Bulley, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Bulley is a chapelry of Churcham Ancient Parish in Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin: 1673

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Parishes adjacent to Bulley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BULLEY, a parish in Westbury-on-Severn district, Gloucestershire; 2 miles NW of Okle-street r. station, and 5 WNW of Gloucester. Post Town, Huntley, under Gloucester. Acres, 951. Real property, £1,855. Pop., 226. Houses, 47. The property is subdivided. The living is a p. curacy annexed to the vicarage of Churcham, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church has Norman parts.

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

Bulley, a parish in the division of the duchy of Lancaster, county of Gloucester; 4½ miles south-south-east of Newent. Living, a curacy annexed to Churcham vicarage. There is a daily school in this parish. Pop., in 1801, 176; in 1831, 216. Houses 43. Acres 780. A. P. £828. Poor rates, in 1837, £122

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bulley, 4m. N.W. Gloucester. P. 229

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Bulley (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Westbury, hundred of the duchy of Lancaster, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 5 1/4 miles (S. E. by S.) from Newent; containing 229 inhabitants. This parish is of great antiquity, and the manor is noticed in the Domesday survey, under the name of Buttelege: it comprises about 500 acres, of which the greater portion is good arable land, and the remainder indifferent pasture. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Churcham. The church is a small structure, in the Norman style, with a low spire, and consists only of a nave, at the east end of which is a beautiful Norman arch, that led into the chancel, now destroyed; there is also a similar arch at the south entrance.

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.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Bulley, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Newent (112) 4½ m. SSE. Pop. 237.

A parish in the division of the Duchy of Lancaster; living, a curacy to the vicarage of Churcham, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester, not in charge; patronage with Churcham vicarage

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.


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.

Brown John Brown, Bulley, Gloucestershire, trader, Nov. 28, 1828.

Long James, Bulley, Gloucestershire, butcher. March 30, 1841.

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Bulley Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Bulley is a township and small parish, 5 miles west from Gloucester, 11 south-east from Ross, and 4 ½ south from Newent.  It is situated on the high road to Monmouth and Hereford, which intersects it from that of Churcham.  It contains an area of 951 acres of very fertile land, which produces plentiful crops of grass, corn and fruit.  The soil is a deep red loamy clay.  The elm and oak grow luxuriantly here and in the neighbourhood.  The parish of Bulley is in the duchy of Lancaster, in the Westbury Union, West Gloucestershire, the archdeaconry of Gloucester, deanery of the Forest, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol.  The benefice is a curacy annexed to Churcham; the incumbent is the Rev. George Charles Hall, M.A.  The church is dedicated to Saint Michael, and consists of a nave and chancel, with a small low spire at the west end.  The chancel arch of this church is a fair specimen of Saxon architecture.  The south door is also of the same period.  The population, in 1851, was 241, and the rateable value is £1,602.

Collard’s Elm, Pigeon House, Lake, and Wood Green are farms.

Bullock Charles, stonemason
Fisher Thomas, shoemaker
Havland William, slater & tiler
Hooper Jeremiah, frmr. Wood green frm
Humpidge William, farmer, Bulley frm
Perris William, farmer
Pocket George, shoemaker
Priday James, farmer, Lake farm
Rea John, carpenter
Rea William, carpenter & wheelwright
Roan Thos. farmer, Collard’s Elm farm
Stephens John, stonemason
Wilson William, farmer, Pigeon house farm

Letters through Minsterworth.  Gloucester is the nearest money order office.

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.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Westbury on Severn
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Hereford, Post-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Forest
  • Poor Law Union: Westbury on Severn
  • Hundred: Duchy of Lancaster
  • Province: Canterbury