Uley Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Photo of St Giles Church, Uley, Gloucestershire by David Purchase, some rights reserved.

Uley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St Giles

Parish registers begin: 1668

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Uley

  • Kingscote
  • Wotton under Edge
  • Dursley
  • North Nibley
  • Owlpen
  • Nympsfield
  • Cam
  • Coaley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Uley, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Dursley district, Gloucester. The village stands among the Cotswold hills, 2 miles ENE of Dursley r. station; and has a post-office under Dursley. The parish comprises 1,492 acres. Real property, £4,160. Pop., 1,230. Houses, 308. Stouts Hill, Angerton-Grange, Uley House, Uley Lodge, Rockstowes House, and Bencombe House, are chief residences. U. Bury was a Roman camp, and has yielded many Roman coins. West hill is crowned by a Roman tumulus. Woollen-cloth manufacture was, at one time, largely carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £250. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is recent. There are Independent and Baptist chapels, a national school, and charities £9.—The sub-district contains four parishes. Acres, 6,147. Pop., 2,471. Houses, 611.

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 1848

Uley, a parish in the upper division of the hund. of Berkeley, union of Dursley, Gloucestershire; 2¼ miles east by north of Dursley. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Gloucester and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £12 3s. 4d.; gross income £311; nett income £157. Patron, the Lord-chancellor. Here are an Independent church, formed in 1791; and places of worship for the Baptists and Wesleyan Methodists. There are an infant-school, and six daily schools, besides several Sunday schools, in this parish. In 1838, there were 2 woollen mills in this parish, employing 62 hands; but the manufacturing trade of this place, which was very great last century, has quite fallen off, and large bodies of the weavers have emigrated to America and Australia. Acres 1,360. Houses 526. A. P. £4,472. Pop., in 1801, 1,724; in 1831, 2,641. Poor rates, in 1838, £1,076 1s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1848


Marriages at Uley 1668-1812

Marriages at Uley 1668-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Uley Marriages 1796 to 1812


Uley Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Uley is a township, parish, and village, 4 miles south from the Frocester station, 5 from Berkeley and Dursley stations, and 2 ½ from Dursley, in Berkeley Hundred, Dursley Union, West Gloucestershire, Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric.  It is situate on the turnpike road leading from Stroud to Dursley.  The church of St. Giles is a stone building, chiefly in the Gothic style; has a tower, 2 aisles, chancel, organ, 1 bell, 8 monuments, font, and clock.  The living is a rectory, worth £200 yearly, with 16 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor.  The Rev. M. W. Wilkinson, B.D., is the incumbent.  There are chapels for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyans, and Day and Sunday schools for boys and girls.  A feast is held yearly, beginning the first Sunday in September.  A Roman tumulus, or sepulchre, has been discovered at Westhill, in this parish.  Uley Bury Hill was formerly a Roman encampment.  Roman coins have frequently been found here.  The population, in 1851, was 1,327, and the acreage is 1,357.  T. B. L. Baker, Esq., and Colonel Kingscote, are chief landowners.  There are charities of £8 yearly value.

Bencombe, Stoutshill, Augeston, The Grange, and Totnes, are places here.


Bellett Mr. Benjamin

Bowen Mrs. Bencombe house

Browne Mrs. Stoutshill

Furse Mrs. Augeston cottage

Gordon Robert, esq., Shibley house

Gregory Miss Jane

Jackson John, esq. Grange

Kingscote Robert A. Fitzhardinge, esq. Uley lodge

Knight Mr. Samuel

Osborne Rev. Daniel

Rowley George, esq. Rockstowe

Stiff Thomas W. esq.

Turner Mrs.

Wilkinson Rev. Marlow Watts, B.D. (rector), Mansion house


Allen Charles, butcher

Baglin Edward, shopkeeper

Brown William, wood turner

Dauncey Thomas, grocer

Ford George, baker

Ford George, shoemaker

Ford Isaac, shoemaker

Ford Rowland, ‘King’s Head’

Harding Robert Compton, surgeon

Harding Rowland Charles, registrar of births & deaths

Hibbeard Jacob, shopkeeper

Hill William, farmer

Holloway James, carpenter

Horcombe Sidney, butcher

Horcombe William, ironmonger

Jackson Charles, stonemason

Jackson Charles, shopkeeper, Totness

Jones Mary (Mrs.), blacksmith

Kilmister Matthew, shoemaker

Leach Benjamin, school

Leonard Miles, saw mill

Lord James, ‘Old Crown’

Lusty Henry & Thomas, saw mill

Lusty William, wood turner

Martin Frederick, shopkeeper

Martin John, saw mill

Norris Charles, beer retailer

Powell Daniel, beer retailer

Powell Peter, baker

Price Chas. agent to the County fire office

Price Charlotte (Mrs.), brewer

Tanner Frederick, wheelwright

Tilley George, plasterer

Window Cornelius, shopkeeper

Woodcock Elizabeth (Mrs.), ‘Crown’

Post Office. – Thomas Hill, receiver.  Letters are dispatched at ¼ past 5 p.m.; delivered at 9 a.m.  The nearest money order office is at Dursley.

National School, John Williams, master; Mrs. Elizabeth Hurcombe, mistress

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol.  Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

Uley Gell and Bradshaw 1820

Adey George and Co., clothiers

Austin Abraham, shopkeeper

Bailey Leonard, hallier

Baker Rev. W. L.

Blackden Richard, gent.

Broughton Wm., cloth worker

Charnock Nehemiah, clothier

Cornwall Rev. E.

Daniel, Lloyd and Co., clothiers

Dauncey Wm., shoemaker

Ferebee John, victualler, Old Crown

Ferebee Wm., shopkeeper

Ford John, clothier

Freeman Thomas, grocer and tea dealer

Gardner J., draper

Greening Wm., baker

Gregory Mrs.

Gregory Captain

Gurner Robert, victualler, Crown and Sceptre

Hawker Charles, commercial agent

Hill Wm., butcher

Hill Wm. jun., butcher

Hill Charles, butcher

Hill Samuel, shoemaker

Hill John, shopkeeper

Hinton Wm., gent

Hunt John, shoemaker

Ivey Mrs.

Jackson Edward, clothier

Jackson Charles, stone-mason

Jackson Edward, jun., clothier

Jeens Joseph, clothier

Jones Henry, blacksmith

Knight Wm., builder

Knight Susannah, dressmaker

Knight Hannah, victualler, Shears

Leich and Hill, school for young ladies

Millard Aaron, hallier

Neal Daniel, brewer

Nichols Thomas, shopkeeper

Nicholls James, grocer

Pearce Mrs., blacksmith

Pearce Thomas, blacksmith

Penley John, dyer

Penley John, blue dyer

Price Samuel, grocer and brewer

Sheppard Edward, Esq., clothier, residence Ridge

Smith, King and Hanbury, clothiers, Jackson’s mill

Souls Wm., tailor and salesman

Souls Wm., maltster and baker

Stiff Thomas, gent.

Taylor Rev. A. R., Independent Minister

Taylor Wm., watch and clock maker

Trull Joseph, butcher

Warner Miss H., school for young ladies

Went Samuel, gent.

Went Mrs. Ann, hallier, Green

Went Thomas, maltster

Williams Henry, shopkeeper

Source: The Gloucestershire Directory; R. Gell & T. Bradshaw; Printed by J. Roberts, Gloucester 1820

Dursley (inc. Uley) Universal British Directory 1791

This town was formerly remarkable for its extensive broad-cloth manufactory; and still carries on a considerable trade in that branch of business; as also in card-making.  It is a borough of very great antiquity, being one of the five boroughs returned by the sheriff of the county in the reign of Edward I but it has long lost the privilege of sending members to parliament.  It is now governed by a bailiff chosen annually.  The town gives the title of Viscount to Earl Berkeley.  Here is a handsome market-house, built in 1738, of freestone; market on Thursday; and fairs on the 6th of May, and 4th of December.  The town consists of two narrow streets, forming something like the letter T, with a hamlet without the borough, containing more houses than either of them.  On the S. side of the church-yard rises perpendicularly a copious spring, which drives a fulling-mill within a hundred yards of it.  The church is large with two aisles and a tower.

Dursley, it is said, has been formerly noted for a sharp over-reaching people; whence arose a proverbial saying of a tricking man, “He is a man of Dursley.”  Contiguous to the town are the remains of a rock of towfe stone, remarkable for its extreme durability: the exterior walls of the noble castle of Berkeley were built with this stone; and although upwards of six centuries have passed since their erection, they do not shew the least appearance of decay.  Adjoining to the town, an excellent and extensive paper-manufactory has been recently established by Mr. Joseph Smith.  At Cambridge, (on the Bristol road,) four miles from Dursley, is a very extensive manufactory of edge-tools; the proprietor of which is Mr. William Underwood.  Stinchcomb Hill, near Dursley, commands prospects of as great extent and beauty as any eminence in the kingdom.

Banker – Richard Williams draws on Vere, Lucadou, Troughton, Lucadou, and Smart, No. 77, Lombard-street, London.

Postmaster, Matthew Church; post in and out daily. – Distributor of stamps, Richard Williams.

Waggons to London, Bristol, Gloucester, and Tetbury, weekly.  In Dursley is but one good inn, the Old Bell. – Dursley is distant from Gloucester 15 miles; Stroud 10; Tetbury 10; Cirencester 20; Berkeley 5; Wotton 4; and from London 107.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:

Gentry, &c.

Adey Samuel, Esq.

Blackwell Nathaniel, Gent. (F.)

Cooper Richard Bransby, Esq.

Cam John, Gent. (F.)

Compton Robert, Gent. (F.)

Jones Mrs. Mary

King John, Esq. (F.)

Morse Thomas, Esq. (F.)

Morse Mrs. A.

Purnell Thomas Purnell, Esq. (F.)

Purnell William, Esq. (F.)

Phelps John de la F. Esq. (F.)

Phelps James, Esq.

Phillimore Samuel, Esq. (F.)

Wallington John, Esq. (F.)

Wallington Mrs. Arabella

Wiltshire William, Esq. (F.)


Webster Rev. James, L.L.B. (F.) Rector and Archdeacon of Gloucester


Gregory Thomas, Apothecary

Shrapnell William Fisher, Surgeon

Williams Isaac, (F.) Surgeon and Apothecary


Hill John, Attorney

Holbrow William, Attorney

Vizard William, (F.) Attorney

Whithorne Conway, (F.) Attorney and Deputy Clerk of the Peace

Traders, &c.

Ball John, (F.) Card-maker

Bendall John, Baker

Blackwell Isaac, Millwright

Brown John, (F.) Grocer & Chandler

Browning John, (F.) Yeoman

Church Matthew, Victualler (Old Bell)

Champion Samuel, Sadler

Dando Stephen, Hatter

Danford Rachel, Mealwoman

Dawe William, (F.) Mason

Dimery Daniel, Maltster

Drew William, (F.) Yeoman

Elliotts Samuel, Shopkeeper

Gethen John, (F.) Maltster

Hitchins Jonathan, (F.) Plaisterer

Hitchins Thomas, (F.) Plaisterer

Hitchins William, (F.) Plaisterer

Hopkins Richard, (F.) Victualler

Jones Isaac, (F.) Glazier

Lewton Joseph, (F.) Sadler

Lewton Thomas, Card-maker

Lewton Ann, Milliner

Longstreeth Daniel, (F.) Shopkeeper

Mear Thomas, Watch-maker

Moore Thomas, Grocer and Chandler

Millard Edward, Carrier

Neale Eliza and Co. Milliners

Neale Thomas, Victualler

Nicholas James, (F.) Card-maker

Phelps William, Clothier

Roach William, (F.) Roper

Richards William, (F.) Gloucester and Tetbury Carrier

Richards Thomas, Cornfactor

Robbins William, Carpenter

Sanegar Abraham, (F.) Card-maker

Sanegar Samuel, (F.) Card-maker

Smith Joseph, Paper-maker

Sims Edward, Victualler

Taylor William, (F.) Baker & Maltster

Tippitts Thomas, Clothier

Tilton John, Brazier

Trottman Richard, Baker

Wallington Edward, Clothier

Williams Richard, (F.) Mercer

Williams Rice, Mealman

Williams Edmund, Baker

The following gentlemen have seats in the neighbourhood of Dursley: Robert Kingscote, Esq. (F.) Kingscote. – Thomas Daunt, Esq. (F.) Owlpen. – Nicholas O. S. Owen, Esq. (F.) and John Hall, Gent. (F.) North  Nibley. – Daniel Weight, Esq. (F.) Clingre. – William Henry Field, Esq. Peers Court. – John Mabbett, Esq. (F.) Stinchcombe. – Richard Bigland, Esq. (F.) Frocester. – Rev. George Hayward, (F.) Frocester. – Robert Phillimore, Esq. (F.) Cam. – Rev Richard Lockey, (F.) and Rev. John Thomas, Cam.

Adjoining parish to Dursley is the populous village of Uley, in which the clothing business is carried on to a very considerable extent.

The following are the principal inhabitants of Uley:


Baker Rev. William Floyd, (F.)

Gregory Rev. John, (F.) Rector

Traders &c.

Blagden Richard, (F.) Clothier

Cole John, (F.) Hatter

Harris George & James, (F.) Clothiers

Hawker Thomas, (F.) Clothier

Jackson Edward, (F.) Clothier

Knight Thomas, (F.) Soapboiler

Lloyd Nath. and Daniel, (F.) Clothiers

Manning Francis, (F.) Maltster

Price John, (F.) Maltster

Sheppard and Hickes, Clothiers

Souls Samuel, (F.) Innkeeper

Went Thomas, (F.) Clothier

Went Samuel, (F.) Maltster

Williams Rice, Baker

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


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