Painswick Gloucestershire Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Edge, Stroud End, and Spoonbed

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1547

Nonconformists include: Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics. The Roman Catholic chapel stands at Beeches-Green, near Stroud.

Parishes adjacent to Painswick

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PAINWICK, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Stroud district, Gloucester. The town stands on the declivity of Spoonbed hill, adjacent to a small affluent of the river Stroud, 3½ miles NNE of Stroud r. station, and 6 SSE of Gloucester; is regularly built of a peculiar white local stone; and has a post-office under Stroud. A weekly market is held on Thursday; a market, chiefly for sheep, on the Tuesday after All Saints day; and fairs, on Whit-Tuesday and 19 Sept. The parish comprises the tythings of Edge, Sheepscombe, Spoonbed, and Stroud-End. Acres, 5,815. Real property, £20,997; of which £72 are in quarries, and £3,575 in the Thames and Severn canal. Pop. in 1851, 3,464; in 1861, 3,229. Houses, 763. The manor bore the name of Wiche at Domesday; belonged then to Rogerde Lacy; and passed to Pain Fitz-John, the Kingstons, and the Jerninghams. Court House was the scene of a court by Charles I., and is now unoccupied. Painswick House is the residence of W. H. Hyett, Esq.; Brown’s Hill, of S. S. Dickinson, Esq.; Tocknells, of Codrington, Esq.; Steinbridge House, of R. L. Townsend, Esq.; and the Grove, of W. Capel, Esq. Spoonbed hill commands a very extensive view of the valley of the Severn; was occupied by the troops of Charles I., after the siege of Gloucester; and is crowned by a well-preserved double-entrenched Roman camp, where Roman coins and weapons have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £449. Patron, the Rev. A. J. Biddell. The church is ancient; shows features of both pointed and columnar architecture; has a tower and spire 174 feet high; and contains monuments of the Jerninghams. The church yard is remarkably neat, and has 116 yew-trees. A cemetery was formed, in 1863, on Spoonbed hill; comprises about 4 acres; and has two mortuary chapels, in the decorated English style, with a tower and spire between them. The p. curacies of Sheepscombe and Slad are separate benefices. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics, a nunnery, an endowed school with £64 a year, three national schools, and charities £66. The Independent chapel was rebuilt in 1865, and is in the pointed style of the 13th century. The Roman Catholic chapel stands at Beeches-Green, near Stroud; and is large and handsome. The sub-district contains also three other parishes. Acres, 10,325. Pop., 4,334. Houses, 992.

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


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Edge, a tything in Painswick parish, Gloucester; 2 miles N of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Real property, £5,638. Pop., 1,176. Houses, 273.

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 1851

Edge, a tything in the parish of Painswick, county of Gloucester; about 2 miles north of Stroud. Houses 314. Pop., in 1821, 1,627; in 1831, 1,559. Other returns with the parish.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


England’s Gazetteer 1752

Spoonbed, (Gloc.) in the p. of Painswick, was granted by Hen. VIII. to Sir Will. Kingston, and was lately in the family of Journingham.

Source: England’s Gazetteer; Stephen Whatley; 1752.


Marriages at Painswick 1547 to 1812.

Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol VIII. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.

Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Blagg, Thomas Matthews.

Note. – The Registers of Marriages for the important parish of Painswick, prior to 1812, are comprised in the following six volumes: – Vol. I contains entries of Weddings for 1547, 1551, 1557-1627; Vol. II, 1653-1703; Vol. III, 1710-1754; Vol. IV, 1758-1782; Banns Book, 1754-1802; Vol. V, 1782-1798 (printed forms); Vol. VI, 1798-1812 (printed forms).

The earliest register in Painswick thus begins: – “This is the Register books that belongethe unto the parrishe of Panswicke, in the countie of Gloucester, Begyning in the ij yeare of kinge Edward the sixth, who began his reigne over this K[ingdom] of England the xxviijth daye of Ianuaries, one thousand five hundred [forty-seven]. Conteyninge Baptizinges, weddings, and burials.”

It may be observed that the chronological order of the entries is very irregular.

The first entry is :- “Imprimis … Tayler, the sonne of John Tayler, baptizd the vj of february.”

Under date 1597 is this entry:- “The copie of the Letters testimonial or Certificat of the marryage of Robert Hylman to Ayles Mayer, written here and Registred by me Roger Garroll, vicar of Paynswicke and the wryter hereof as foll : To all true Christian people, and to all other the Quenes maiesties Lovinge subjects as well spirituall as temporall, to whom these Letters Testimoniall shall appertayne, &c. KNOWE ye that J, Roger Gardner, clerke minister of godds holye worde and Sacraments, have mynistred the solempnization of matrymonie, between Robert Hylman, of the p’ishe of Panswicke within the Countie and Dioces of Gloucester, and Ayles Mayer, of the same, &c., the xixth daye of Auguste, beinge Mondaye, in the parish Churche of Upton Byshoppe within the Countie and Dioces aforesaide, Anno Domini 1597, et Anno Regni Regine Elizabethae, thirtie nyne, &c. Jn wytnes whereof J have put to my hand, the daye and yere above written, &c. By me Roger Gardner, Clerke and curatu.”

Vol. II commences with : “This Register Book conteyneth in it wedings, Baptizings and Burials in the parish of Painswicke, Thomas Lygon being Register thereof, the first day of March 1653, according to ye sd Act, and sworne by Jo : Lygon.”

On p. 9 is :- “All these p’ties aforesaid were married by Iohn Lygon, one of the Justices of the Peace of the County of Gloucr., who was buried the Tenth day of August 1656.”

The transcripts of the Painswick Registers for the following years are preserved at the Registrar’s Office, Gloucester :- 1570-79, 1601, 1607, 1614, 1617, 1620, 1622-25, 1629, 1636, 1638-40, 1660-62, 1664, 1666-7, 1669-70, 1672, 1674-75, 1677-82, 1684-97, 1700-03, 1706-20, 1722-25, 1727-29, 1731-34, 1736-62, 1764-1811.

A transcript copy of the Monumental Inscriptions in Painswick church and churchyard was made in 1879-80, by Mr. Cecil T. Davis. An * is added to those names in the following list of marriages which appear in those inscriptions.

By the kind permission of the Revs. H. H. McCrea, M.A., W. S. Guest-Williams, M.A., and W. H. Seddon, M.A., successively vicars of Painswick, these registers were copied by the late Mr. Uriah J. Davis, of The Court House, Painswick, his son Mr. Cecil T. Davis, of Wandsworth, and Mr. W. St. Clair Baddeley, of Painswick. The MS. was compared with the original by the Rev. F. de Freville, of Painswick.

Marriages at Painswick 1547 to 1812 –

Marriages at Painswick 1547-1812 – UK Genealogy Archives


Marriages at Painswick 1810 to 1812

Marriages at Painswick 1805 to 1809

Marriages at Painswick 1800 to 1804

Marriages at Painswick 1795 to 1799

Parish Records

People from Painswick, Gloucestershire have been found in the following records.

Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Find A Grave Index
British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1901
England and Wales Census, 1911
England and Wales Census, 1881
England and Wales Census, 1851
England and Wales Census, 1861
England and Wales Census, 1871
England and Wales Census, 1891
England and Wales Census, 1841

Migration Records

United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956
Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954

Military Records

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920


Painswick Gell and Bradshaw Gloucestershire Directory 1820

Painswick Universal British Directory 1791


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Baylis Edward, Painswick, Gloucestershire, wool dealer, Dec. 6, 1823.


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