Ampney St Mary Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Ampney St. Mary Church
Ampney St. Mary Church. This church is about 1km from the village of the same name, it stands in the middle of fields near the Ampney Brook, just off the A417, between Cirncester & Fairford. It’s known locally as the Ivy Church, as it was covered by ivy until restored early in the 20th C. It is famous for the wall paintings. The copyright on this image is owned by Derek Meek and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Ampney St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Alterbative names: Ashbrook

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1602

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Ampney St Mary

  • Ampney St Peter
  • Ampney Crucis
  • Barnsley
  • Harnhill
  • Poulton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AMPNEY-ST. MARY, or Ashbrook, a parish in Cirencester district, Gloucester; on Ampney brook, 4 miles E of Cirencester r. station. Post Town, Cirencester. Acres, 1,170. Real property, £2,552. Pop., 125. Houses, 28. The property is not much divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £71. Patron, M. H. Beach, Esq. The church is an ivy-clad, quaint-looking, very ancient edifice, recently repaired.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Amphney [sic] (St. Mary), or Ashbrook, 1½ mile E. Cirencester. P. 121

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Ampney (St. Mary), or Ashbrooke, a parish in the same hund. and union; 4 miles east by south from Cirencester; on the post-road to Fairford. Living, a perpetual curacy, formerly in the archd. of Gloucester, now in that of Bristol, and in the dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £5 3s., in the parliamentary returns at £56; gross income £71. The chapel is an old building in the early English style. For commutation of tithes, see Ampney-Crucis. Pop., in 1801, 176; in 1831, 115. Houses 27. Acres 1,170. A. P. £1,672. Poor rates, in 1837, £74.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Ampney, St. Mary, or Ashbrook, co. Gloucester.

P.T. Cirencester (89) 4 m. E b S. Pop. 130.

A parish in the hundred of Crowthorne and Minety; living, a perpetual curacy in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; certified value 5l. 3s.; ann. val. P. R. 56l.; patron, the Lord Chancellor.

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

Poll Books

Ampney St Mary Poll Book 1834 – Google Books


Ampney Saint Mary or Ashbrook Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Ampney St. Mary Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Ampney St Mary or Ashbrook Gloucestershire Directory 1856


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

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