Coln St Aldwyn, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Coln St. Aldwyn is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1650

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Coln St. Aldwyn

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLN-ST. ALDWIN, a parish in Northleach district, Gloucester; on the river Colne and the Fosse way, 3 miles N by W of Fairford, and 8½ ENE of Cirencester r. station. It has a post office under Swindon. Acres, 3,420. Real property, £3,107. Pop., 516. Houses, 101. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £103. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester. The church is variously Norman, early English, and perpendicular; and was repaired in 1853. Charities, £14.

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

Cold (St. Aldwin's), 3 m. N. Fairford. P. no return

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.

Haynes William, Coln St. Aldwyn's, Gloucestershire, miller, May 19, 1835.

Poll Books

Coln St. Aldwyn Poll Book 1834 - Google Books


Coln Saint Aldwyns Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Coln Saint Aldwyns is a parish and village in Northleach union, containing, by the census of 1861, 516, and in 1871, 523 inhabitants, and 2480 acres; in the deanery of Fairford, archdeaconry of Bristol, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, hundred of Brightwells Barrow, East Gloucestershire; 3 miles north of Fairford. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Alfred Kent, M. A., is valued at £110 per annum, with residence. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, consisting of nave, chancel, and transept, with a tower containing a peal of eight bells; there are some beautiful stained windows in the chancel. There is a National School for children of both sexes, which was erected in 1856. The poor have charitable bequests producing about £12 per annum. The rateable value of this parish is £3355. 

Clergy and Gentry

Beach Sir Michael Edward Hicks, Bart., Williamstrip Park

Kent Rev. Alfred, M.A., The Vicarage

Sullivan Henry Eden, Esq.

Trades and Professions

Barton John, farmer, Manor farm

Castle Lawrence, miller, farmer, and baker

Clarke Mrs. Anne, farmer

Collett Charles, carpenter and joiner

Collett Francis, shopkeeper

Compton Charles, parish clerk

Cooke William, blacksmith

Porter Benjamin, farmer and maltster

Porter John, farmer

Prater Charles, corn dealer, mealman, and farmer

Prater Frederick, baker

Padway Edward, farmer, Swire farm

Sullivan Henry Eden, solicitor

Webb Edward, surveyor

Webb Frederick, steward to Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bart.

Wilkins James, maltster and beer retailer

Post Office – Mrs. Henrietta Bowl, sub-postmistress. Letters from Fairford arrive at 7.5 a.m., dispatched at 6.30 p.m. Fairford is the nearest money order office.

National School – Miss Wilkie, 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: Northleach
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Fairford
  • Poor Law Union: Northleach
  • Hundred: Brightwells Barrow
  • Province: Canterbury