Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Leonard Stanley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Downton, Lorridge Farm, and Lorridge.

Alternative names: Stanley St. Leonards

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1570

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Leonard Stanley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LEONARD-STANLEY, or STANLEY-ST. LEONARDS, a village and a parish in Stroud district, Gloucester. The village stands 1 mile E by S of Frocester r. station, 1½ S by E of Stonehouse r. station, and 3½ SW by W of Stroud; was once a market-town; was nearly all destroyed by fire in 1686; and has a post office under Stonehouse, and a fair on 20 July. The parish contains also the hamlet of Downton, and includes the detached tract of Lorridge. Acres, 1,070. Real property, £4,188; of which £655 are in railways. Pop., 864. Houses, 193. The manor belonged at Domesday to Richard de Berkeley; and belongs now to Mrs. P. Jones. Townsend House is the residence of - Minchin, Esq.; and the Priory is occupied by John Townsend, Esq. A Benedictine priory, a cell to Gloucester abbey, was founded here, in 1146, by one of the Berkeleys; was given, at the dissolution, to the Kingstons; and has left some fragmentary remains. Sandford's knoll commands an extensive and beautiful view. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £220. Patron, Mrs. P. Jones. The church is Norman and cruciform; is said to have belonged to the priory; has a low massive tower, of interesting character; and contains monuments of the Sandfords, and of the last prior Croose. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £30.

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


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.

Baghott Sir Paul, Knt., Leonard Stanley, Gloucestersh., merchant, Ang. 1, 1826. 


Marriages at Leonard Stanley 1570-1812

Marriages at Leonard Stanley 1570-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Leonard Stanley Marriages 1805 to 1812

Leonard Stanley Marriages 1800 to 1804

Leonard Stanley Marriages 1790 to 1799

Leonard Stanley Marriages 1775 to 1789


Stanley (Leonard Stanley) Universal British Directory 1791


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