Whiteshill, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

St Paul's parish church, Whiteshill, Gloucestershire, seen from the north. The copyright on this image is owned by Vincent Jones and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Whiteshill is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1844 from chapelry in Stroud Ecclesiastical Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Bread Street, Ruscombe, and Paganhill.

Parish church: St Paul

Parish registers begin: 1845

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Whiteshill

  • Randwick
  • Rodborough
  • Standish
  • Cainscross
  • Slad
  • Harescombe

Historical Descriptions

The memorial arch in Stroud circa 1964., near to Whiteshill, Gloucestershire. The copyright on this image is owned by Antony Ewart Smith and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.



WHITESHILL, a chapelry in Stroud parish, Gloucester; 1 mile from Stroud r. station. It was constituted in 1843; and it contains Paganhill, Bread-Street, and Ruscombe hamlets, the first of which has a post-office under Stroud. Pop., 1,516. Houses, 342. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £116. Patron, the Bishop of G. and B. The church was built in 1841. There are an Independent chapel and a national school.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Paganhill Gloucestershire Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Paganhill, a hamlet in Whiteshill chapelry, Stroud parish, Gloucester; 1 mile from Stroud r. station. It has a post-office under Stroud.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A Fullerton & Co. N.d.c. [1870-72].


Ruscombe. Tucked into a narrow valley in the Cotswolds just north of Stroud. A view from the Congregational church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White’s Hill, with the Hamlets of Pagan Hill, Bread Street and Ruscombe Gloucestershire Directory 1856

White’s Hill (Whiteshill) is a village situate in the township, parish, Union and parliamentary borough of Stroud, 1 mile from the Stroud railway station, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. Paul was built in the year 1851, with stone, in the Norman style, and has a tower, nave, chancel, organ, and 1 bell. The living is a perpetual curacy, worth £54 yearly, with residence and 3 acres of glebe land, on the gift of the Bishop; the Rev. William Harris Roach, B.A., is the incumbent. There is an Independent chapel, and a National school for boys and girls, supported by voluntary contributions. The population, in 1851, including Bread Street and Ruscombe, was 1,400, and the acreage is about 500. Joseph Cripps, Esq., is the chief landowner.

Farm Hill and Field Place are situated here. 

White’s Hill

Roach Rev. William Harris, B.A. Parsonage house


Clissold Henry, beer retailer

Copner George, beer retailer

Merrett Reuben, carpenter

Phipps Edwin, farmer, Stokenhill farm

Phipps Thomas, farmer, Kite’s Nest frm

Steel Henry, ‘Star’

Pagan Hill


Cripps Joseph, esq. Farm hill

Freeman Mrs. Field place

Hunt Dutton, esq. Farm hill

Miles Mrs. Henry


Bidmead Richard, flock manufacturer & dairyman

Cox Joseph, baker & postmaster

Harper Ann (Miss), laundress

Harper John, carpenter & builder

Hill Richard, butcher & farmer

Holmes Edward, millwright & engineer

Holmes William, blacksmith & farrier

Jorden Joseph, wheelwright

King Thomas, teasel merchant

Leech John, beer retailer & butcher

Pearce Benjamin, shopkeeper

Smith Richard, plasterer

Vines Henry, ‘Rose’

Watkins Francis, bookmaker

Wicks Matthew, seedsman

Bread Street

Leech John, butcher



Bennett William, shopkeeper

Browning Samuel, shopkeeper

Cook James, beer retailer & baker

Lewis James, shoemaker

Phipps John, farmer, Ruscombe farm

Pitt Hannah (Mrs), beer retailer

Smith Samuel, shopkeeper & baker

Post Office.- Joseph Cox, receiver, Pagan hill. Letters arrive through Stroud at 8 a.m. & are dispatched at 14 past 4 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Stroud.

Places of Worship:-

St. Paul’s Church, Rev. Wm. Harris Roach, B.A. incumbent.

Independent Chapel, Ruscombe, no settled minister

Public Schools:-

National (boys & girls), Charles Whittard Baily, master; Mrs. Mary Ann Moreman, mistress.

British (infant), Mrs. Esther Browning, 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.


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