Wickwar, Gloucestershire Family History

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

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1689

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wickwar

  • Kingswood
  • Tytherington
  • Charfield
  • Rangeworthy
  • Yate
  • Hillesley
  • Cromhall

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WICKWAR, a small town and a parish in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The town stands on the Birmingham and Bristol railway, 4 miles N of Chipping-Sodbury; is a borough by prescription, governed by a mayor and 12 aldermen; and has a post-office under Wotton-under-Edge, a r. station, a mechanics’ institute, with reading room and library, an early English church, an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £180 a year, a Church girls’ school, charities £60, four malthouses, an extensive brewery, and fairs on 6 April, 2 July, and the first Monday of Nov. The parish comprises 2,307 acres. Real property, £5,501. Pop., 949. Houses, 211. The manor belongs to Earl Ducie. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £436. Patron, Earl Ducie.

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

Wickwar Marriages

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812

Note. – Wickwar, though never more than a village with one street, was one of the unreformed boroughs governed by a Mayor and Corporation, until their abolition in 1887.

Vol. I of the Registers is a white parchment book, containing for each year, under separate headings, lists of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials; it includes the period from 1689 to 1777; after that date the Marriages are in a separate volume.

These Marriage entries have been transcribed by Mr. Henry C. Malden, M.A., of Godalming, and are printed under his supervision by permission of the Rector, the Rev. Ralph J. Lyon, Hon. Canon of Gloucester and Rural Dean.

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Wickwar Marriages 1803 to 1812

Volume III.

Thomas Goulter & Mary Griffin, 16 Mar. 1803

John Skilling, of Somerford, Wilts, & Anne Clarke, lic., 20 May 1803

Charles White & Elizabeth Waine, 21 Sept. 1803

William Cook & Joice Wirrett, 6 Feb. 1804

George Kerrick & Mary Park, 1 Apr. 1804

Robert Griffin, of Kingswood, Wilts, & Elizabeth Mallett, 8 Apr. 1804

John Fowles, b., & Elizabeth Andrews, s., 25 Aug. 1804

James Underhill, b., & Hannah Werrett, 9 Dec. 1804

Charles Hallier & Ruth Summers, 26 Dec. 1804

William Lovegrove, b., & Elizabeth Witchell, s., 27 Dec. 1804

Isaac Vowles, senr., & Esther Hallier, 27 Dec. 1804

Joseph Short & Charity Lord, 30 Dec. 1804

Robert Wadham & Mary Denman, 7 Feb. 1805

Thomas Golter & Mary Kirbey, 3 Mar. 1805

Charles Morley & Elizabeth Werrett, 11 Mar. 1805

Thomas Burr, w., & Ann Blanch, s., 20 Mar. 1805

John Ford, of Yate, b., & Christian Morley, of this p., s., 11 Apr. 1805

Edward Davis, of Bolcomb, co. Somerset, b., & Eleanor Allen, of this p., s., 22 Aug. 1805

William Newson, b., & Elizabeth Whitcombe, of St. Michael, Bristol, w., lic., 25 Aug. 1805

Thomas Spill & Jane Ball, 4 Nov. 1805

John Webb & Sarah Hallier, 2 Mar. 1806

James Colborn & Esther Kilmister, 8 Sept. 1806

James Stanner & Elizabeth Watts, 5 Apr. 1807

Arthur Cook, w., & Charity Short, w., of Yeate, 6 Apr. 1807

John Minett & Sarah Atkins, 26 May 1807

John Chandler, of Fosbury, Wilts, b., & Betty Taylor, s., of this p., lic., 4 Jan. 1808

William White, junr., & Mary Jones, 17 Mar. 1808

Joseph Minett, b., & Martha Hobb, s., lic., 9 May 1808

John Underhill & Mary Hallier, 26 Sept. 1808

George Frape, of Iron Acton, & Mary Davis, of this p., 5 Oct. 1808

Thomas Cook, w., & Susannah Batt, 22 Oct. 1808

William Godwin & Hannah Watts, 5 June 1809

Charles Spill, of Rangeworthy, & Ann Hollway, 7 Sept. 1809

John Ball, of Norton, & Ann Tanner, of this p., 19 Oct. 1809

Daniel Park & Ann Franklin, 1 Apr. 1810

James Beckingham & Hannah Kilmister, 7 Aug. 1810

Thomas Cary, of Wotton-under-Edge, b., & Ann Morley, of this p. w., lic., 11 Apr. 1811

James Hawkins & Elizabeth Cook, 13 Apr. 1811

Christopher Heath, of Chippenham, Wilts, b., & Mary Heath, of this p., lic., 15 Aug. 1811

Edward Hearn & Hannah Excell, 14 Oct. 1811

John Wathen & Martha Haynes, 29 Jan. 1812

William Hobbs, of Berkeley, b., & Esther Minett, of this p., s., lic., 7 Feb. 1812

William Lovell & Hannah Maria Park, 22 Apr. 1812

George Kerrick, of Yeat, & Ann Davis, of this p., 4 May 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XI. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1905.


Wickwar Bennetts Business Directory 1899

Arnold J & Sons, brewers, High st

Arnold, Perrett & Co. Ltd, brewers

Beaufort Arms, High st – A Raggatt

Berry M E, fancy repository, High st

Bulley J, baker confectioner, pastrycook, flour, bran & meal factor, High st

Crown Inn, High st – C Blaken

Daniel F, saddler, High st

Franklin G, builder, High st

Free School, High st

Gate Inn, Sodbury rd – J Chappell

Hobbs W, stone mcht, Old Barn Quarry

Honeyborne J, grocer

Huff L, coach builder, High st

Isaac Miss, ironmonger, High st

Kathro H, baker, flour, bran & meal factor, High st. Whole-meal bread made to order

Merrett S, stationer, High st

Minett C, butcher, High st

Morley W, greengrocer, High st

New Inn Hotel, High st – Z Durkee, proprietor. Family & commercial. Every accommodation. C.T.C. headquarters

Park D, beer retailer. High st

Powell J, rate collector, High st

Powell J & Cons, tailors and breeches makers, Hig st (sic). Fit & style guaranteed. Ladies jackets made to order.

Railway Hotel – S Gothard

Ranger C, carpenter, High st

Roberts J, beer retailer, High st

Robinson A, grocer, Post Office, High st

Rodway Mrs E, grocer, High st

Savory R, seedsman, High st

Shipway E, blacksmith, High st

Simmonds & Forty, surgeons, High st

Webb G, bootmaker, High st

White F, bootmaker, High st

White Horse, Station rd – A Codrington

Wicks E, watchmaker, High st

Wickham C, grocer, tea dealer, provision merchant, corn & flour factor, ham and bacon curer, High st

Wickwar Endowed School – W Woodford

Source: Bennetts Business Directory (Gloucestershire Section) 1899; Bennett & Co. Printers and Publishers, Birmingham.

Wickwar Universal British Directory 1791

One hundred and thirteen miles from London, is a very ancient borough-town, but of late years much decayed, and is now without any trade. It is still governed by a mayor, and an indefinite number of aldermen, but sends no members. It has a nominal market-day on Monday; and two annual fairs, April 6 and June 24, the profits whereof belong to the mayor, who is an alderman ever after his office expired. The town is well watered by two brooks, over one of which is a handsome stone-bridge, and the wastes of it afford plenty of coal. This parish is much obliged to one Alexander Hosea, a poor boy, a native of it, that ran away from his parents, but met with such fortune in the world, that he gave 600l to build a school-house here, endowing it with a very good house in Gray’s-inn-lane, London, for maintenance of the schoolmaster, which gift was settle by a decree in chancery. The church is a large edifice, with two aisles. The tower is at the west end, and is high, adorned with pinnacles. Wickwar is distant from Gloucester twenty-six miles, from Wotton five, and from Sodbury four. Wotton is the post-town. The principal inns are the King’s Arms and New Inn. – No coach or carrier to or from this place. The parish is ten miles in compass. – The following are the principal inhabitants:


Cullimore James, Gent. (F.)

Ducie Right Honourable Lord, Tortworth-court

Hobbs William, Gent. (F.)

Hockley Arthur, Gent. (F.)

Hockley William, Gent. (F.)

Pardoe John Woodman, Gent. (F.)

Wade Mrs.


Chester Rev. John, (F.) D. D. Rector

Jones Rev. Richard, Charfield

Jones Rev. Thomas, Cromhall

Penny Rev. Robert, D. D. Cromhall

Thomas Rev. Thomas, Kingswood

Williams Rev. Mr. Curate, and Master of the Grammar-school


Stokes Edward, (F.) Attorney


Bick Nathaniel, (F.) Yeoman

Canter William, (F.) Yeoman

Crew Samuel, New Inn

Fowler Richard, (F.) Shopkeeper

Morley William, King’s Arms

Wilkins Daniel, (F.) Yeoman

The village of Rangeworthy is three miles from Wickwar, and the same distance from Thornbury.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chipping Sodbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Hawkesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chipping Sodbury
  • Hundred: Grumbald’s Ash
  • Province: Canterbury