Westbury on Severn is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.
Other places in the parish include: Rodley.
Parish registers begin: 1538
Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.
Westbury-on-Severn, a parish in the hund, and union of Westbury, county of Gloucester; 3 miles north-east of Newnham. It includes the township of Rodley. Living, a vicarage in the archd. of Hereford and dio. of Gloucester; rated at £20 2s. 8½d.; nett value £261. Tithes commuted in 1839; aggregate amount belonging to the custos and vicars of college vicars, Hereford, £555 11s. 10d. In the patronage of the custos of the college of vicar’s-choral in the cathedral church of Hereford. The Wesleyan Methodists have a place of worship here. There is a National school here with a small endowment. Atkyn, in his history of the county, says of this parish: “It lies in three hundreds; part of it lies in the duchy hundred, part in the hundred of St. Briavil, and the greater part lies in the hundred of Westbury, which has its name from this considerable parish. This large parish contains many hamlets, viz., Adset, Bolloe, Boseley, Claxhill, Cleve, Elton, Nether-Laugh, Norwood, and Upper-Laugh.” Acres 7,930. Houses 401. A.P. £9,293. Pop., in 1801, 1,651; in 1831, 2,032. Poor rates, in 1838, £1,144 4s. The Westbury-on-Severn poor- law union comprehends 13 parishes, all in Gloucestershire, with a total area of 38 square miles; and a population, in 1831, of 8,760; and, in 1841, of 14,619. Expenditure for the year ending 25th March, 1838, £3,019; average annual expenditure of the three years preceding the formation of union £3,466. Expenditure for the year ending 25th March, 1841, £3,197 2s. The workhouse has been on two occasions altered and enlarged by the poor-law commissioners at a total expense of £2,350.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.
In the Matter of the Petition of Jaspar Fowler, at present and for six months and upwards last past, residing at Little Dean-hill, in the hamlet of the Lea Bailey, in the parish of Newland, in the county of Gloucester, Licensed victualler and Innkeeper, previously of Westbury-upon Severn, in the county of Gloucester, Master of the Union Workhouse, and previously of Abinghall, in the county of Gloucester, Police Serjeant in the Gloucestershire Constabulary Force. NOTICE is hereby given, that John Maurice Herbert, Esq. Judge of the County Court of Herefordshire, at Ross, acting in the matter of this Petition, will proceed to make a Final Order thereon, at the said Court, on the 18th day of May next, at ten of the clock in the forenoon precisely, unless cause be then and there shewn to the contrary.