Churchdown Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Churchdown is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St. Bartholomew; St. Andrew.

Parish registers begin: 1563

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Plymouth Brethren.

Parishes adjacent to Churchdown

  • Badgeworth
  • Down Hatherley
  • Brockworth
  • Staverton
  • Gloucester St Mary de Lode
  • Hucclecote

Photo of St Bartholomews Church, Chosen Hill
Photo of St Bartholomews Church, Chosen Hill. The ancient church of St. Bartholomew, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, was for centuries the parish church of the villages of Churchdown and Hucclecote. It stands on Chosen Hill which is over 511 feet above sea level and is positioned on a mound, at least partly man-made, within the enclosing banks of an Iron Age Camp and it has been almost certainly a site of ritual or military significance over a very long period of time, dating perhaps from the Bronze Age or even earlier. The present church is Norman in foundation, with the nave being the main surviving part from this era, and Roger du Pont L’Eveque, Archbishop of York from 1154 to 1181, is thought to have been the builder in about 1175 AD. This and more history and detail is at http://www.standrewschurchdown.org.uk/history.htm and full architectural details are at http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=126555. At the end of the 19th century it was felt that the old church of St.Bartholomews on Chosen Hill, inaccessible as it was in bad weather and difficulty of access for the elderly or infirm, could no longer adequately serve the needs of the parish’s growing population. http://www.standrewschurchdown.org.uk/history.htm Hence St. Andrew’s was built further down the hill. by Derek Harper, some rights reserved.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Churchdown, a village and a parish in the district and county of Gloucester. The village stands near Erimne-street and the Gloucester and Cheltenham railway, under the Cotswolds, 3½ miles E of Gloucester. The parish includes also the hamlet of Hucclecote; and its post town is Gloucester. Acres, 4,076. Real property, £4, 679. Pop., 1,119. Houses, 233. The property is divided among a few. Churchdown hill is 4 miles in circuit, and 2, 550 feet high; and commands a fine view of the vale of Gloucester. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £88. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient, and has a Norman-looking tower. The vicarage of Hucclecote is a separate charge. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a free school, and charities £24. Harmer, the professor of Greek, was a native.

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

St Andrew's parish church, Churchdown, Gloucestershire
St Andrew’s parish church, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, England, seen from the southwest This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Subject to disclaimers. Attribution: Fontles at the English language Wikipedia

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Churchdown, 1 mile E. Gloucester. P. 999

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

Poll Books

Churchdown Poll Book 1834 – Google Books


Churchyard and church, Chosen Hill
Churchyard and church, Chosen Hill A surprising and beautiful spot within what are really the outer suburbs of Gloucester. The copyright on this image is owned by Derek Harper and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Family History Links for Churchdown

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization, and Military records – Free

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Administration

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