Painswick, Gloucestershire Family History

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

Other places in the parish include: Edge, Stroud End, and Spoonbed

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1547

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Painswick

  • Sheepscombe
  • Brookthorpe
  • Cranham
  • Pitchcombe
  • Slad
  • Upton St Leonards
  • Harescombe

Historical Descriptions


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Edge, a tything in Painswick parish, Gloucester; 2 miles N of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Real property, £5,638. Pop., 1,176. Houses, 273.

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

Edge, a tything in the parish of Painswick, county of Gloucester; about 2 miles north of Stroud. Houses 314. Pop., in 1821, 1,627; in 1831, 1,559. Other returns with the parish.

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


England’s Gazetteer 1752

Spoonbed, (Gloc.) in the p. of Painswick, was granted by Hen. VIII. to Sir Will. Kingston, and was lately in the family of Journingham.

Source: England’s Gazetteer; Stephen Whatley; 1752.


Marriages at Painswick 1547 to 1812.

Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol VIII. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.

Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Blagg, Thomas Matthews.

Note. – The Registers of Marriages for the important parish of Painswick, prior to 1812, are comprised in the following six volumes: - Vol. I contains entries of Weddings for 1547, 1551, 1557-1627; Vol. II, 1653-1703; Vol. III, 1710-1754; Vol. IV, 1758-1782; Banns Book, 1754-1802; Vol. V, 1782-1798 (printed forms); Vol. VI, 1798-1812 (printed forms).

The earliest register in Painswick thus begins: - “This is the Register books that belongethe unto the parrishe of Panswicke, in the countie of Gloucester, Begyning in the ij yeare of kinge Edward the sixth, who began his reigne over this K[ingdom] of England the xxviijth daye of Ianuaries, one thousand five hundred [forty-seven]. Conteyninge Baptizinges, weddings, and burials.”

It may be observed that the chronological order of the entries is very irregular.

The first entry is :- “Imprimis … Tayler, the sonne of John Tayler, baptizd the vj of february.”

Under date 1597 is this entry:- “The copie of the Letters testimonial or Certificat of the marryage of Robert Hylman to Ayles Mayer, written here and Registred by me Roger Garroll, vicar of Paynswicke and the wryter hereof as foll : To all true Christian people, and to all other the Quenes maiesties Lovinge subjects as well spirituall as temporall, to whom these Letters Testimoniall shall appertayne, &c. KNOWE ye that J, Roger Gardner, clerke minister of godds holye worde and Sacraments, have mynistred the solempnization of matrymonie, between Robert Hylman, of the p’ishe of Panswicke within the Countie and Dioces of Gloucester, and Ayles Mayer, of the same, &c., the xixth daye of Auguste, beinge Mondaye, in the parish Churche of Upton Byshoppe within the Countie and Dioces aforesaide, Anno Domini 1597, et Anno Regni Regine Elizabethae, thirtie nyne, &c. Jn wytnes whereof J have put to my hand, the daye and yere above written, &c. By me Roger Gardner, Clerke and curatu.”

Vol. II commences with : “This Register Book conteyneth in it wedings, Baptizings and Burials in the parish of Painswicke, Thomas Lygon being Register thereof, the first day of March 1653, according to ye sd Act, and sworne by Jo : Lygon.”

On p. 9 is :- “All these p’ties aforesaid were married by Iohn Lygon, one of the Justices of the Peace of the County of Gloucr., who was buried the Tenth day of August 1656.”

The transcripts of the Painswick Registers for the following years are preserved at the Registrar’s Office, Gloucester :- 1570-79, 1601, 1607, 1614, 1617, 1620, 1622-25, 1629, 1636, 1638-40, 1660-62, 1664, 1666-7, 1669-70, 1672, 1674-75, 1677-82, 1684-97, 1700-03, 1706-20, 1722-25, 1727-29, 1731-34, 1736-62, 1764-1811.

A transcript copy of the Monumental Inscriptions in Painswick church and churchyard was made in 1879-80, by Mr. Cecil T. Davis. An * is added to those names in the following list of marriages which appear in those inscriptions.

By the kind permission of the Revs. H. H. McCrea, M.A., W. S. Guest-Williams, M.A., and W. H. Seddon, M.A., successively vicars of Painswick, these registers were copied by the late Mr. Uriah J. Davis, of The Court House, Painswick, his son Mr. Cecil T. Davis, of Wandsworth, and Mr. W. St. Clair Baddeley, of Painswick. The MS. was compared with the original by the Rev. F. de Freville, of Painswick.

Marriages at Painswick 1547 to 1812 -

Marriages at Painswick 1547-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Marriages at Painswick 1810 to 1812
Marriages at Painswick 1805 to 1809
Marriages at Painswick 1800 to 1804
Marriages at Painswick 1795 to 1799


Painswick Gell and Bradshaw Gloucestershire Directory 1820
Painswick Universal British Directory 1791


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