Woolaston, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Woolaston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire. Lancaut and Alvington are chapelries of Woolaston.

Alternative names: Wollastone, Woollaston, Woolaston with Alvington

Other places included in the parish: Brockweir

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1688

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Woolaston

  • Hewelsfield
  • Tidenham
  • Alvington
  • Aylburton
  • Hudnalls with St Briavel’s Common
  • Tintern Parva

Historical Descriptions


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Woolaston, a parish in the hund. of Westbury, but locally in that of Blidesloe, union of Chepstow, county of Gloucester; 5 miles north east of Chepstow, on the river Severn. Living, a rectory, with the curacies of Alvington and Lancaut annexed, formerly in the archd. and dio. of Gloucester, now in the dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £13 11s. 5d.; gross income £548. Tithes, moduses, &c, commuted in 1810. Patron, in 1841, the duke of Beaufort. In 1833 here were 3 daily schools: one of them endowed with £2 per annum. Endowed charities, in 1827, £8 per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £318 13s. The petty-sessions for the forest division are held alternately here and at Newnham. Acres 3,160. Houses 200. A. P. £3,159. Pop., in 1801, 613; in 1831, 880.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Brooks-Weir, or Brockware, a village in the parishes of St. Briavell’s, Huelsfield, and Wollastone, hund. of St. Briavell’s, county of Gloucester; 5 miles north of Chepstow, on the eastern bank of the Wye. It is a place of some trade and activity. Vessels belonging to Bristol ascend the river to this place, for the purpose of receiving goods brought from Hereford and Monmouth in barges on the Wye. The tide seldom flows to any considerable height above Brooks-Weir, except during spring-tides.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


Marriages at Woolaston 1696 to 1837

Note. – This parish, described as the Rectory of Woolaston with the chapelry of Alvington, was originally in the diocese of Hereford, the Forest of Dean district having been taken over from Hereford when the diocese of Gloucester was constituted in 1541. The Registers of the Church of St. Andrew, at Woolaston, date from 1688.

Volume I has 20 parchment leaves, not all perfect, measuring 13 ½ inches by 7 ¾ inches, and is bound in cardboard. It contains Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials from 1688 to 1736.

Volume II has 36 parchment leaves, measuring 13 inches by 8 inches. It is bound in leather, and contains Marriages from 1737 to 1755, and Baptisms and Burials to 1796.

Volume III contains Baptisms and Burials only.

Volume IV (in paper cover) contains Marriages from 1757 to 1809.

Volume V contains Marriages from 1809 to 1812. The two last volumes are in conformity with Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act.

Volume VI contains Marriages from 1813 to 1837. All, with the exception of Volume I, are in good preservation.

These Marriages have been extracted by the Rev. W. F. A. Lambert, M.A., Rector of Woolaston with Alvington, who has collated the proof with the Registers.

Marriages at Woolaston 1696-1837 – UK Genealogy Archives


Woolaston Marriages 1825 to 1837

Woolaston Marriages 1800 to 1824

Woolaston Marriages 1785 to 1799


Woolastone Kellys Gloucester Directory 1856


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chepstow
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 – Court of the Bishop of Hereford, Post-1541 – Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol, Pre 1836 – Gloucester
  • Rural Deanery: Forest
  • Poor Law Union: Chepstow
  • Hundred: Westbury (Gloucestershire)
  • Province: Canterbury

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