Ruardean, Gloucestershire Family History

Ruardean is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1842 from chapelry in Walford Ancient Parish in Herefordshire.

Parish church: St. John

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ruardean

  • Bishop’s Wood
  • Coleford
  • Dean Forest Christ Church
  • Dean Forest Holy Trinity
  • English Bicknor
  • Welsh Bicknor
  • Bishop’s Wood
  • Hope Mansell

Historical Descriptions

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Ruardine, or Ruardean, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Newnham (120) 6 m. NW. Pop. 729.

A parish in the hundred of St. Briavells, bounded on the east by the Wye; living, a curacy, subordinate to the vicarage of Walford in the archdeaconry of Hereford and diocese of Gloucester, not in charge; ann. val. P. R. 49l.; church ded. to St. John the Baptist; patronage with Walford vicarage. Here is a small endowed school.

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


Ruardean Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863


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