Whitminster, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Whitminster is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Alternative names: Wheatenhurst

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Baptist

Parishes adjacent to Whitminster

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WHEATENHURST, or Whitminster, a village, a parish, and a district, in Gloucester. The village stands near the Stroud canal, the Gloucester and Berkeley canal, and the river Severn, 3 miles NW of Stonehouse r. station; and has a post-office, of the name of Whitminster, under Stonehouse. The parish comprises 1,237 acres of land, and 10 of water. Real property, £2,949. Pop., 411. Houses, 92. The manor belongs partly to J. Bengough, Esq. Whitminster House is the seat of H. H. Wilton, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £135. Patron, J. Bengough, Esq. The church is early English, and was enlarged in 1842. There are an endowed school with £31 a year, and charities £32. The district contains 14 parishes, and is divided into Haresfield and Frampton sub-districts. Acres, 24,471. Poor rates in 1863, £3,984. Pop. in 1851, 7,987; in 1861, 7,813. Houses, 1,721. Marriages in 1863, 34; births, 226, of which 12 were illegitimate; deaths, 116, of which 40 were at ages under 5 years, and 9 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 422; births, 2,497; deaths, 1,489. The places of worship, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England, with 4,036 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 420 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 220 s.; 4 of Wesleyans, with 835 s.; and 1 undefined, with 50 s. The schools were 18 public day-schools, with 918 scholars; 14 private day-schools, with 222 s.; and 18 Sunday schools, with 1,165 s. The workhouse is in Eastington.

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

Poll Books

Whitminster Poll Book 1834 – Google Books


Wheatenhurst or Whitminster Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Whitminster Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Whettenhurst Gloucestershire Men and Armour 1608


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