Arlingham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

The parish includes the hamlet of Overton.

Parish church: St. Mary the Virgin

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Arlingham

Note: Awre, Newnham and Westbury on Severn are separated from Arlingham by the river Severn.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARLINGHAM, a parish in Wheatenhurst district, Gloucester: on the left side of the Severn, within a fold of that river, nearly opposite Newnham r. station, and 8 miles WNW of Stonehouse. It has a post office under Stonehouse. Acres, 3,225, of which 835 are water. Real property, £5,333. Pop., 693. Houses, 163. The property is divided among a few. Much of the land is marshy. Some spots command a fine view of the Severn and its screens. A chief residence is Arlingham Court. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £193. Patron, John Sayer, Esq. The church is good; and there are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £80.

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

Arlingham, 2 m. S.E. Newnham. P. 793

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Arlingham (St. Mary the Virgin), a parish, in the union of Wheatenhurst, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 1½ mile (S. E. by E.) from Newnham; containing 793 inhabitants. The parish is situated on a nook of land, formed by a curvature of the river Severn, by which it is bounded on three sides, and across which is a ferry to Newnham: from an eminence called Barrow hill is a very extensive and pleasing view. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King’s books at £19. 7. 3½., and in the patronage of Mrs. Hodges, to whom also the impropriation belongs; net income, £193. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents, by an inclosure act, in 1801. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. Mrs. Mary Yate, in 1765, endowed a school for boys and girls with a rent-charge of £40; she also gave an additional rent-charge of £40 for the benefit of the poor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Arlingham, a parish in the hund. of Berkeley, union of Wheatenhurst, Gloucestershire; 1 mile south-east of Newnham; on the opposite side of the estuary of the Severn. Living, a vicarage in the archd. of Gloucester and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £19 17s. 8 ½ d.; gross income £200. Patroness, in 1835, Mrs Rogers. The tithes were commuted in 1801. The parish is surrounded on three sides by the Severn. A school was endowed here, in 1765, by Mrs Mary Yate: it has a revenue of £40 per annum, of which £20 are paid to the master, £10 to the mistress, and £10 are laid out in the purchase of books. In 1833, 54 children were educated on this endowment. The same lady also left £40 per annum to the poor of this parish. There are two infant schools here. Pop., in 1801, 506; in 1831, 744. Houses 103. Acres 2,300. A. P. £4,110. Poor rates, in 1837, £336.

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Arlingham, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Newnham (120) 2 m. SE. Pop. 715.

A parish in the hundred of Berkeley, upper division; living, a vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; charged in K. B. 19l. 7s. 8½d.; church ded. to St. Mary; patron (1829) Mrs. Rogers. This village is rendered peninsular, by the windings of the Severn which renders it damp and unhealthy to strangers.

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.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

Arlingham, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Berkeley, county of Gloucester, 1½ mile (S.E. by E.) from Newnham, containing 715 inhabitants. The living is a Vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester, rated in the king’s books at £19. 7. 8½. Mrs. Rogers was patroness in 1814. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. Arlingham is situated on a nook of land, formed by a curvature of the river Severn, by which the parish is bounded on three sides. Mrs. Mary Yate, in 1765, endowed a school for boys and girls with a rent charge of £40 per ammm, £20 of which she directed should be paid to the master, £10 to the mistress, and the remainder to be laid out in purchasing books. She also gave an additional rent charge of £40 per annum for the benefit of the poor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831.

Parish Records

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Arlingham Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Arlingham is a township, parish and village, 13 miles south from Gloucester station, 8 from Stonehouse, 5 from Whitminster, in Newnham county court district, Upper Berkeley hundred, Wheatenhurst union, West Gloucestershire, Gloucester rural deanery and archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situated on the navigable river Severn. The church of St. Mary is a stone building in the Early English style; it has a tower with 6 bells, nave, porch, chancel, organ, font, and several handsome monuments. The living is a vicarage, value £270 yearly, with residence, in the gift of John Sayer, Esq., who owns the rectorial tithes; the Rev. Thomas Holmes Ravenhill, M.A., of Worcester College, Oxford, is the incumbent. There is a National school for 80 children, endowed by the late John Yate, Esq., with £40 per annum. There is an ancient court-house. The population in 1861 was 693; the acreage is 2,000. The soil is loamy; the subsoil is clayey. R. S. Holford, Esq., M.P., is lord of the manor and chief landowner. There are charities of £40 yearly value; also the interest of £200, left by C. Vale, Esq., for an Infant school and an alternate presentation to the Warwick hospital. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. The Reddings, Barrow Hill, Slowe House, Wick, The Wharf, Upper and Lower Milton End are places here.

Overton is a hamlet, 1 mile and a half distant.

Parish clerk, John Hayward.


Campbell Capt. John, The Reddings

Fryer Miss Elizabeth, Barrow hill

Irving John, esq

Ravenhill Rev. Thomas Holmes, M.A. Vicarage

Sayers John, esq. Slowe house

Watkins Mr. William


Burcher Daniel, farmer

Butt Edward, farmer

Carter John & Giles, fanners, Puckpool farm

Chandler Robert, farmer

Coleman William, farmer

Hayward Samuel, shopkeeper

Hayward Samuel, jun. New inn

Hobbs William, blacksmith

Jeens John, tailor

Jones Charles, bootmaker

Martin Charles, farmer, Wick farm

Merrett Charles, farmer

Merrett Henry, farmer, Wharf farm

Merrett John, farmer

Merrett Martha (Mrs.), farmer

Phillips George, shopkeeper

Phipps William, farmer

Probert Richard, blacksmith

Varney John, Bed Lion, & carrier

Vernon John & Haward, farmers, Lower Milton End farm

Watkins Samuel, beer retailer

Weston Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Wilkinson William, carpenter & wheelwright

Williams Charles, farmer. Slough farm

Wither George, fanner, Upper Milton End farm


Camm Mr. John

Ballinger George, farmer

Browning Charles, farmer

Camm Charles, beer retailer

Hayward Joseph, farmer & beer retailr

Martin Charles, farmer, Wick farm

Pitcher Daniel, farmer

Smith John, farmer

Tooby Matthew, farmer

Post Opfice. — William Bodnum, postmaster. Letters arrive from Stonehouse at 10.30 a.m,; dispatched at 3.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is Newnham.

Public Schools:— National, John Cock, master; Mrs. Elizabeth Cock, mistress

Infant, Mrs. Mary Ann Hobbs, mistress

Carrier to Stroud. — Jones, friday, returning same day

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.


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

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