Photo of Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Boddington. Originally built in the 12th century from local claystone with Cotswold stone quoins. The tower, chancel and porch were rebuilt during the 14th century. by Pauline Eccles, some rights reserved.

Boddington Gloucestershire Family History

Boddington is a chapelry of Staverton Ancient Parish in Gloucestershire.

The parish includes: Barrow.

Parish church: St. Mary Magdalene

Parish registers begin: 1652

Nonconformists include: Protestant Dissenters and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Boddington

  • Norton
  • Elmstone Hardwicke
  • Down Hatherley
  • Leigh
  • Staverton
  • Cheltenham

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Boddington, a parish in Tewkesbury district, Gloucester; on the river Chilt, 4 miles NW by W of Cheltenham r. station. It includes the township of Barrow; and has a post office under Cheltenham. Acres, 930. Real property, £1,670. Pop., 392. Houses, 81., The manor belongs to Mrs. T. L. Blagdon; and has a curious old moated mansion. King Alfred fought his last battle with the Danes, in 893, “at the barrow” The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Staverton, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is ancient, and looks to be Norman, but is not really so.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Boddington, a parish in the union of Tewkesbury, partly in the hund. of Tewkesbury and partly in that of Westminster, lower divisions, county of Gloucester; 4 miles north-west by west of Cheltenham, and 3 west of the Cheltenham railway. Living, a curacy, subordinate to the vicarage of Staverton. Pop., in 1801, 273; in 1831, 421. Houses 62. Acres 1,550. A. P. £3,243. Poor rates, in 1837, £229.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Boddington, 6 m. S. Tewkesbury. P. 414

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


The British Gazetteer 1852

Barrow, Gloucester, a hamlet in the parish of Boddington — (which see for access, &c.): 98 miles from London, 4 from Cheltenham, 5 from Tewkesbury. Money orders issued at Cheltenham: London letters delivered 8 a.m.: post closes 8 p.m. Piffs Elm.

Source: The British Gazetteer, Political, Commercial, Ecclesiastical, and Historical: Showing the Distances of Each Place from London and Derby–gentlemen’s Seats–populations … &c. Illustrated by a Full Set of County Maps, with All the Railways Accurately Laid Down. Benjamin Clarke 1852; Published (for the proprietors) by H. G. Collins.

Poll Books

Boddington Poll Book 1834


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Tewkesbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Winchcombe
  • Poor Law Union: Tewkesbury
  • Hundred: Tewkesbury; Westminster (Gloucestershire)
  • Province: Canterbury