Wickwar, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

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

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1689

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wickwar

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WICKWAR, a small town and a parish in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The town stands on the Birmingham and Bristol railway, 4 miles N of Chipping-Sodbury; is a borough by prescription, governed by a mayor and 12 aldermen; and has a post-office under Wotton-under-Edge, a r. station, a mechanics’ institute, with reading room and library, an early English church, an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £180 a year, a Church girls’ school, charities £60, four malthouses, an extensive brewery, and fairs on 6 April, 2 July, and the first Monday of Nov. The parish comprises 2,307 acres. Real property, £5,501. Pop., 949. Houses, 211. The manor belongs to Earl Ducie. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £436. Patron, Earl Ducie.

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

Parish Records

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

Wickwar Marriages

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812

Note. – Wickwar, though never more than a village with one street, was one of the unreformed boroughs governed by a Mayor and Corporation, until their abolition in 1887.

Vol. I of the Registers is a white parchment book, containing for each year, under separate headings, lists of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials; it includes the period from 1689 to 1777; after that date the Marriages are in a separate volume.

These Marriage entries have been transcribed by Mr. Henry C. Malden, M.A., of Godalming, and are printed under his supervision by permission of the Rector, the Rev. Ralph J. Lyon, Hon. Canon of Gloucester and Rural Dean.

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812 – UK Genealogy Archives


Wickwar Marriages 1803 to 1812


Wickwar Bennetts Business Directory 1899

Wickwar Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chipping Sodbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Hawkesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chipping Sodbury
  • Hundred: Grumbald’s Ash
  • Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Ancestral Trails (Second Edition): The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History by Mark D Herber

Marriage Law for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide …what everyone tracing their family history needs to know about where, when, who and how their English and Welsh ancestors married by by Rebecca Probert

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?: The family historian’s guide to marital breakdown, separation… by Rebecca Probert

Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England (Gender in History) by Ginger S. Frost