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Ampney Crucis Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Ampney Crucis is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Hilcott End and Alcott End.

Parish church: Holy Rood

Parish registers begin: 1559

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Parishes adjacent to Ampney Crucis

Historical Descriptions

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Amphney-Crucis, 2 miles E. Cirencester. P. 591

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

AMPNEY, or Amney-Crucis, a parish in the hund. of Crowthorne and Minety, union of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Living, a discharged vicarage, formerly in the archd. of Gloucester, now in that of Bristol, and in the dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £6 9s. 0½d.; gross income £84. Patron, the Crown. All tithes, moduses, &c. or Ampney-Crucis and Ampney St Mary, the property of the lord of the manor, vicar, and curate, were commuted in 1769. Here are two daily schools, one of which is a free school, founded and endowed by Sir Robert Pleydell in 1722. The yearly revenue is £80. Pop., in 1801, 514; in 1831, 599. Houses 113. Acres 2,660. Poor rates, in 1837, £284.

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Ampney Crucis, co. Gloucester.

P.T. Cirencester (89). 3¾ m. E b S. Pop. 590.

A parish in the hundred of Crowthorne am Minety; living, a dis. vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; val in K. B. 6l. 9s. 0½d; church ded. to Holy Rood; patron, the Lord Chancellor.

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.

Poll Books

Ampney Crucis Poll Book 1834 - Google Books

Directories

Ampney Crucis Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Ampney Crucis is a parish in Cirencester union, containing by the census of 1861, 648, and in 1871, 654 inhabitants, and 3112 acres; in the deanery of Cirencester, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, hundred of Crowthorne and Minety, East Gloucestershire; 2 ½ miles east from Cirencester, and 5 ½ south-west from Fairford. The vicarage, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. A. Dunn, M.A., is valued at £200 per annum, with residence and 194 acres of land. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, or Sancta’ Cruci, is an ancient edifice, in the Early English style, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, and tower containing five bells. There is an endowed school for children of both sexes, at which six boys and six girls are clothed and educated free. The rateable value of this parish is £4184.

Clergy and Gentry

Cripps E. W., Esq., Ampney cottage

Dunn Rev. W., M.A., The Vicarage

Lloyd J. D., Esq., Ampney Park

Trades and Professions

Archer Stephen, farmer

Berry Thomas, “Crown” inn

Bridgman William, farmer

Cook Daniel, shopkeeper

Cuss Nevil, farmer, Ford farm

Day Jehu, shopkeeper

Edwards James, blacksmith

Gardner Michael, market gardener

Haines John, shopkeeper

Herbert Isaac, stonemason

Hine George, farmer

Jackson Geo., wheelwright and parish clerk

Price C. T., master of Endowed School

Radway John, farmer, brewer, and maltster

Radway Thomas King, farmer

Radway William, farmer, Park farm

Ricketts Wm., carpenter and wheelwright

Russell Joseph, beer retailer, Hill oak

Smith Reuben, shoemaker

Snowsell James, farmer, Ampney knoll

Thayer John, farmer and road surveyor, Ampney Sheep house

Trinder Edward, tailor

Wilson Bartley, market gardener

Woodward Wm., butcher and beer retailer

Cirencester is the post town and nearest money order office

Endowed school – C. T. Price, master, Mrs. Price, mistress

Morris & Co.’s commercial Directory & Gazetteer of Gloucestershire with Bristol and Monmouth. Second Edition. Hounds Gate, Nottingham. 1876.

Ampney Crucis Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Ampney Crucis is a parish and village, on the road between Cirencester and Fairford, distant 2½ miles east from Cirencester.and 5½ west from Fairford, in the hundred of Crowthorne and Minety, Cirencester union, county court district and rural deanery, Gloucester archdeaconry, bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, East Gloucestershire. The church of Holy Cross, or Sauctæ Crucis, is a stone building in the Early English style; it has a square tower with 5 bells. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, value £100, with residence and 104 acres of glebe; the Rev. Edward Andrew Daubeny, M.A., is the incumbent. There is a free school, and there are charities of a few pounds yearly value. The population in 1861 was 648; the acreage is 3.500. The soil is chiefly strong clay, on limestone rock. Eardley Blackwell, Esq., is lord of the manor.

Hillcott End is a hamlet; Norcott is near the Roman station Corinium; Merry Hill is half a mile north-west; Long Furlong, 1 mile and a half north east; Hunt's Hill, half a mile north-east.

Parish Clerk, George Jackson.

Anstey Rev. J. F. M.A

Daubeny Rev. Edward Andrew, M.A , J.P. [vicar]

Daubeny Rev. Thomas [curate], Vicarage

Gifford Lord, Ampney park

Allen Robert, miller & maltster

Akerman Edward, farmer

Archer Stephen, farmer

Bolton Mary (Mrs.), leather dresser & glove maker

Bridgeman William, farmer

Buckingham Thomas, baker & grocer

Coles Edward, farmer

Day Jehu, shopkeeper

Edwards James, blacksmith

Gardner Jacob, market gardener

Herbert Isaac, stonemason

Hine George, surveyor & farmer

Holder Charles, Crown inn, & slater & plasterer

Jackson George, wheelwright

James William, farmer

Newman John, farmer

Radway John, farmer, brewer & maltster

Radway Thomas King, farmer

Radway William, farmer

Ricketts William, carpenter, wheelwright & shopkeeper

Russell Joseph, beer retailer

Strange John, farmer & stone quarrier

Sutton James, relieving officer

Letters through Cirencester, which is the nearest money order office.

Free School, John Wall, master; Miss Sarah Jane Kemble, mistress.

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.

Ampney Crucis or Amney Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Ampney Crucis, or Amney, is a township, parish and village, on the road between Cirencester and Fairford, distant 2 ½ miles east from Cirencester, and 5 ½ miles west from Fairford. It is in the Hundred of Crowthorne and Minety, Cirencester Union, bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, East Gloucestershire. The church of Holy Cross, or Sanctæ Crucis, a stone building in the early English style, partly mixed, has a square tower and 5 bells. The living is a vicarage in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, value £100, with residence and 194 acres of glebe. The Rev. Edward Andrew Daubeny, M.A., is the incumbent, and the Rev. John Filmer Anstey, M.A., the curate. There is a free school, and charities of a few pounds yearly value. The population, in 1851, was 662, and the acreage about 3,500. The soil is chiefly strong clay on limestone rock. Eardley Blackwell, Esq., is lord of the manor.
Alcott End is a hamlet; Norcott is near the Roman station, Corinium; Merry Hill is half a mile north-west; long Furlong, 1 ½ miles north-east; Hunt’s Hill, 1 mile north-east.

Gentry

Anstey Rev. John Filmer, M.A.

Kaye William, esq.

Traders

Akerman Edward, farmer

Archer Stephen, farmer

Berry John, butcher

Bolton James, leather dresser & glove ma

Buckingham Thomas, baker

Chapman Edward, farmer

Coles Edward, farmer

Cook Daniel, carpenter & wheelwright

Cook William, carpenter

Day Stephen, shopkeeper

Edwards James, blacksmith

Edwards Joseph, miller

Gardner Jacob, market gardener

Hayward Emanuel, carpntr. & whlwrght

Herbert Isaac, stonemason

Hignal John, beer retailer

Hine George, surveyor & farmer

Holder Chas. ‘Crown,’ & slater & plastr.

Jackson George, wheelwright

Newman John, farmer & maltster

Radway Charles, farmer

Radway John, brewer & maltster

Radway Thos. King, frmr. & stne. quarrier

Ricketts Thomas, farmer

Ricketts Wm. carpntr. whlwrgt. & shpkpr.

Russell Joseph, beer retailer

Strange John, farmer & stone quarrier

Sutton James, relieving officer

Post Office. – Thomas Buckingham, receiver. Letters arrive from Cirencester at 8 a.m.; dispatched at ¼ past 5 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cirencester.

Free School, Robert Sutton, master; Miss Susannah Cook, 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.

Ampney Crucis Marriages

Marriages at Ampney Crucis 1561 to 1837

Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol XV. 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. – Volume I consists of parchment folios in good preservation. This and the second and third volumes were rebound in parchment about twelve years ago. It contains Baptisms, 1566 to 1683; Burials, 1559 to 1684; Marriages, 1561 to 1683. The Baptisms of 1634-5, 1644-6, 1651-9, Burials of 1627, 1643, 1646-7, and Marriages of 1621-3, 1625-30, 1632-6, 1651-60, 1674-7, are missing. At the end of Volume I is a list of gifts to the parish poor, and a list of the Church plate. On the first page is the heading “Ampney Crucis. A Register there concerning Baptisantist, Anno 1566.”

Volume II consists of parchment folios measuring about 12 in. by 7 in., and contains Burials, 1685 to 1707; Marriages, 1685 to 1706; Baptisms, 1685 to 1707.

Volume III, also of parchment folios measuring 11 ½ in. by 5 ½ in., and contains Baptisms, 1719 to 1754; Burials, 1706 to 1753; Marriages, 1691 to 1743. They are arranged somewhat irregularly. Baptisms of 1708 to 1718, Marriages of 1708 to 1710, 1713-4, 1717 to 1720, 1744 to 1753 are missing. The first entry of the new style of date is that of February 18th, 1752.

Volume IV consists of the usual printed forms on paper measuring about 17 ½ in. by 9 ½ in., in parchment cover, and contains Banns and Marriages, 1754 to 1777, ninety-five entries.

Volume V, a book of parchment leaves measuring about 11 in. by 6 ½ in., contains Baptisms, 1754 to 1812, and Burials, 1754 to 1812, with certificates that persons were buried in woollen.

Volume VI is a book of printed forms similar to Volume IV, and contains ninety entries of Banns and Marriages, from 1777 to 1810.

Volume VII, also a book of printed forms, which measures about 17 ½ in. by 9 ½ in. and includes only seven entries of Banns and Marriages for the years 1810 – 1812.

These extracts have been made by the Rev. T. C. Johnson, Vicar of Ampney Crucis, and are now printed by his leave and under his supervision.

Marriages at Ampney Crucis 1561 to 1837 - Archive.org

Marriages at Ampney Crucis 1561-1837 - UK Genealogy Archives

Transcriptions

Ampney Crucis Marriages 1825 to 1837

William Compton & Jane Lane, 20 Aug. 1825
Thomas Reynolds & Harriet Ricketts, 19 Nov. 1825
Charles Crew & Elizabeth Stratford, 9 Jan. 1826
Robert Reynolds & Sarah Sprankling, 7 Feb. 1826
William Day & Maria Berry, 12 June 1826
Daniel Arkwell & Hester Keylock, 31 July 1826
James Herbert & Sarah Papps, 7 Aug. 1826
Thomas Norton & Sarah Day, 2 Sept. 1826
Edward Loose & Sarah Phipps, 14 Oct. 1826
John Hembrey & Maria Shattock, 21 Oct. 1826
Samuel Jones & Mary Ann Taylor, 23 Oct. 1826
William Taylor & Mary Williams, 8 Dec. 1826
John Gladson & Sarah Gleen, 16 Dec. 1826
John French & Mary Ricketts, 8 Feb. 1827
Henry Young & Elizabeth Phipps, 18 Aug. 1827
Joseph Wheeler & Rachel Clappen, 19 Nov. 1827
John Price & Sabina Hignel, 14 Jan. 1828
George Lovesy & Anne Ferris, 18 July 1828
John Pollard & Elizabeth Day, 28 July 1828
Edmund Miles & Ann Cook, 13 Oct. 1828
John Compton & Hester Russell, 28 Oct. 1828
Thomas Grant & Elizabeth Herbert, 2 Nov. 1829
Barlley William Wilson & Mary Davis, 10 Apr. 1830
George Wakefield & Dorcas Harding, 13 Apr. 1830
Harry Pollard & Harriet Lane, 30 Oct. 1830
William Larner & Clara Robins, 31 Oct. 1830
Job Davis & Mary Herbert, 29 Nov. 1830
Charles Tye & Anne Taylor, 9 May 1831
James Tilling & Mary Thrush, 14 June 1831
Robert Jefferies & Priscilla Day, 28 July 1832
John Day & Mary Taylor, 3 Nov. 1832
John Strange & Jane Scrivin, 24 Dec. 1832
William Jones & Catherine Hancox, 11 Nov. 1833
Edward Russell & Dinah Hancox, 19 Nov. 1833
Richard Davis & Sarah Williams, 4 Feb. 1834
John Taylor & Mary Hutton, 8 Feb. 1834
Thomas Hancock & Mary Hutton, 8 Feb. 1834
Frederick Carpenter, alias Dunnaville, & Jane Norris, 24 May 1834
William Stratford & Hannah Day, 3 Aug. 1834
William James & Anna Maria Robins, 3 Nov. 1834
James Harris & Maria Tarling, -- Nov. 1834
John Pollard & Rebecca Kemble, 30 Dec. 1834
William Smith & Maria Gillett, 26 Feb. 1835
Henry Haviland & Rebecca Bourton, 1 July 1835
William Sly & Rebecca Bourn, 26 Sept. 1835
Thomas Loose & Hannah Jeffries, 31 Oct. 1835
William Bartlett Kemble & Elizabeth Sherred, 16 Feb. 1836
George Swinford & Ann Sly, 21 Feb. 1836
Thomas Herbert & Sarah Norris, 21 May 1836
John Bradley & John Shipway, 6 June 1836
William Hill & Lydia Hart, 9 July 1836
Daniel Cook & Priscilla Taylor, 10 Nov. 1836
David Humphries & Susanna Russell, 22 Dec. 1836
Isaac Herbert & Maria Peters, 21 Jan. 1837
Edwin Herbert & Elizabeth Houlton, 1 Feb. 1837
Henry Legg & Jane Hancock, 20 Feb. 1837
John Sly & Mary Williams, 20 Mar. 1837
Charles Day & Hannah Phipps, 11 Nov. 1837

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol XV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 36, Essex Street, Strand, London. 1909.

Ampney Crucis Marriages 1813 to 1824

Volume VIII.
Henry Wicks & Patience Broad, 14 Oct. 1813
William Arkwell & Dinah Archer, 24 Oct. 1813
William Smith & Esther Herbert, 22 Nov. 1813
Charles Hughes & Miriam Hodges, 19 Mar. 1814
James Ash & Mary Meek, 22 Mar. 1814
Edward Compton & Ann Harris, 14 Apr. 1814
Benjamin Hodges & Ann Strange, 21 July 1814
William Keen & Mary Ash, 21 Oct. 1814
Henry Glass & Jane Smith, 21 Oct. 1814
John Smith & Elizabeth Lane, 12 Nov. 1814
Abel Cook & Mary Cook, 9 Jan. 1815
Giles Midwinter & Hannah Townsend, 13 Aug. 1815
William Scotsford & Hannah Bridges, 15 Nov. 1815
Thomas Millin & Jane Jefferys, 19 Nov. 1815
William Smith & Elizabeth Gorton, 19 Dec. 1815
Thomas Gillett & Maria Radway, 9 Jan. 1816
John Herbert & Elizabeth Guest, 9 Apr. 1816
Thomas Lane & Patience Brown, 24 Oct. 1816
Benjamin Howell & Sarah Betterton, 29 Oct. 1816
Jacob Betterton & Elizabeth Parker, 18 Sept. 1817
Thomas Telling & Mary Mills, 25 Oct. 1817
George Holtum & Elizabeth Herbert, 3 Nov. 1817
James Lane & Constance Wakefield, 13 Nov. 1817
William Cook & Sarah Wheatall, 2 Dec. 1817
John Cummins & Mary Gardiner, 23 Dec. 1817
William Townsend & Sarah Hitchens, 12 Oct. 1818
John Curtis & Mary Messenger, 15 Oct. 1818
John Townsend & Lydia Cook, 19 Nov. 1818
George Townsend & Eleanor Wakefield, 2 Feb. 1819
John Cook & Hannah Wakefield, 25 Mar. 1819
John Burrows & Jane Herbert, 18 Mar. 1820
Samuel Burrows & Sarah Ricketts, 2 Dec. 1820
Robert Millin & Mary Herbert, 18 Feb. 1822
John Berry & Hannah Neale, 13 Oct. 1822
Robert Green & Jane Wakefield, 24 Dec. 1822
Giles Gardner & Dorothy Wicks, 13 Dec. 1822
Thomas Barton & Betty Stone, 1 Mar. 1823
Samuel Allen & Elizabeth Carpenter, 5 Apr. 1823
Henry Hamblin & Mary Larner, 12 May 1823
George Cook & Elizabeth Taylor, 3 June 1823
Luke Cole & Elizabeth Wakefield, 12 June 1823
Thomas Potter & Mary Hewer, 9 July 1823
William Peach & Sarah Johnson, 21 July 1823
Thomas Lane & Mary Hancock, 18 Oct. 1823
James Cripps & Hester Hancock, 13 Nov. 1823
Ambrose Bateman & Martha Berry, 2 Dec. 1823
Richard Godwin & Ann Hancock, 1 Mar. 1824
James Turner & Mary Day, 22 Mar. 1824
James Harris & Hannah Hart, 20 Apr. 1824
William Hopkins & Ruth Jeffries, 11 Oct. 1824
John Fowler & Anna Maria Duchett, 23 Dec. 1824

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol XV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 36, Essex Street, Strand, London. 1909.

Parish Records

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Newspapers

Cheltenham Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Examiner (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Looker-On (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Mercury (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Citizen (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Echo (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (The British Newspaper Archive)

Research Guide: Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates 

Administration

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

Further Reading

The Martyrdom and St. Erasmus and Other Lost Wall Paintings from Holy Rood Church, Ampney Crucis by D Viner

Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records: A Guide for Family and Local Historians (Family History) by Stuart A. Raymond

Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians by Celia Heritage

Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837 by Jonathan Oates

Tracing Your Pre-Victorian Ancestors: A Guide to Research Methods for Family Historians (A Guide For Family Historians) by John Wintrip