Lower Swell, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Lower Swell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Alternative names: Nether Swell

Parish church: St. Mary the Virgin

Parish registers begin: 1685

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Parishes adjacent to Lower Swell

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SWELL (Lower), a parish, with a village, in Stow-on-the-Wold district, Gloucester; 1 mile NW by N of Stow-on-the-Wold r. station. Post town, Stow-on-the Wold, under Moreton-in-Marsh. Acres, 1,670. Real property, £3,600. Pop., 449. Houses, 99. The property is much subdivided. Swell Bowl was the residence of the county historian, Sir R. Atkyns. There are a mineral spring and three barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £170. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The church is Norman, with a modern pointed aisle. There is a national school.

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

Swell (Lower), 1 m. W. Stow. P. 352

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


Marriages at Nether Swell 1686 to 1812

Note. – The oldest register is of parchment, in a bad, broken condition, and irregularly kept, owing, probably, to the non-residence of any vicar or curate until the middle of the present century. The lower portion has been burnt nearly half-way across. This has caused a shrivelling of the parchment, and the disappearance of some dates.

The second register covers the period 1742-1812. It is of parchment, in brown calf-binding, and has been kept better, and is in better condition. On the inside of the cover, however, is this memorandum :- “The parish register of Nether (commonly called Lower) Swell, procured with the utmost difficulty, after having been several years without one, by Henry Browne, M.A., Vicar,” etc.

The third volume, a register of marriages only, of parchment, well kept, and issued, according to a printed title-page, pursuant to Act 27 Geo. II. This register, therefore, covers 1763-1812. This transcript has been made by the present vicar, the Rev. David Royce, and is now printed by his permission and under his supervision

Marriages at Nether Swell 1686-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives



Nether Swell Marriages 1800 to 1812  


Nether Swell Marriages 1763 to 1799  

Nether Swell Marriages 1744 to 1761

Nether Swell Marriages 1612 to 1743


Lower or Nether Swell Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856


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