1. Gloucester – Born and Bred

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This chapter provides a very basic introduction to beginning the hunt for your ancestors which will be expanded in subsequent chapters. More importantly, it gives you the background knowledge that you need about the way the area has been organised over the centuries for different purposes, to help you to locate the wide range of sources that can enhance your research.

There is an explanation of the difference between the County of Gloucestershire and the City of Gloucester neither of which equate with the Diocese of Gloucester which is essentially an ecclesiastical area of the county. The Diocese of Bristol is also discussed.

The diocesan deaneries and the four ‘peculiar parishes’ are listed with explanation of why and how they differ from all the rest. The ancient hundreds are named with details of what records were organised by these divisions.

These thirteen pages include three maps showing the ancient parishes of Gloucestershire, specially drawn for this work by Geoff Gwatkin.

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Index to Chapter 1

Alderley………………………………………………… 11
Alderton……………………………………………….. 11
Aldsworth………………………………………………. 7
Alstone…………………………………………………. 10
Alveston……………………………………………….. 11
Amberley………………………………………………. 11
Ashton under Hill………………………………….. 10
Aston Blank…………………………………………… 11
Avon…………………………………………………….. 10
Barnsley………………………………………………….. 7
Barton Regis……………………………………………. 8
Beckford……………………………………………….. 10
Berkeley………………………………………………….. 8
Bibury…………………………………………………….. 7
Bishop’s Cleeve……………………………………….. 7
Bisley………………………………………………………. 8
Bitton……………………………………………………… 8
Bledisloe………………………………………………….. 8
Boddington……………………………………………… 7
borough………………………………………………….. 7
Botloe……………………………………………………… 8
Bourton on the Hill………………………………… 11
Bourton on the Water…………………………….. 11
Bradley…………………………………………………… 8
Brightwell’s Barrow…………………………………. 8
Cathedral……………………………………………….. 5
Chaceley……………………………………………….. 10
Chalford……………………………………………….. 11
Charfield………………………………………………. 11
Cheltenham…………………………………………….. 8
Childswickham……………………………………… 10
Chipping Campden……………………………….. 11
Cirencester………………………………………… 8, 11
Cleeve…………………………………………………….. 8
Clifford Chambers……………………………… 8, 10
Cold Ashton………………………………………….. 11
Cold Aston……………………………………………. 11
Coleford………………………………………………… 11
Corse………………………………………………………. 7
Cotswolds……………………………………………….. 5
Crowthorne…………………………………………….. 8
Cutsdean………………………………………………. 10
Daylesford…………………………………………….. 10
Deaneries………………………………………………… 7
Deerhurst……………………………………………. 7, 8
diocese……………………………………………………. 7
Diocese of Gloucester……………………………….. 7
Dodington…………………………………………….. 11
Donnington…………………………………………… 11
Dorsington……………………………………………. 10
Dowdeswell……………………………………………. 7
Duchy of Lancaster…………………………………. 8
Dudstone………………………………………………… 8
East Gloucestershire…………………………………. 4
Eastington…………………………………………….. 11
Forest of Dean…………………………………………. 5
Forthampton…………………………………………… 7
Frampton Cotterell………………………………… 11
Frampton Mansell………………………………….. 11
Frampton on Severn………………………………. 11
Gloucester………………………………………….. 5, 11
Grumbald’s Ash………………………………………. 8
Hartpury………………………………………………. 11
Hearth Tax……………………………………………… 8
Henbury…………………………………………………. 8
Hinton on the Green………………………………. 10
Honeybourne………………………………………… 10
hundred………………………………………………. 7, 8
hundreds………………………………………………… 9
Icomb……………………………………………………. 10
Justices of the Peace…………………………………. 8
Kiftsgate…………………………………………………. 8
King’s Barton…………………………………………… 8
Kingswood………………………………………. 10, 11
Lancaut………………………………………………….. 8
Land Tax………………………………………………… 8
Langley…………………………………………………… 8
Lechlade…………………………………………………. 8
Ledbury………………………………………………… 11
Leigh………………………………………………………. 7
Little Washbourne…………………………………. 10
Littleworth……………………………………………. 11
Long Marston………………………………………… 10
Long Newnton………………………………………. 10
Longtree…………………………………………………. 8
manor…………………………………………………….. 7
Marston Sicca………………………………………… 10
Militia Lists……………………………………………… 8
Minety……………………………………………………. 8
Northleach……………………………………………. 11
Oldbury………………………………………………… 11
Oldbury on Severn………………………………… 11
Oldbury on the Hill……………………………….. 11
Olveston……………………………………………….. 11
parish……………………………………………………… 7
Pebworth………………………………………………. 10
Peculiars…………………………………………………. 7
Poole Keynes…………………………………………. 10
Poulton…………………………………………………. 10
Preston………………………………………………….. 11
Preston on Stour………………………………. 10, 11
pronunciation…………………………………………. 5
Pucklechurch………………………………………….. 8
Quinton………………………………………………… 10
Rapsgate…………………………………………………. 8
Redmarley D’Abitôt……………………………….. 10
Salperton………………………………………………. 11
Sapperton……………………………………………… 11
Severn Vale…………………………………………….. 5
Shenington……………………………………………. 10
Shorncôte……………………………………………… 10
Slaughter………………………………………………… 8
Somerford Keynes………………………………….. 10
South Gloucestershire…………………………. 6, 10
St. Briavels………………………………………………. 8
Stanton…………………………………………………. 11
Staunton………………………………………….. 10, 11
Staverton………………………………………………… 7
Stoke Orchard…………………………………………. 7
Stonehouse……………………………………………. 11
Sutton under Brailes………………………………. 10
Swinehead………………………………………………. 8
Tewkesbury……………………………………….. 8, 11
Thornbury………………………………………………. 8
Tibaldstone……………………………………………… 8
Tidenham………………………………………….. 8, 11
Tirley………………………………………………………. 7
Todenham…………………………………………. 8, 11
Victoria County History…………………………… 8
vital records……………………………………………. 3
Welford…………………………………………………. 10
West Gloucestershire……………………………….. 2
Westbury………………………………………………… 8
Westbury on Severn………………………………. 11
Westbury upon Trym…………………………….. 11
Westminster……………………………………………. 8
Weston upon Avon……………………………. 8, 10
Whitstone……………………………………………….. 8
Whittington…………………………………………… 11
Widford………………………………………………… 10
Winchcombe…………………………………………. 11
Winson……………………………………………… 7, 11
Winstone………………………………………………. 11
Withington………………………………………… 7, 11