Littledean, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Littledean is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1684

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Independent/Congregational.

Parishes adjacent to Littledean

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DEAN (Little), a village and a parish in Westbury-on-Severn district, Gloucester. The village stands on the east verge of Dean Forest, near the South Wales railway, 2 miles NW of Newnham; has a post office under Newnham, a curious ancient cross, and fairs on Whit-Monday and 26 Nov.; and was once a market-town. The parish comprises 510 acres. Real property, £2,320. Pop., 887. Houses, 165. The property is much subdivided. Coal and iron ore are worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £200. Patrons, the Corporation of Gloucester. The church is later English. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charities £25.

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.

Lees George, Little Dean, Gloucestershire, maltster, March 8, 1831.

Robinson Philip, Littledean, Gloucestershire, maltster, April 11, 1826.

The London Gazette

Debtors Prison

The people listed below were sent to the debtors prison.

Thomas Davis late of Church street Littledean Gloucestershire Labourer In the Gaol of Gloucester - Saturday the 11th day of January 1851 - The London Gazette 1851

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


Little Dean Gloucestershire Universal British Directory 1791

Little Dean is three miles distant from Great Dean; it is a very small town, on the verge of the forest, and had formerly a market. The only branch of manufacture carried on here is making of nails; and those made in this place are esteemed superior to most in the kingdom. Contiguous to this town, has been lately built a penitentiary-house and bridewell for the forest-division of the county. Newenham is the post-town. – the following are the principal inhabitants:

Gentry, &c.

Brookes William, Gent. (F.)

Cullimore William, Esq.

Evans – , Gent.

Morton William, Esq.

Pyrke Joseph Watkyns, Esq. (F.)


Frier Rev. William, Curate

Webb Rev. Benjamin, (F.) Vicar of Dean

Traders, &c.

Robinson Philip, (F.) Proprietor of capital Coal and Nail-works

Boughton Joseph, Timber-merchant

Taylor Thomas, (F.) Nailor

Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Vol. 2.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Westbury on Severn
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Hereford, Post-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol, Pre 1836 - Gloucester
  • Rural Deanery: Forest
  • Poor Law Union: Westbury on Severn
  • Hundred: St Briavels
  • Province: Canterbury