Alveston Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Alveston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: the hamlet of Earthcott and part of the hamlet of Rudgway, Grovesend, Urcat and Grovening.

Parish church: St Helen (Note: Kellys Directories give the name of the church as St Andrew)

Parish registers begin: 1742

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist, Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodist Reform.

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Parishes adjacent to Alveston

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Alveston, a parish in Thornbury district, Gloucester; 1¾ mile S of Thornbury, 2½ E of the Bristol and Wales railway, and 6 WNW of Yate r. station. It has a post office under Bristol; and contains the hamlets of Grovening and Urcat. Acres, 2,518. Real property, £5,384. Pop., 841. Houses, 188. The property is much subdivided. Vestiges of Roman camps occur on Oldbury-hill and Castle-hill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £250. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient. There are two Methodist chapels, a national school, and charities £6.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Alveston, 2 miles S.W. Thornbury. P. 841

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Alveston, a parish partly in the upper and partly in the lower division of the hund. of Langley and Swineshead, union of Thornbury, Gloucestershire; 9 miles north by east of Bristol; on the post-road to Thornbury. It includes the hamlets of Grovening and Urcot. Living, a curacy annexed to Olveston, in the archd. of Gloucester and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol. There are two daily and Sunday schools here, with about 90 scholars. In this parish there are vestiges of two Roman camps, the one on the top of Oldbury-hill, near the Severn, the other on Castle-hill. Pop., in 1801, 412; in 1831, 800. Houses 137. Acres 2,470. A. P. £4,173. Poor rates, in 1837, £237.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Alveston, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Thornbury (116) 3 m. S b E. Pop. 657.

A parish, partly in the upper and partly in the lower division of the hundred of Langley and Swineshead. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol, annexed to that of Olveston. This parish contains the vestiges of two Roman camps, the one on the top of a hill, called Oldbury, near the Severn, the other called Castle-hill, in both which places various relics of antiquity have been discovered.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. I; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Parish Records

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

 

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

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

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Directories

Alveston Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Alveston is a parish and village, with the hamlet of Earthcott and part of the hamlet of Rudgway, 7 miles west-south-west from Wickwar, 6 north-west from Yate station, 8 north-west from Chipping Sodbury, 1 south east from Thornbury, 10 north from Bristol, 24 south from Gloucester, and 117 from London, in Lower Langley and Swineshead hundred, Thornbury uuion and county court district, West Gloucestershire, Bristol deanery and arch deaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the Gloucester and Bristol road. The church of St. Andrew is an ancient stone building in the Gothic style ; it has a nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with 3 bells. The living is a perpetual curacy, tithe rent-charge £322 yearly, with 24 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol; the Rev. John Rawes, B.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, is the incumbent. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. There is a National school for boys and girls, supported by weekly payments and voluntary subscriptions. Coral limestone abounds in the neighbourhood, and supplies the lower level with large quantities of lime, which is much prized. The soil is light loamy; the subsoil is in some parts limestone; in others, clay. The Rev. James Jarvis Peach is lord of the manor, and Alexander George Fullerton, Esq., is chief landowner. There are charities of £5 19s. yearly value. The population in 1801 was 841, and the number of acres 2,518.

Dodgmoor and Shillars Lane are places here.

Parish Clerk, Mark Ann.

Alveston.

Brown William, esq. Grovesend house

Bush Edward, esq

Bush Thomas, esq. The Loans

Cullimer William, esq. The Rookery

Honnywill William Henry, esq

Rawes Rev. John, B.A. [incumbent], Alveston green

Ann Mark & Joseph, tilers, plasterers, painters & paperhangers

Ann Mary (Miss), shopkeeper

Ann Robert, stonemason

Biddle Daniel, carpenter & wheelwright

Biddle Robert, farmer

Doward Esther (Mrs.), Ship inn

Gunter Chas. carpenter & wheelwright

Gunter John, farmer

Gunter William, farmer, Street farm

Hayward Richard, farmer, Shillars lane

Hopkins Edward, coach builder, carpenter, wheelwright & undertaker

Jones William, farmer, Conygre farm

Keedwell Thomas, farmer

Libert William, classical, mathematical & commercial academy, Alveston ho

Luce Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Grovesend

Martin Hugh, farmer & timber dealer

Matthews William, shoemaker

Pearce Charles, farmer

Stephens William, beer retailer

Stevens William, blacksmith

Williams John, carpenter & wheelwright

Young Henry, farmer, Church farm

Earthcott.

Eacott John & Philip, farmers

Gunter Edwin, farmer

Matthews Robert, farmer

Meredith Edward, farmer

Savery William, John & Mark, agricultural implement manufacturers

Stinchcomb Wm. carpenter & wheelwrght

Young Mary (Mrs.), farmer

Post Office.— Mark Ann, postmaster. Mails arrive at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched 4.30 p.m. Second arrival 7 p.m.; dispatched 8.30 next morning. The nearest money order office is at Thornbury

National School, Miss Mary Anne Gray, mistress

Rudgway.

Angel George, beer retailer

Biddle Edwrd. timber mercht. & postmastr

Martin George, blacksmith

Milliner James, shopkeeper

Smith George, shopkeeper

Post Office. — Edward Biddle, postmaster. Mails arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4.45 p.m. Second arrival at 6.45 p.m.; dispatched at 9 next morning.

Carriers (from Thornbury through Alveston to Bristol) : —

Baylis, tuesday, thursday & Saturday ; Wilson, monday, Wednesday & friday

Conveyance. — Putley's & White's omnibuses from Thornbury to Bristol, daily.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

Alveston Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Alveston is a parish and village with the hamlet of Earthcott and part of the hamlet of Rudgway, 5 miles west-south-west from Wickwar, and 5 north-west from Yate station, 8 north-west from Chipping Sodbury, 1 south-east from Thornbury, 10 north from Bristol, 24 south from Gloucester, and 117 from London, in Lower Langley and Swineshead Hundred, Thornbury Union, West Gloucestershire, Bristol archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the Gloucester and Bristol road. The church of St. Andrew is an ancient stone building, in the Gothic style. It has nave, chancel, and south porch, square embattled tower, and 3 bells. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £322 yearly, with 26 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol; the Rev. John Rawes, B.A., is the incumbent. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here; the Wesleyans have a chapel at Earthcott. There is a National school for boys and girls, partly supported by the weekly payments of the children and partly by voluntary subscriptions. Coral limestone abounds in the neighbourhood, and supplies the lower level with large quantities of lime which is much prized. The soil is light loamy; the subsoil is in some parts limestone, in others silex. Jamus Jarvis Peach, Esq., is lord of the manor, and Alexander George Fullerton, Esq., is chief landowner. There are charities of £6 2s. 2d. yearly value. The population, in 1851, was 847, and the number of acres, 2,518.

Grovesend House is the seat of William Brown, Esq.; the Rookery, of William Cullimer, Esq.; Ridgeway or Rudgeway, Street, Church, and Coneygre or Coneygore, are the names of farms. Forty Acres is half a mile north; Freesewood, half a mile north-west; Stroud Common, 1 mile south-west, Wolfridge, 1 mile south-west; Lower Hazel, 1 mile north; Green Hill, half a mile west; Dodgmoor, 2 miles north-east; Shillar’s Lane and Owl’s Nest, 2 miles north-east.

Alveston

Gentry

Baker Captain James Vashon, R.N.

Brown William, esq. Grovesend house

Cullimer William, esq. the Rookery

Honnywill William Henry, esq

Traders

Ann Robert & Thomas, stonemsns. & bldrs

Ann Mark, painter

Biddle Daniel, carpenter & wheelwright

Bush Edward, farmer

Cary William, farmer, Church farm

Doward Edward, ‘Ship’

Gunter William, farmer, Street farm

Hopkins George, coachbuilder, carpenter & wheelwright

Helstone Thos, brdng. Schl. Alveston ho

Jones William, farmer, Conygre farm

Keedwell Thomas, farmer

Luce Job, Farmer, Grovesend farm

Stevens William, blacksmith

White John, beer retailer

Williams John, carpenter & wheelwright

Post Office. – Mark Ann, postmaster. Mails arrive ¼ to 10 a.m.; dispatched ½ past 4. Second arrival, 7 p.m.’ dispatched ¼ to 9 next morning. The nearest money order office is at Thornbury.

Earthcott

Traders

Bush Thomas, farmer

Matthews Robert, farmer

Meridith Mark, farmer

Savery Wm. agricultural implement manufacturer

Stinchcomb James, carpenter & wheelwright

Young Mary (Mrs.), farmer

Rudgway

Angel George, beer retailer & shopkpr

Biddle Edward, beer retailer

Hockley – , shopkeeper

Martin George, blacksmith

Post Office

Edward Biddle, postmaster. Mails arrive, ½ past 9 a.m.; dispatched ¼ to 5. Second arrival, ¼ to 7 p.m.; dispatched, 9 next morning.

Carriers

(from Thornbury through Alveston to Bristol): -

Baylis, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Sly, Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Greenman, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Omnibus – Putley’s, from Thornbury to Bristol, Monday, Tuesday & Saturday.

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.

Administration

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