Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire Family History Guide



Wotton under Edge is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Symonds Hall and Combe, Wortley, Sinwell and Bradley, Simond’s Hall and Combe, and Huntingford.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1571

Nonconformists include: Calvinistic Methodist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wotton-under-Edge

  • Ozleworth
  • Kingscote
  • Newington Bagpath
  • Kingswood
  • North Nibley
  • Owlpen
  • Alderley
  • Uley
  • Hillesley

Historical Descriptions

Wotton-under-Edge

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Dursley district, Gloucester. The town stands under the Cotswolds, 2½ miles ENE of Charfield r. station, and 4 S of Dursley; occupied anciently a site in the rear of the present one, and was destroyed there by fire in the time of King John; was rebuilt on its present site, by the Berkeleys; was held by the royalists, in the civil wars of Charles I.; is governed nominally by a mayor, annually chosen at a court leet; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling place; carried on once a considerable woollen manufacture, now nearly extinct; and has a head post-office, a telegraph office, a banking office, two chief inns, a literary institution with library and reading room, a handsome church with pinnacled tower, three dissenting chapels, a recently reconstructed tabernacle, originally built in 1775 by Rowland Hill, endowed grammar and blue-coat schools with £377 a year, national and British schools, five suites of alms houses with aggregately £671, other charities £81, a weekly market on Friday, a monthly market on the first Tuesday of the month, and fairs on the Tuesday before 25 March and on 25 Sept. The parish includes six hamlets, and comprises 4,880 acres. Real property, £14,471; of which £127 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 4,224; in 1861, 3,673. Houses, 937. There are numerous good residences. Traces exist of Roman and British camps. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value £112. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 10,475. Pop., 5,754. Houses, 1,451.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Wootton-under-Edge, 108 miles S.W. London. Mrkt. Friday. P. 4702

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

Bradley

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bradley, included in Wootton-under-Edge.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bradley, co. Gloucester.

P.T. Wootton-under-Edge (109) ½ m. WSW. Pop. with Pa.

A tything with Sinwell, in the parish of Wootton-under-Edge and hundred of Berkeley

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Combe

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Combe, incl. in Wootton-under-Edge.

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

Sinwell

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Sinwell, with Bradley, a tything, in the parish of Wotton-under-Edge, union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley, W division of the county of Gloucester; containing 2504 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Sinwell, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Gloucester (104) 19 m. SSW. Pop. with Pa.

A tithing in the parish of Wotton-under-Edge and upper division of the hundred of Berkeley.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. III; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Symonds Hall with Combe

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Symondshall, included in Wootton-under-Edge

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Symond’s-Hall, with Combe, a tything, in the parish of Wotton-under-Edge, union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 3 miles (NE by E), from Wotton; containing 576 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Wortley

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Wortley, inclu. in Wootton-under-Edge

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

Directories

Wotton-Under-Edge Gell and Bradshaw Directory 1820

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Eden John, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, scrivener, April 18, 1828.

Administration

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