Tetbury, Gloucestershire Family History

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

Other places in the parish include: Upton, Charlton, Doughton, and Elmstree.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin: 1631

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Irvingite/Catholic Apostolic Church, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Tetbury

  • Sherston Magna with Sherston Parva
  • Rodmarton
  • Shipton Moyne
  • Long Newnton
  • Lasborough
  • Cherington
  • Ashley
  • Horsley
  • Avening
  • Westonbirt
  • Beverston
  • Boxwell with Leighterton

Historical Descriptions

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tetbury (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Longtree, E. division of the county of Gloucester, 20 miles (S. by E.) from Gloucester, and 99 (W. by N.) from London; containing 2982 inhabitants. The town is pleasantly situated on an eminence at the southern verge of the county, bordering on Wiltshire, and near the source of the river Avon, over which is a long bridge or causeway, leading into the main road to Malmesbury; it consists principally of a long street, crossed at right angles by two shorter ones, with a spacious market-house near one of the intersections. An act was obtained, in 1817, for paving and lighting the town, the expense of which was defrayed out of funds in the hands of trustees appointed in 1814, under an act for inclosing waste grounds ; and £1000 were also appropriated from the same source for the repair of the market-house. The poor are chiefly employed by woolstaplers, and the market was formerly noted for the sale of woollen-yarn, but the introduction of machinery has put an end to the trade. The market is on Wednesday ; and fairs are held on Ash-Wednesday, July 22nd, and November 10th, for corn, cheese, horses, and cattle. A bailiff and a constable are elected annually at the court leet of the feoffees of the manor; and petty-sessions for the town and hundred take place here, and at Horseley and Rodborough, Gloucestershire, alternately. The parish comprises 4384a. 1r. 7p.

The LIVING is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £36. 13. 4.; patrons, Trustees of Tetbury charity; appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford. The great tithes have been commuted for £240, and the vicarial for £800; there is a parsonage-house, and the glebe contains about 50 acres. The church, having been undermined by a flood in 1770, was, with the exception of the tower, which is surmounted by a fine modern spire, rebuilt in 1781, in the early English style, at an expense of £6000. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyans. A grammar school was endowed by Sir William Romney, a native of Tetbury, and an alderman and sheriff of London in the reign of James I., who bequeathed a lease for years of the weights of wool and yarn, tolls, and other profits within the town, with the proceeds of which lands have been purchased. A school is partly supported by an endowment of £30 per annum, bequeathed by Elizabeth Hodges, in 1723, and partly by subscription; and there is a national school.

In Maudlin meadow, which belongs to Magdalen College, Oxford, and is situated north of the town, is a petrifying spring, impregnated with calcareous earth. A castle is said to have been built here long before the invasion of Britain by the Romans ; and ancient British coins and fragments of weapons have been found within the area of a camp in the vicinity, of which all traces are now obliterated.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Poll Books

Tetbury Poll Book 1834 - Google Books


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


Marriages at Tetbury 1631-1812

Marriages at Tetbury 1631-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Tetbury Marriages 1810 to 1812
Tetbury Marriages 1805 to 1809
Tetbury Marriages 1800 to 1804
Tetbury Marriages 1799


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