Lechlade, Gloucestershire Family History

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

Other places in the parish include: Butler’s Court, Great Lemhills Farm, Lemhill, Thornhill, Manor Farm, St John’s Bridge, and Lemhill Farm.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1686

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Independent/Congregational.

Parishes adjacent to Lechlade

  • Inglesham
  • Eaton Hastings
  • Kempsford
  • Southrop
  • Kelmscot
  • Hatherop
  • Fairford
  • Buscot
  • Langford

Historical Descriptions

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Lechlade, co. Gloucester.

London 78 m. W b N. Pop. 1154. M. D. Tues. Fairs, Aug. 5 and 12, for cattle and toys; and Sept. 9, for cheese and cattle.

A small market-town in the hundred of Brightwell’s Barrow, situated at the confluence of the little river Leach with the Isis or Thames, and near the point of junction of the counties of Gloucester, Berks, and Oxford. It consists principally of one long and wide street of well-built houses; and here is a bridge over the Thames, called St. John’s Bridge, up to which the river is navigable for vessels not exceeding eighty tons burden. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; valued in K. B. 12l. 13s. 4d.; patron (1829) Mr. Morton. The church, dedicated to St. Laurence, is a handsome structure, with a tower and spire at the west end. In a meadow near St. John’s Bridge, an hospital, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was founded in the reign of Henry III., by Lady Isabella Ferrars, but the establishment falling into decay, the revenues were appropriated to the support of a chantry in the parish church, which, at the Reformation, became the property of the Crown. Here is a Sunday school, as also a place of worship for Baptists. A court-leet, under the authority of the lord of the manor, is held once in three years, when a constable and tithing-man are chosen for the government of the town. The market is become inconsiderable, but an extensive transit trade is carried on here, cheese, butter, and other articles being brought to the wharfs at this place, to be conveyed by the Thames to London. Coal also is brought hither by the Thames and Severn Canal, which here terminates in the river Isis or Thames. Lechlade is supposed by some antiquaries to have been a Roman station; and in a meadow near the town were discovered, several years ago, the remains of tessellated pavements, and the foundation of a building which appears to have been an ancient hypocaust or Roman bath. Thomas Coxeter, a bibliographer and antiquarian of some eminence, was born at Lechlade in 1689; he died in 1747.

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

Poll Books

Lechlade Poll Book 1834 - Google Books


Leachlade (Lechlade) 1791


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Faringdon
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol, Pre 1836 - Gloucester
  • Rural Deanery: Fairford
  • Poor Law Union: Faringdon
  • Hundred: Brightwells Barrow
  • Province: Canterbury