Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Chipping Campden is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Westington, Westington with Combe, Berrington or Burington, Broad Compden, Campden Broad, Weslington with Combe, and Broad Campden.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1616

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Chipping Campden

Historical Descriptions

Chipping Campden

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CAMPDEN (Chipping), a small town and a parish in the district of Shipston-on-Stour, and county of Gloucester. The town stands in a fertile valley, surrounded by cultivated hills and hanging woods, adjacent to the West Midland railway, 6 miles NNW of Morton-in-the-Marsh. It consists chiefly of one street, nearly a mile long; and has, about the centre, a court house and a market house, the former a structure of the beginning of the 15th century or earlier, the latter erected, in 1624, by Sir Baptist Hickes. It was the meeting place of the Saxon Kings, in 687, for consulting in the war against the Britons; and it became, in the 14th century, a principal mart for wool, and the residence of many opulent merchants; but it has lost nearly all of its manufacturing consequence. A large extant mansion, of nearly the same age as the court house, is believed to have been the dwelling of one of the wool merchants. The town has a post office under Moreton-in-the-Marsh; a station, with telegraph, on the railway; a grammar school, with endowed income of £170, and an exhibition at Pembroke college, Oxford; two endowed schools, with £130 and £26; suites of alms-houses, founded by Sir Baptist Hickes, with income of £140; and a chief inn, called the Noel Arms. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on Ash-Wednesday, 23 April, 5 Aug., and 11 Dec. The Cotswold games, instituted in the time of James I., and sung by Ben Jonson, Drayton, and other poets, were held on Dovers-hill, about ½ a mile from the town. Dr. Harris, the famous preacher, born in 1658, and George Ballard, author of "Memoirs of British Ladies," were natives. The parish includes also the hamlets of Berrington, Broad-Campden, and Westington-with-Combe. Acres, 4,660. Real property, £10,725. Pop., 1,975. Houses, 474. The property is not much divided. The manor belonged at Domesday to Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester; was purchased, in the time of James I., by Sir Baptist Hickes, who was created Viscount Campden; passed to the family of Noel, Earls of Gainsborough; and was bequeathed, in 1798, by the sixth Earl, to his nephew G. Noel Edwards, Esq., who assumed the name of Noel. A magnificent mansion was built on the manor by Sir Baptist Hickes, at a cost of £29,000; and was destroyed by Lord Noel, grandson of Sir Baptist, but has left some remains. Campden House, now the seat of Viscount Campden, is a large modern mansion. A great battle was fought between the Mercians and the West Saxons at Berrington; and the "barrows" over the bodies of the slain are supposed to have given rise to its name. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £640. Patron, the Earl of Gainsborough. The church is fine decorated English. A memorial chapel, in the early English style, was built in 1868. A chapel of ease is at Westington. There are three dissenting chapels, and charities £489.

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

Campden-Chipping, 90½ m. S.W. London, and 27 m. N.E. Gloucester. Mrkt., Wed. P. 2087

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


Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Berrington, 1½ m. Chipping-Campden. P. 158.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Berrington, anciently Burington, a hamlet in the parish of Chipping-Campden, upper division of the hund. of Kiftsgate, county of Gloucester. Pop., in 1801, 138; in 1831, 129. Houses 37. Other returns with the parish.

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

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Berrington, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Chipping Camden (99) m. Pop. 171.

A hamlet in the parish of Chipping-Camden and hundred of Kiftsgate.

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.

Broad Campden

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Campden-Broad, near Chipping-Campden. P. 230.

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


Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Coombe, incl. in Chipping-Campden.

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


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.

Price George, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, coal merchant, Dec. 7, 1830.

Price Thomas. jun., Campden, Gloucestershire, corn & coal dealer, Mar. 20, 1840.


Marriages Out of Parish

Below is a list of people who were from Chipping Campden but who were married in another parish.

John Smith, a shoemaker in Cambden, & Amey Atkins ... ... ... 15 Jan. 1617 at South Littleton, Worcestershire.

Poll Books

Poll Book 1834, Chipping Campden Gloucestershire - Google Books


Poll Book 1834, Chipping Campden Gloucestershire

Below are the names of those that voted in the election of August 1834 between Christopher William Codrington, Esquire, and Charles Hanbury Tracy Leigh, Esquire.

Poll Book of the Election, August 1834 for the Eastern Division of the County of Gloucester.

Campden Polling District

Chipping Campden Parish

Name ResidenceQualificationWhere Situate 
Atkins JamesVine-street Eveshamtenementin Watery-lane 
Atkins JohnChipping Campden50/. renterChipping Campden 
Baldwin SamuelEveshamfreehold houseSheep-street-lane 
Baldwin RichardChipping Campden50/. renterChipping Campden 
Barnes Lewis PritchettCampden Millleasehold mill &c.Berrington 
Blakeman BenjaminChipping Campdenfreehold houseWatery-lane 
Blotheridge Richarddittofreehold house &c.ditto 
Bricknell ThomasBrookend Chastleton Oxfordsfreehold houseChipping Campden 
Brotheridge JohnChipping Campdendwelling-houseditto 
Brotheridge ThomasdittodittoSheep-street-lane 
Clarke JosephBroad Campdenfreehold house &c.Chipping Campden 
Clayton JohnRedditch Worcestershirefreehold houseditto 
Dowdeswell JamesBroad Campden50/. renterditto 
Drury SamuelWestingtondittoditto 
Eden Nathaniel27 Bucklersbury Londonfreehold house High-streetditto 
Elliott WilliamCampdenfreehold house &c.Chipping Campden 
Ellis JohnChipping Campdendittoditto 
Emms Johndittoleasehold houses.ditto 
Fisher JohnBroad Campdenfreehold houseditto 
Freeman WilliamChipping Campdenfreehold landditto 
Gibbs WilliamCampdenfreehold housesHigh-street 
Griffiths John RoddChipping Campdenfreehold houseCalves'-Iane 
Haines JonathanBlockleyfreehold houses &cChipping Campden 
Haines IsaacCourt Pieces50/. renterditto 
Haines JohnCourt-housedittoditto 
Haines WilliamWestingtondittoditto 
Hale JohnBlockleyfreehold houseditto 
Hancock StephenOld Comb300/. renterOld Combe Farm 
Hands JosephChurch-streetfreehold houseChipping Campden 
Harling Reverend JosephChipping Campdenfreehold house &c.ditto 
Hawes RobertBroad Campdenfreeholdditto 
Hawes WilliamChipping Campdenfreehold houseditto 
Haydon Johndittodittoditto 
Hickman RobertBroad Campden50/. renterditto 
Hiron SamuelChipping Campdenfreehold houseditto 
Holmes WilliamWestingtonfreehold houses &cditto 
Horne JohnChipping Campden50/. renterditto 
Hughes Williamdittofreehold houseditto 
Hulls Richarddittodittoditto 
Ivens EdwardBroad Campdendittoditto 
Ivens Edward jun.ditto50/. renterditto 
Izod WilliamWestingtonfreehold houseditto 
Jenour AlfredChipping Campdenfreeholdditto 
Keen JamesWeston Parkfreehold houseditto 
Keen JohnWestington50/. renterWestington 
Keen RichardChipping CampdendittoChipping Campden 
Keyte ThomasBroad Campdendittoditto 
Keyte Arthurdittodittoditto 
Kennaway Rev. Chas. EdwardChipping CampdenfreeholdVicarage Farm 
Lane Richarddittofreehold houseChipping Campden 
Ledbetter WilliamdittodittoWatery-lane 
Ledbetter Thomasdittofreehold house &cditto 
Ledbetter Johndittodittoditto 
Lygon Edward PynderSpring Hill WorcestershiredittoCampden Ashes 
Manton CharlesChipping CampdendittoChipping Campden 
Manton JohnChipping Campden50/. renterChipping Campden 
Mansell WilliamBlockleyfreehold houseditto 
Matthews Charles DecimusChipping Campdenleasehold house &cditto 
Meadows HenryBroadway50/. renterCampden Hill 
Miles RobertChipping Campdenfreehold houseChipping Campden 
Miles Richarddittodittoditto 
Penson Josephditto50/. renterBroad Campden 
Pickering JohnBlockleyfreehold cottageditto 
Richards RichardCampdenfreeholdThe Red Lion 
Roberts ThomasChipping Campdenfreehold housesBroad Entry 
Russell Georgedittofreehold house &c.Chipping Campden 
Sandford Jamesdittofreehold houseditto 
Sheppard Richarddittofreehold house &c.ditto 
Sheppard Richard jun.dittofreehold houseditto 
Silvester StephenWorcesterfreehold house &c.ditto 
Slatter JamesBlockley50/. renterPyeMill 
Smith JohnChipping Campdenfreehold houseChipping Campden 
Smith Charles EdwinWinchcombefreehold house &c.ditto 
Stanley RichardBlockleyditto houses &c.ditto 
Stanley JamesChipping Campdenfreehold houseditto 
Stanley Richarddittofreehold houses &cWatery-lane 
Stanley JobBroadwaydittoChipping Campden 
Stanley JohnChipping Campdenfreehold houseditto 
Stanley JohndittodittoSheep-street-lane 
Stanley Robertdittodittoditto 
Stephens Williamdittofreehold houses &cChipping Campden 
Tidmarsh Jamesditto50/. renterditto 
Toft Williamdittofreehold house &c.ditto 
Tomes WilliamBroad Campdenfreehold houseBroad Campden 
Turney JamesChipping CampdendittoChipping Campden 
Tustin Richarddittodittoditto 
Usher Thomasditto50/. renterditto 
Walker EdwardBroad Campdenfreehold house &c.ditto 
Warner IsaacChipping Campdendittoditto 
Warner Charlesditto50/. renterditto 
Wilson Edwarddittofreehold houseLeasebourn 
Witford GeorgeBroad Campdenfreehold house &c.Chipping Campden 
Wyatt WilliamChipping Campdenfreehold houseditto 


Chipping Campden Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Chipping Campden is a township, parish, and small market town and railway station, distant 29 miles from Gloucester, 9 from Evesham, 86 north-west from London, and 1 mile from the Chipping Campden station on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton line of railway; in the hundred of Kiftsgate, Shipston-on-Stour union, East Gloucestershire, and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol, and includes the hamlets of Berrington, Broad Campden, Westington and Old Combe. It was incorporated by James I., and is governed by two bailiffs, twelve capital burgesses, a steward, and twelve inferior burgesses. The church is a large handsome building, having a tower, nave, two side aisles with chapels, chancel and 8 bells, and contains several beautiful marble monuments. The parish is ten miles in compass. The living is a vicarage, of the value of £100 per year; the Rev. Charles Edward Kennaway, M.A., is the incumbent, and the Rev. G. B. Dodwell, M.A., and Rev. James Hamilton, M.A., are the curates. The market day is held on Wednesday, and fairs are held on Ash Wednesday, on April 23rd, July 25th, and Nov. 30th.  It is also a polling place for the east division of the county. The town, one of the most ancient in the county, was of considerable importance, woolstapling having been carried on upon an extensive scale. The population, in 1851, was 2,086 persons in the parish (of whom 574 were in the hamlet), exclusive of railway labourers. The Earl of Gainsborough is lord of the manor. The acreage contained in the parish is 4,498 acres.

Berrington is a hamlet, with a population of 185; Broad Campden, a hamlet with 244 inhabitants; Westington and Combe form a hamlet, with 145 inhabitants.

Chipping Campden.
Barton Rev. Matthew William
Campden Viscount, Campden house
Chapman H. B. esq.
Cooksey John Alex, esq.
Dodwell Rev. George Branson, M.A.
Freeman Mr. William
Griffiths William H. esq.
Hamilton Rev. James, M.A.
Hemmings Mr. Joseph Jeffcoat
Hulls Mrs. Mary
Matthews Mr. Edward
Morris C. W. esq.
Niblett John Daniel Thomas, esq. J.P.
Shingleton Mrs.
Turney Mrs.
Westmacott Mrs.

Andrews Richard, ‘Old Eight Bells’
Arkell Richard Willett, grocer
Aston George, baker
Belcher Stephen, shoemaker
Bloxham Joseph, ‘King’s Arms’
Bolton Edward, shoemaker
Booker John Andrew, butcher
Brace Thomas, tailor
Brotheridge John, blacksmith
Coldicott William, wheelwright
Collett John, shopkeeper
Cooksey John Alexander, surgeon
Cousins John, ‘Noel Arms’
Davis George, cabinet maker
Drury Thomas, saddler & harness maker
Drury William, ‘Swan’
Dunn Thomas, ‘Lygon Arms’
Edge Miss, dressmaker
Ellis Henry, basket maker
Fisher Sarah (Miss), ladies school
Fletcher Henry, beer retailer
Freeman W. builder
Greenhouse William, linendraper & agent to the County fire office & Gloucestershire banking company
Gibson James, ‘Red Lion’
Griffiths Thomas, chemist & grocer
Griffiths William Higford, solicitor
Grove then (Miss), mistress of Infnt. schl
Guthrie Richard, blacksmith
Haines James, tinplate worker
Haines John, grocer
Hands Joseph, grocer & chemist
Hartley John, builder
Haydon Joseph, baker & miller
Hodgkinson Wm. fishmngr. & parish clerk
Horne Elisabeth (Mrs), farmer
Horne John, seedsman & stamp office
Howley Michael, beer retailer
Izod Charles, maltster
Keitley John, builder
Kettle J. auctioneer
Keyte William, shopkeeper
King Herbert, linendraper & agent to Norwich Union fire office
Kingzett John Herbert, saddler & harness maker, & agent to Birmingham five office
Kingzett William Henry, farmer
Lacey Mrs. Dressmaker
Lane Charles, plumber & glazier
Lane Daniel, painter & glazier
Ledbetter John, tailor
Long John, silk throwster
Matthews Charles Decimus, druggist & grocer
Mitchell Joseph, grocer
Morris Charles William, surgeon
Osborne James, hairdresser
Payne Alexander, cooper
Pettey Charles, poulterer
Richardson Joseph, baker
Rimell William, farmer & coal merchant
Roberts Robert, linendraper
Savage Thomas, tailor
Shepherd Richard, plasterer
Silvester Stephen, tailor
Simcox William, grocer, & registrar of births & deaths
Skey James, beer retailer
Smith William, beer retailer
Stanley James, shopkeeper
Stanley John, beer retailer
Stanley Robert, butcher
Stanley William, farmer
Stevens William, baker
Summerton William, grocer & postmaster
Taylor & Co. coal merchants, Railway wharf
Taylor Samuel, watchmaker
Terry Thomas, blacksmith
Tidmarsh James, maltster
Tomes Emmanuel, shopkeeper
Trinder Samuel, shoemaker
Vinn George, tailor
Ward George, builder
Warner Thomas, watchmaker
Wyatt John, butcher
Wyatt Wm. ‘George & Dragon,` & butcher

Holmes Mrs.

Drury John, farmer
Haines Thomas, blacksmith
Haines William, former
Izod Nathan, farmer
Keen George, farmer
Keen John (Mrs.), farmer

Broad Campden
Brierley John, farmer
Dowsell John, farmer
Griffin Richard, baker & beer retailer
Hands Isaiah, shoemaker
Herbert William, shoemaker
Hickman James, farmer
Hickman John, maltster
Ivins John, farmer
Keyte William, farmer
Lydiatt George, carpenter
Roberts Henry, shopkeeper
Such John, ‘Angel,’ & wheelwright
Warner Charles, farmer
Warner William, farmer

Post Office. – William Summerton, postmaster. Money orders are granted from 9 am. to 6 p.m. Letters are delivered at 8 a.m. from the south, & ¼ to 9 a.m. from the north; and dispatched at 20 minutes past 3 p.m. & ¼ to 6 p. m

Bank. – Gloucestershire Banking Company (branch), William Greenhouse, manager

Insurance Agents:-
Birmingham Fire, John Herbert Kingzett
County fire, William Greenhouse
Norwich Union Fire & Life, Herbert King
Royal Farmers, John Kettle

Public Establishments :-
Police Station, William Hanbidge, superintendent
Stamp Office, John Horne, sub-distributor
Registrar of Births & Deaths for Chipping Campden District, William Simcox

Public Schools :-
Grammar, Rev. Matthew Wm. Barton, M.A. master
Blue Coat (girls), Mrs. Caroline Baldwin, mistress
Infant, Miss Ellen Grove, mistress

Carrier – Thomas Ellis, to Stratford-on-Avon, on Tuesday and Friday, to Evesham, on Monday & Thursday; & to Shipston on Saturday.

A conveyance from the ‘Noel Arms’ to meet every train

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

Campden Universal British Directory 1791

Situate near the extremity of the county, and in a great measure surrounded by Worcestershire, is of great antiquity, though now a very inconsiderable town.  All the Saxon kings are said to have held a congress here in 689, to consult about a war and peace with the Britons.  It was incorporated by James I and is governed by two bailiffs, twelve burgesses, and a steward.  It has a court of record every fourth Friday, before the steward and bailiffs of the borough, for all actions not exceeding 6l. 13s. 6d. and they have two serjeants with silver maces.  There is a tolerable market every Wednesday, and four annual fairs, viz. Ash-Wednesday, April 23, August 5, and December 10, this last is a very large fair for fat cattle.  The benefit of the two first belong to the town, and the others to the lord of the manor.

The church is a large Gothic edifice, the patron of which is the Earl of Gainsborough, who is proprietor of the greatest part of the parish, and to whom the town gives the title of viscount.  The parish is ten miles in compass.   In the church are as fine marble monuments as most in England, of which the most conspicuous, supported by twelve pillars, is for Sir Baptist Hicks, viscount Cambden, who gave 10,000l in his life-time to charitable uses, and was a great benefactor to the town by erecting an alms-house for 6 poor men, and 6 women, at 3s. 4d. a week, besides coals; and rebuilding the market-place, &c.  He built a noble house near the church, the outside of which cost 29,000l but this was destroyed in the civil wars.  The church is supposed to have been built in the reign of Richard I and in it are some very ancient grave-stones, one of 1401, another 1386.  here are two charity-schools, where 30 girls are clothed and taught to read, knit, and spin; and another charity-school for teaching 24 poor children to read.  It has a grammar-school endowed with 60l. per annum for the master and usher.
A silk-mill and manufactory have been recently established in this town and neighbourhood, and which promise great advantage to the proprietor, Mr. John Franklin, and to the public, by the employment given to great numbers of the poor.
The road from Worcester to London passes through Broadway, 4 miles from Campden.  The distance of this town from Shipston is 7 miles, Stow 10, Evesham 10, Stratford 12, Gloucester 30, Tewkesbury 20, and London 89.
The post goes in and out every day.  Mr. James Tidmarsh is the postmaster.  The principal inn is the George.  There is a wagon from London for this place, from the Bull and Mouth, near Aldersgate-street, every Wednesday and Saturday at eleven in the morning.
The banker of this town is Mr. Edward Horseman, (F.) who draws on Esdailes, Hammett, and co. bankers, London.

The following are the names, professions, &c. of the principal inhabitants:

Horseman John, Gent.

Weston Rev. William, (F.) Vicar
Simmonds Thomas, Curate

Lumbard James, Surgeon
Lumbard Richard, (F.) Surgeon
Millard Mr. Surgeon

Cotterell Edward, (F.) Attorney

Traders, &c.
Allen William, Mercer
Allen John, Maltster
Andrews William, Fellmonger
Bevington Mark, Tanner
Downes Isaiah, Mercer
Darby John, Brazier
Emms John, Butcher
Ellis John, Thread-maker
Franklin John, Silk-throwster
Horseman Richard, (F.) Maltster
Hows James, (F.) Butcher and Maltster
Hands Thomas, Sack-weaver
Jenkins J. (F.) Shopkeeper & Maltster
Keyte John, Currier
Martin John, (F.) Mercer
Miles Richard, Grocer
Phipps Matthew, (F.) Grocer
Smith Thomas, Brazier
Tidmarsh James, (F.) Innkeeper
Thompson William, Grocer
Tombs Sarah, Sack-weaver
Trueby William, Butcher
Wilson Edward, Flax-dresser

The following gentlemen haves seats in the neighbourhood:- Sir John Rushout, Bart at Northwick; Henry Tongue, Esq. at Ebrington.  The following are freeholders: Joseph Roberts, Esq. at Newcomb; Joseph Green, Esq. at Paxton; Rev. Reginald Wynniatt, at Stanton; Rev. John Pelley, at Weston-subedge; Rev. William Scott, at Willersey; Rev. Mr. Loggin, at Long Marston; John Corbett, Gent. at Adminton; John Corbett, Gent. and Michael Corbett, Gent. at Quinton; William Heden, Gent. at Norton; Nathaniel Heden, Gent. at Honeyborne; Henry Heden, Gent. at Marston; John Miller, Gent. and Banner Shakel, Gent. at Pebworth; Tho. Smith, Gent. at Adminton.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791



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