Coates Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Coates is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places included in the parish: Tarlton

Parish church: St. Matthew

Parish registers begin: 1566

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Coates

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COATES, a parish in Cirencester district, Gloucester; on the Thames and Severn canal, and on the Great Western Union railway, 2 miles NNW of Tetbury Road r. station, and 3½ W by S of Cirencester. Post town, Cirencester. Acres, 2,330. Real property, £2,777. Pop., 417. Houses, 79. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £369. Patron, W. T. Dewe, Esq. The church is ancient; and consists of nave, chancel, and aisle, with a small tower.

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

Coates, 2½ m. W. Cirencester. P. 373.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Coates, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Cirencester (89) 4 m. W. Pop. 309.

A parish in the hundred of Crowthorne and Minety; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry and diocese of Gloucester; valued in K. B. 9l. 6s. 8d.; church ded. to St. Matthew; patron (1829) William Tombs, Esq.

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

Coates Poll Book 1834 - Google Books


Coates Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Coates is a parish in Cirencester Union, containing by the census of 1861, 417, and in 1871, 452 inhabitants, and 2450 acres; in the hundred of Crowthorne and Minety, deanery of Cirencester, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, East Gloucestershire; 2 miles north-west from Tetbury Road Railway Station on the Cheltenham and Swindon junction of the Great Western Railway, and 4 miles west from Cirencester; the Thames and Severn canal passes through the parish. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Crook Gibbs, M.A., is valued at £500 per annum, arising from 480 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of William T. Drewe, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Matthew, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and porch with tower containing two bells; it was restored in 1860, and has sittings for about 250. There is a National School for children of both sexes. A field in this parish is called the Thames Head, it contains several springs, and is one of the original sources of the river Thames; the springs are mostly dry in summer. The rateable value is £3130.

Tarlton is a small hamlet about 1 ½ mile south-west.

Clergy and Gentry

Bailey Henry, Esq., Coates lodge

Cator Albemarle, Esq., Trewsbury house

Gibbs Rev. Thomas Crook, M. A., rector

Howell Mr. Henry, The Elms

Trades and Professions

Avery Mrs., “Railway hotel,” Tetbury road

Blackwell Henry, farm bailiff to Mrs. Kilmister

Davenport George Henry, National schoolmaster

Dix Mrs. Ann, beer retailer and shopkeeper

Fowler William, farmer, Tarleton

Harding Thomas, carpenter and wheelwright, Tarleton

Howell Henry, farmer and maltster

Kearsey James, farmer, Tarleton

Kearsey Thomas, farmer, Tarleton

Kilmister Mrs. Matilda, farmer, Church farm

Lawrence Mrs. Mary, shopkeeper and beer retailer

Messenger Robert, blacksmith, Tarlton

Newman Henry, stationmaster, Tetbury Road station

Parson Edgecombe, farmer, Southfields

Pritchard Nathaniel, farmer, Jackerman’s bottom

Shipway Robert, parish clerk and sexton

Letters from Cirencester arrive at 8 a.m. Wall letterbox closes at 5.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Cirencester.

National School – George Henry Davenport master; Miss Ellen Rosa Davenport mistress

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


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