Kemerton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.
Parish church: St Nicholas
Parish registers begin: 1572
Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.
Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol IV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1900.
Author: Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Blagg, Thomas Matthews
Note. – The registers of the parish of Kemerton are in three parchment volumes, all in good preservation. Vol. I measures 11 ½ by 7 ½ in., and has 110 pages, the first 82 only being numbered. The first page is mostly palimpsest, the older reddish-brown ink being seen through or near the newer and blacker ink. It is headed, in a black letter hand, “Regist’. Ecclie’. Parochiae de Kenmertone, An’o Domini, 1572”; and the entries continue from that year to the end of 1720. Each year is perfect: but there are no entries for 1589-95. The pages, or years, are signed by the then Rector and two Churchwardens, entered before 1610 as Guardians.
On one of the two paper fly-leaves at the beginning of this volume is written, “30 leaves, paied for this booke 3s. 4d.,” and under this, “There was a marriage in ye Church the 9 July 1641 nott sett downe.” On the other leafe, “30 leves. I payde for this booke iijs. Iiijd.” Under this, “More leafes since added, which make up in ye whole, the number of 80 pages.” Lower down, “Thomas ye sonne of John Farley and Mary his wife baptised Wenesday June ye 17.63,” and entry omitted in its proper place. There are several trial signatures of Joh. Hinman, Rector, 1648-74, and in his handwriting the text, written twice and smudged over, “Let me die the death of the righteous.”
Several blank leaves have been cut out, a small portion of them being still left, and nearly half of the last page has been cut away lengthwise, and on the remaining portion a list of the Rectors, with the dates of their burial or death. Among them occurs the name of Dr. Godfrey Goodman (Rector 1630), Bishop of Gloucester (1625), whose chequered career may be read in full in the Dictionary of National Biography. There is also on this page an entry concerning right of way.
Vol. II measures 9 ½ by 5 ½ in., and has 74 pages. It contains the Register of Baptisms and Burials from 1721 to April 1782 and of Marriages from 1721 to the end of 1755. After that date the Marriages are registered in books of printed forms.
Vol. III measures 11 ½ by 7 ½ in., and 36 of its pages are occupied with Baptisms and Burials from March 1782 to the end of 1812.
The Marriages have been extracted by the Rev. J. J. Mercier, Rector of Kemerton, and are now printed by his permission and under his supervision.Marriages at Kemerton 1575 to 1812 - Archive.org
Kemerton, a village and a parish in Tewkesbury district, Gloucester. The village stands near a small affluent of the Avon, amid hills commanding extensive views, adjacent to Worcestershire, 1½ mile E of Bredon r. station, and 5 NE of Tewkesbury; and has a post office under Tewkesbury. The parish comprises 1,627 acres. Real property, £3,709. Pop., 559. Houses, 135. The property is much subdivided. The manor, with Kemerton Court, belongs to the Hoptons. Excellent freestone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £600. Patron, not reported. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1847; is in the decorated English style; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, a national school, and charities £15.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].