries of the Lyttelton family, whose head is Viscount Cobham
  • Hagley Park, which immediately surrounds Hagley Hall and mainly consists of 350 acres (1.4 km2) of landscaped deer park. Other parts of the park, like the parish church of St John the Baptist and Wychbury Hill, although part of the Estate, are kept open to public.
  • The Castle in Hagley Park, a Grade II*listed folly and the largest building in Hagley Park
  • 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. It has a series of windows by Francis Skeat.
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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.

Notable residents

  • Jon Bentley (born 1953), of Channel Five's Fifth Gear and The Gadget Show, lives in Hagley.
  • John Bonham (1948–1980), drummer for Led Zeppelin, lived in Hagley in 1969–1972.
  • William and Henry Bowles, 17th century poets and churchmen, were both born in Hagley and eventually became rectors in Enville, Staffordshire.
  • Adrian Chiles (born 1967), presenter of Match of the Day 2 and formerly of The One Show
  • Andrew Downes (born 1950), composer
  • Clive Everton (born 1937), snooker professional and commentator
  • Jon Ford (born 1968), professional footballer with Swansea AFC, Bradford City etc.
  • Doug Hele (1919–2001), motorcycle engineer, died in Hagley.
  • Jason Koumas (born 1979), professional footballer, lived in Hagley when playing for West Bromwich Albion.
  • The Lyttelton family, owners of Hagley Hall:
    • Meriel Lyttelton (died 1630), letter writer
    • Emily Pepys (1833–1877), child diarist, became the first wife of the rector, Rev. William Henry Lyttelton.
    • Lucy Cavendish, née Lyttelton (1841–1925), advocate of women's education, was born at Hagley Hall.
  • Dan O'Hagan (born 1978), television football commentator and Alzheimer's disease fundraiser
  • John Richards (MP) (1780–1847), politician, sat in the House of Commons in 1832–1837 and served as High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1844.
  • Lee Sharpe (born 1971), professional footballer with Manchester United etc., studied at Hagley Catholic High School.

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