Leigh Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Leigh is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Evington.

Parish church: St James

Parish registers begin: 1560

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Leigh

  • Norton
  • Boddington
  • Apperley
  • Elmstone Hardwicke
  • Deerhurst

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LEIGH, a parish in Tewkesbury district, Gloucester; on the river Severn and the Comb canal, 4½ miles SSW of Tewkesbury r. station, and 5½ NW by W of Cheltenham. It contains the hamlet of Evington; and its post town is Cheltenham. Acres, 1,720. Rated property, £3,201. Pop., 428. Houses, 91. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the dean and chapter of Westminster. Leigh Villa is the seat of W. Hill, Esq., and commands a fine view. Much of the land is subject to frequent inundations. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £250. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church consists of nave, small cross aisle, and chancel, with an embattled tower; and is good. There are a national school, and charities about £40.

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

Leigh with Evington, 4½ miles S. Tewkesbury. P. 489

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

Leigh Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Leigh, co. Gloucester.

P. T. Gloucester (104) 6m. NNE. Pop. with Evington, 340.

A parish in the lower division of the hundred of Deerhurst; living, a dis. vicarage and a peculiar of Deerhurst, in the diocese of Gloucester; valued in K. B. 7l. 16s. 3d.; church ded. to St. James; patron, the Lord Chancellor. The river Severn and the Comb Canal pass through this parish.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Parish Records

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

 

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Directories

Leigh or Lye Morris Gloucestershire Directory 1876

Leigh (or Lye) is a parish, including the hamlet of Evington, in Tewkesbury union, containing by the census of 1861, 428, and in 1871, 386 inhabitants, and 1403 acres; in the deanery of Winchcomb, archdeaconry of Gloucester, diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, the lower division of Deerhurst hundred, East Gloucestershire; 6 miles south from Tewkesbury, 5 ½ north-west from Cheltenham, and 6 north-east from Gloucester, on the main road from thence to Tewkesbury. The vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Southgate Austin, M.A., is valued at £247 per annum, with residence and is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. The church, dedicated to Saint James, contains nave, chancel, and south aisle, with an embattled tower and a peal of five bells. There is a National School for Children of both sexes. The Dean and Chapter of Westminster are lords of the manor. The rateable value of this parish is £3646.

Leigh

Austin Rev. John Southgate, M.A., The Vicarage

Trades and Professions

Chandler Joseph Trinder, farmer, Leigh court
Chandler James, farmer, Great House farm
Davis Job, butcher
Moore William, butcher
Watts William, parish clerk

Evington

Arkell Henry, Esq., Evington villa
Hill William, Esq., Leigh house
Oakey Miss Elizabeth, Coomb bank
Hodgkins Henry, Esq., Evington house
Waltham Mrs. Eliza

Trades and Professions

Allen Richard, farmer, Villa farm
Brown John, farmer and boat owner
Chandler George, farmer, Leigh court
Chandler Joseph, farmer, Staplings
Cobb Daniel, farmer Brick House farm
Cresswell Thomas, blacksmith
Finch George, carpenter and wheelwright
Finch James, farmer
Goode Mrs. Sarah, coal merchant, The Wharf
Hall Charles, farmer
Hancock James, farmer
Hancock Mrs. Mary, farmer
Hancock Richard, farmer
Howe Lorenzo, “Swan” inn, Coomb hill
Jones Josiah, coal dealer
Keys Mrs. Mary, shopkeeper
Margrett Thomas, farmer
Margrett William, basket maker, “Crown”
Newman Henry, police constable
Newman Samuel, farmer, The Grange
Nunn James, National schoolmaster
Pardington William, boarding and day school, Prospect house
Taylor Thomas, shopkeeper
Taylor William, farmer
Waltham Alfred, farmer, Tudor cottage
Weston John, farmer
Weston Thomas, tailor
Yarnold William, shoemaker

Letters through Cheltenham. Wall letter box, Evington, cleared on week-days only at 5.50 p.m., from February 28th to November 1st, and at 3.50 p.m. the remainder of the year.

Police Station, Evington – Henry Newman, constable in charge.

National School – James Nunn, master, Mrs. Mary Ann Nunn, mistress.

Conveyance

Gloucester – Omnibus from Tewkesbury passes through every Saturday.

Carrier

Gloucester – Martin from Tewkesbury passes through in Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

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

Administration

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