Miserden, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Miserden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Camp and Sutgrove.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1574

Nonconformists include: Baptist

Parishes adjacent to Miserden

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MISERDEN, a village and a parish in Stroud district, Gloucester. The village stands 5 miles NNE of Brimscombe r. station, and 6½ NE by E of Stroud; and has a post office under Cirencester. The parish contains also the hamlets of Camp and Sutgrove. Acres, 2,434. Real property, £3,296. Pop., 503. Houses, 105. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Musards in the time of King John; passed to the Despencers, the Mortimers, and others; and, with Miserden House, belongs now to Sir John Rolt. Miserden Park is the seat of W. H. Hitchock, Esq.; and Sutgrove House, of D. Yarnton Mills, Esq. A castle was built by the Musards in the time of King John, and the site of it is still discernible. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £500. Patron, the Rev. Y. Mills. The church comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with a monumental chapel and a low embattled tower; the chancel and the chapel were rebuilt, and the rest of the edifice was restored, in 1866; and the church contains a fine alabaster monument of 1644 to Sir William Sandis, a monument of 1614 to W. Kingston, a figured tablet of 1625 to Anthony Partridge, and a curious old tombstone to some of the Warneford family. There are a national school, and charities £18.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Miserden, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Painswick (105) 4 m. ESE. Pop. 514.

A parish in the hundred of Bisley; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; valued in K. B. 8l. 13s. 4d.; patron, the King, by reason of lunacy. The church, which is dedicated to St. Andrew, consists of a nave, chancel, and two cross aisles, with a low embattled tower at the west end. A chapel, on the south side of the chancel, is decorated with various military trophies and insignia, and contains some very costly and magnificent marble monuments. Miserden Park, the seat of the Sandys family, is a beautiful place, seven miles in circumference, well wooded, and commanding many picturesque and romantic prospects; in the middle of a deep valley is a circular mound, surrounded by a moat, on which stood an ancient castle. The manor house, situated on an eminence, has the appearance of antiquity, and is said to have been built with the materials of the old castle; the rooms are capacious, but have suffered greatly from neglect; they contain a number of ancient portraits. During the civil wars, this mansion was garrisoned for the parliament by 300 men.

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

Poll Books

Miserden Gloucestershire Poll Book 1834 – Google Books


Miserden Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856


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