Aust

Aust Ferry house remains by Bruce Stokes. Some rights reserved

Aust Gloucestershire Family History

Aust was a chapelry to Henbury Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire. The civil parish of Aust includes the villages of Elberton and Littleton-upon-Severn.

Parish church: St John. The existing church is dedicated to St John, and is mostly built in the Perpendicular Gothic style. The timber roofs and octagonal stone font date from the 15th century, and the western church tower, with an embattled parapet, was probably rebuilt in the Tudor period. The church contains several 18th century marble memorial tablets, the earliest dated 1704 to Sir Samuel Astry. The whole church was restored in 1866 by the firm of Pope & Bindon1.

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include:

Aust Church. The copyright on this image is owned by Nicholas Mutton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Parishes near to Aust

  • Westbury-on-Trym
  • Filton
  • Kingsdown St Matthew
  • Elberton
  • Almondsbury
  • Compton Greenfield
  • Shirehampton
  • Olveston
  • Henbury

Historical Descriptions

Evangelical Church in Aust, South Gloucestershire, seen from the south. The copyright on this image is owned by Sharon Loxton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

LEONARD’S GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1850

Aust, 8 miles Bristol. P. 191

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

THE PARLIAMENTARY GAZETTEER OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1840

Aust, or Aust-Cleve, a tything and chapelry in the parish of Henbury, Gloucestershire; 4 miles west-south-west from Thornbury; 12 north-west from Bristol. Living, a curacy, formerly in the archd. of Gloucester, now in that of Bristol, and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol, of the certified value of £20. Patron, the vicar of Henbury. Charities connected with this chapelry produce the yearly sum of £21 10s. The village stands among the salt-marshes on the eastern bank of the Severn, over which, at this place, there is a ferry to Chepstow, called the Old passage, to distinguish it from the New passage, which is two miles lower down the river. At this place Edward I. passed over to hold a conference with Llewellan, the last prince of Wales. Pop., in 1801, 140; in 1831, 203. Houses 31. Acres 1,200. Poor rates, in 1837, £92.

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

TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 1833

Aust, or Aust-Clive, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Thornbury (120) 4 m. WSW. Pop. 192.

A tything and chapelry in the parish of Henbury, in the hundred of Upper Henbury. The living is a curacy in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Bristol; certified value 20l.; patronage with the vicarage of Henbury. This village is situated amidst the salt marshes on the banks of the Severn, over which river there is a ferry to the mouth of the Wigan. It is called the Old Passage, to distinguish it from the New Passage, which is two miles lower down the river. It was at this place Edward I. passed to hold a conference with Llewellyn, the last prince of Wales.

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.

Directories

Aust Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863
Aust Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Administration

  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Clifton
  • 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: Clifton, Thornbury
  • Hundred: Berkeley (Gloucestershire); Henbury
  • Province: Canterbury

Credits

Aust Ferry house remains by Bruce Stokes. Some rights reserved.


  1. David Verey; Alan Brooks (January 2002). The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire. Yale University Press. pp. 100, 158–159. ISBN 978-0-300-09733-7. [return]