Cirencester Gloucestershire Family History Guide

View of Market Place in Cirencester, with St John's Church to the left.
View of Market Place in Cirencester, with St John’s Church to the left. Photograph by Ethan Doyle White. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Cirencester is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Barton, Chesterton, Wiggold, Spirringate, and Oakley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1560

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Cirencester

Historical Descriptions


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Cirencester, 89m. S.W. London, and 18 miles S.W. Gloucester. Mrkt. Mon. and Fri. P. 6014

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

CHESTERTON, a tything in Cirencester borough, Gloucester. Real property, £4,477.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72]

Poll Books

Cirencester Poll Book 1834 – Google Books

Cirencester Gleaner May 1868

Births Marriages and Deaths


NEWMAN. – April 6, at Silver-street, Cirencester, the wife of Mr. John Gibbs Newman, – a son.

MATTHEWS. – April 20, at Cecily Hill, Cirencester, the wife of Mr. Henry Matthews, – a daughter.


ENGALL – TOMBS, – March 31, at Poulton, by the Rev. J. Rule, assisted by the Rev. Wm. Bartram, M.A., rector of Shorncote, J. J. Engall, Esq., Battledown House, Cheltenham, to Agnes Cecillia, second daughter of the late E. Tombs, Esq., of Poulton Place.

HILLIER – TIMMS. – April 21, at Cirencester, by the Rev. Canon Powell, Mr. Benjamin Hillier, of Marlborough, to Miss Elizabeth Maria Timms, of Cirencester.

SAUNDERS – HILL. – April 16, at Cirencester, by the Rev. E. A. Fuller, Mr. Job Saunders, of Cirencester, to Miss Annie Hill, niece of Mr. John Wood, of the Ram Tap, and formerly of Burford.

SAUNDERS – TRANTER. – April 16, at Cirencester, by the Rev. E. A. Fuller, Mr. John Saunders, of Cirencester, to Emily, daughter of Mr. Thomas Tranter, of Cirencester.


SMITH. – April 6, at Cirencester, aged 76, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Thomas Smith, grocer, and daughter of the late Mr. T. Wilcox, Fairford, after a most painful affliction from paralysis of more than fifteen years. Her end was peace.

SMITH. – April 7, at Cirencester, aged 69, Mr. John Smith, after being afflicted with blindness for many years.

RUCK. – April 8, at Down Amney, Mrs. Anne Ruck, widow of the late Edmund Ruck, of Castle Hill, aged 80.

TANNER. – April 8, at Acorn Villa, Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent, Mary, widow of the late Mr. Joseph Tanner, of Cirencester, aged63.

NEWMAN. – April 24, in Silver-street, Cirencester, aged 28, Eliza, wife of Mr. John Gibbs Newman, and second daughter of Mr. Peter Ellis Harmer, leaving an infant son eighteen days old.

Source: Harmer’s Monthly Illustrated Journal and Cirencester Gleaner, May 1868.


Cirencester Universal British Directory 1791

Recommended Books

Cirencester at War Paperback – 15 Feb 2017 by Peter Grace (Author). Cirencester at War is a pictoral record of the main events of the Second World War as they impacted on the town of Cirencester and its surrounding district. Illustrated with over 200 old photographs and documents, Cirencester at War gives an insight into wartime life with its tragedy, heroism, austerity and humour. With over thirty military establishments within a 12-mile radius, from the ‘Piggeries’ at Poulton to the US 15th Hospital Center at Stratton, the combat element was well represented. The civillian population showed their resilience through the restrictions of rationing, the blackout and other privations that continued long after hostilities had ceased. Families from all levels of society learned once again how to cope with tragedy as they had some twenty or so years before. There were few major events that did not impinge on the town itself or the surrounding area, or individuals and families not affected by that extraordinary period in our country’s history. It was perhaps the period that made the most changes to the town and population during the twentieth century.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Cirencester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Cirencester
  • Poor Law Union: Cirencester
  • Hundred: Cirencester Borough
  • Province: Canterbury