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Coordinates: 52°19′53″N 2°17′36″W / 52.33132°N 2.29345°W / 52.33132; -2.29345

Areley Kings
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Areley Kings is located in Worcestershire
Areley Kings

 Areley Kings shown within Worcestershire
Population 6,041 [1]
OS grid reference SO801704
    - London  109 miles (175 km) 
Parish Stourport
District Wyre Forest
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DY13
Dialling code 01299
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament West Worcestershire
List of places: UK • England • Worcestershire

Areley Kings is a Worcestershire village on the River Severn 10 miles north of Worcester in the picturesque area of the Wyre Forest. The area is featured in the Domesday Book and many historical places of interest are open to visitors. Nearby Stourport on Severn grew during the Victorian era and is still very popular with tourists and holiday makers all year round for canal and river cruising and for the many well signed walks through some of the finest Worcestershire countryside.


St Bartholomew’s Parish Church at Areley Kings was founded as a Norman Church. The first known priest was Layamon, author of the first historical survey of Britain. With a continuous history and a partial re-building by the Victorians, the church complex includes a Queen Anne Rectory and mediæval timber-framed church house.

The manor of Areley Kings was from early times part of the manor of Martley and the rector of Martley still has the right to appoint the rector at Areley Kings. The church is probably first mentioned in the preface of the Brut of Layamon, who wrote sometime between 1189 and 1207. He describes himself as a priest at Erneleye, at a noble church upon Severn's bank. He wrote a history of England, partly legendary, partly factual, translating earlier writings from Latin and French. The discovery, during rebuilding, of the base of a Norman font under the nave floor with an inscription containing the name of Layamon, establishes the connection with the writer and shows that a church existed here c.1200. The manor of Areley originated in a fishery at "Ernel" which, with the land belonging to it, was granted by the Empress Matilda to Bordesley Abbey upon its foundation in 1136, and retained until the Dissolution.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine is rumoured to have slept a night at Areley House during the English Civil War.


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