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Chalford is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1842 from chapelry in Bisley Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1841

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Independent/Congregational, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists.

Parishes adjacent to Chalford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHALFORD, a chapelry in Bisley parish, Gloucester; on the Stroudwater canal and the Cheltenham and Western Union railway, adjacent to Brimscomb r. station, and 3½ miles ESE of Stroud. It has a post office under Stroud. It was constituted in 1842. Pop., 2,008. Houses, 509. Much of the surface is a picturesque reach of valley, called Chalford Bottom; and many of the inhabitants are employed in various manufactures. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £150. Patron, the Archdeacon of Gloucester. The church was built in 1724. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, and two public schools.

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

Universal British Directory 1791

Chalford is two miles from Bisley, but in the same parish: it is a narrow but pleasant vale, the Thames and Severn canal running quite through it, with a large stream of water besides, on which are erected a great many mills for dressing of cloth, as the place is very noted for making of all sorts of broad cloths. The situation of this place is singularly romantic, and uncommonly pleasing. Here is carried on the woollen manufacture in different branches, and here are eight fulling mills, with tenters, &c. Its church has been new paved. It is lofty and large, with a nave and two aisles, and a high spire; in it are some ancient monuments.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court


Bisley (inc. Chalford) Universal directory 1791


Vision of Britain historical maps

Historical Newspapers

The following newspapers cover the area.

Gloucestershire Newspapers

Cheltenham Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Examiner (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Looker-On (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Mercury (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Citizen (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Echo (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (The British Newspaper Archive)


Research Guide: Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates


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

Further Reading

Voices of Chalford, Bisley and Bussage (Tempus Oral History Series) by Tamsin Treverton Jones

Chalford to Sapperton by Stanley Gardiner

Chalford Guide (Gloucestershire) by None credited

Chalford Blows a Century, the History of the Chalford Band 1885-1985 by David and Gardiner, Ron Goodwin

Chalford Parish, South Cotswolds, Gloucestershire: Official guide

Chalford Through Time by Mike Mills

Around Chalford Through Time by Paul Brown