Marshfield Gloucestershire Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Ayford, Becks, Weston Town, Rocks, and Oakford.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1559

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Marshfield

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARSHFIELD, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The town stands under the Cotswolds, 1¼ mile E of the boundary with Wilts, 2 N of the boundary with Somerset, 4¾ N by W of Box r. station, and 7 NNE of Bath; consists chiefly of one street, nearly a mile in length; is governed by a bailiff, with liberties 16 miles in circuit; and has a post office under Chippenham, a police station, a church, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £61 a year, alms houses with £97, and other charities £280. The church is of the 15th century; comprises nave, three aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower; and contains several tablets and monuments. A weekly market is held on Tuesday; fairs are held on 24 May and 24 Oct.; and malting and brewing are carried on.—The parish contains also the villages of Becks, Rocks, and Weston-Town, and the hamlets of Oakford and Ayford. Acres, 5,845. Real property, £11,249. Pop. in 1 851, 1,648; in 1861, 1,742. Houses, 375. The manor belongs to the Rev. Dr. Horlock. Ashwick House belonged to the Webbs, passed to the Horlocks, and is now the seat of John Orred, Esq. Rocks House, or the Rocks, a fine mansion, on an eminence with extensive view 3 miles SE of the town, was the seat of the late D.Wrangham, Esq. Some Druidical stones are near Becks. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £409. Patron, New College, Oxford. The sub-district contains also five other parishes. Acres, 16,177. Pop., 4,103. Houses, 867.

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

England and Wales Delineated Thomas Dugdale 1835

Name of Place: Marshfield; County: Gloucester; Number of Miles from: Sodbury – 8; Bristol – 12; Bath – 7; Dist. Lond. -103; Population: 1651.

Marshfield, a market-town and parish, situated at the edge of the county, bordering upon Somersetshire and Wiltshire. It consists principally of one street, the buildings of which are very old. The chief trade of the place is in malt. Among the charities of Marshfield are a well-endowed alms-house, with a chapel and a school, in which the children of the poor receive the rudiments of education.

Market, Tuesday. – Fairs, May 24, for horned cattle; October 24, for sheep, horses, and cheese.

Source: England and Wales Delineated by Thomas Dugdale assisted by William Burnett; published by Tallis & Co., Green Arbour Court, Old Bailey, 1835.


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Oakford, a hamlet in Marshfield parish, Gloucester; 8 miles N of Bath.

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

Parish Registers

The parish registers of Marshfield, Gloucestershire

Author: Marshfield, Eng. (Gloucestershire) Parish; Crisp, Frederick Arthur, 1851-1922, ed

Publisher: [London] Printed at the Private press of F. A. Crisp

The parish registers of Marshfield, Gloucestershire –


Marshfield 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: Thornbury
  • Province: Canterbury

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