Elmstone Hardwicke, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Elmstone Hardwicke with Uckington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Uckington.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1564

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Elmstone Hardwicke

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ELMSTONE-HARDWICKE, a parish in Tewkesbury and Cheltenham districts, Gloucester; on the Gloucester and Birmingham railway, near Cleeve station, 3¾ miles NNW of Cheltenham. It contains the hamlet of Uckington; and its post town is Bishops-Cleeve, under Cheltenham. Acres, 2,613. Real property, £2,460. Pop., 440. Houses, 102. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £233. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is early Norman, and has some curious carvings.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Parish Records

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Census returns for Elmstone-Hardwicke, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Elmstone-Hardwicke, 1605-1812 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Elmstone-Hardwicke (Gloucestershire)

Computer printout of Elmstone Hardwicke, Gloucs., Eng


St. Mary Magdalene, Elmstone Hardwick Author: Cooper, Keith; Rawes, J. A. (Julian A.); Cryer, George; Gloucestershire Family History Society

Poll Books

Elmstone Hardwicke Poll Book 1834 - Google Books

Uckington Poll Book 1834 - Google Books


Elmstone Hardwick with the Hamlet of Uckington Kellys Directory 1856

Elmstone Hardwick, anciently Almondeston, is a township, parish and village, distant 7 miles north-east from Gloucester, 3 ½ north-west from Cheltenham railway station, 5 south from Tewkesbury, and 2 ½ west from the Bishop’s Cleeve station on the Midland line.  It is situate in the lower part of the Westminster Hundred, Tewkesbury Union, East Gloucestershire, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester, deanery of Winchcombe, and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol.  The church of St. Mary Magdalene consists of nave and chancel, with a tower, battlemented, having grotesque figures projecting from the angles, and, from its style of windows, appears to have been erected about the 15th century.  On the west side is a representation of two figures playing on musical instruments.  The living is a vicarage, valued at £233, and in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor; the Rev. John Byron, M.A., is the incumbent.  The population of the township at the last census was 218; its rateable value being £2,488, with 1,732 acres; the population of the parish was 490, with 2,610 acres.  The soil in general is clayey, and subsoil gravel, and principally applied to pasture.  The Dean and Chapter of Westminster are lords of the manor; and Charles Yeend Day, Esq., Hillend Court, Worcestershire, James Marsden, Esq., Dick’s field, Exeter, and John Pensham, Esq., Leigh, are the chief landowners.  There are charities of small annual value connected with this parish.

Uckington, a township and hamlet in this parish, lies in the lower part of Deerhurst Hundred, Cheltenham Union, distant 2 ¼ miles west from Cheltenham, and is intersected by the turnpike-road leading from the latter place to Tewkesbury; it was formerly called Hockington, and belonged anciently to the church of St. Dennis.  At the beginning of the last century the Earl of Oxford held the manor, at whose death, in 1742, it went out of the family, and passed to Joseph Berwick, Esq., of Worcester.  Sir Edmund Hungerford Lechmere, Bart., of Hanley Castle, is the present lord of the manor, who, with Hugh Stratford Stratford, Esq., of Thorpe, Northamptonshire, is the chief landowner.  The population, in 1851, was 173, with 880 acres.
Piff’s Elm, Knightsbridge, and Malthouse Farm, are places here.

Elmstone Hardwick
Harris Daniel, carpenter
Harris Hubert, farmer
Holder Charles, farmer
New John, farmer
Newman Alfred, farmer
Piff William, farmer
Preston Jane (Miss), ‘Old White Swan,’ Piff’s elm
Preston Wm. beer retailer, Knightsbridge
Price Richard, farmer
Yeend Charles, farmer
Yeend James, farmer
Yeend Neighbour, farmer

Byron Rev. John, M.A.

Briddle Thos. carpenter & beer retailer
Buckle John, farmer
Castree Edward James, farmer
Castree Josiah, farmer
Compton Joseph, beer retailer
Cook Joseph, farmer
Theyer Daniel, farmer, Malthouse farm
Ursell William, bricklayer & shopkpr
Woodward Joseph, farmer

Letters through Cheltenham, which is also the nearest money order office.

Carrier – Dance, passes through Uckington, from Tewkesbury to Cheltenham, Thursday & Saturday; returning same days.

A Coach passes through this hamlet from Cheltenham to Worcester, daily.

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

Uckington Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Uckington is a hamlet and village in the township and parish of Elmstone Hardwicke, which is in the lower division of the Hundred of Deerhurst, and is included in the Union of Cheltenham, from which towns it is distant 2 ¼ miles north-west.  The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric, in the gift of the Crown, and of the yearly value of £233.  The Rev. John Byron, M.A., is the incumbent.  The church of the Virgin Mary is a very old building, in the Saxon style, with tower and 4 bells.  In 1851 the population was 173, and the acreage 852, chiefly arable.
Moat, Corner, and Pigeon House, are farms.

Buckle John, esq. Moat farm
Buckle Miss
Byron Rev. John, M.A. (vicar)

Biddle Thomas, carpenter
Buckle John, farmer, Moat farm
Castre Edward, farmer, Uckington frm
Cooke Joseph & Mary (Miss), farmers, Corner farm
Humphris William, farmer
Theyer Daniel, farmer, Pigeon house fm
Ursell Charles, parish clerk
Ursell William, grocer
Woodward Joseph, farmer, Manor farm

Letters are included in the delivery from Cheltenham, which 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: Cheltenham; Tewkesbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Winchcombe
  • Poor Law Union: Tewkesbury, Cheltenham
  • Hundred: Deerhurst; Westminster (Gloucestershire)
  • Province: Canterbury