Coleford Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Coleford is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1782 from chapelry in Newland Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1768

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLEFORD, a small town, a tything, a chapelry, and a sub-district in the district of Monmouth and county of Gloucester. The town stands on the line of the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk, and Pontypool railway, in Dean forest, near Offa's dyke and the river Wye, 4 miles ESE of Monmouth. It consists chiefly of one main street; does a large trade in mineral productions; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; and has a head post office, a market-house, and four places of worship. A market is held weekly; and fairs on 20 June and 5 Dec. The environs are picturesque; and one spot was the scene of a skirmish in 1643. The tything includes the town; and is in Newland parish. Pop., 2,600. Houses, 538. The chapelry includes most of the tything. Pop., 2,376. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £150. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was rebuilt in the time of Anne, on the site of a previous one destroyed in the civil war; and has a tower. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans. The sub-district contains two parishes, West Dean township, and four tythings of Newland. Acres, 22,672. Pop., 13,964. Houses, 2,814

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

Coleford, 8 m. S.W. Mitchel-Dean, and 21 miles W. Gloucester. Mrkt. Fri. P. 2208

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


Coleford Universal British Directory 1791

A small town on the borders of Monmouthshire, is in the parish of Newland. It has a tolerable market on Friday, and two annual fairs, viz. June 20 for wool, and December 5 for cheese.

At Lidbrook and Redbrook, 3 miles from this town, are very extensive iron forges and a furnace, the property of Messrs. Harford, Partridge, and co. of Bristol. At Redbrook is also an iron rolling-mill and forge, belonging to Mr. David Tanner, of Monmouth.

Coleford is distant form London 127 miles, Monmouth 6, Newnham 8, Ross 10, and Dean 9. The London post comes in and goes out on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Monmouth and Brecon wagons pass through weekly. The post-office is kept by Mr. William Roberts, at the Angel Inn, where the excise-office is also kept. The principal inhabitants are:


Bennett William, Gent. (F.)

Dew John, sen. Gent. (F.)

Dew John, jun. Gent. (F.)

Edwin Charles, Esq. (F.)

Evans Thomas, Gent.

Fryer Wm. Gent. (F.)

Gage Right Hon. Lord Viscount

Hoskins Hedgwin, Gent. (F.)

Keare John, Gent. (F.)

Mudway Richard, Gent. (F.)

Probyn Edmund, sen. Esq. (F.)

Probyn Edmund, jun. Esq. (F.)

Slaiden Richard, Gent. (F.)

Teague James, Gent.

Watkins John, Gent. (F.)

Yarworth Robert, Gent. (F.)


Ball Rev. Peregrine, (F.) Rector of Newland

Birt Rev. Tho. (F.) Curate of Breeme

Probyn Rev. J. (F.) Vicar of Abinghall

Thomas Rev. John, (F.) Master of the Free School


Elmes Steele, (F.) Surgeon


James Thomas, (F.) Attorney


Court John, (F.) Glazier

Davis John, (F.) Smith

Jones John, Mercer

Roberts William, (F.) Innkeeper

Simmons William, (F.) Tanner

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Monmouth
  • 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: Monmouth
  • Hundred: St Briavels
  • Province: Canterbury