Nailsworth, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Nailsworth is a chapelry of Minchinhampton Ancient Parish, Horsley, Ancient Parish and Avening Ancient Parish in Gloucestershire.

Other places in the parish include: Shortwood.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1794

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Nailsworth

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Nailsworth, a large village and a chapelry in the SE of Gloucestershire. The village stands in the vale of Rodborough, at the terminus of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth railway, amid pleasant environs, 2 miles SW of Minchinhampton, and 5 ¾ of Stonehouse; has a post-office under Stroud, a railway station, two good inns, a public drinking-fountain, a subscription-room for lectures and concerts, a church, six dissenting chapels, a mechanics’ institute, a national school, a British school, a weekly market on Saturday, and a monthly cattle market; and carries on extensive woollen cloth manufacture, pin-making, and the making of bed-steads, gun-stocks, and walking-sticks. The railway to it is a branch from the Midland line at Stonehouse, and was opened in the early part of 1867. – The chapelry has no precise limits; but practically includes portions of the parishes of Avening, Horsley, and Minchinhampton. Extensive beech woods are in the neighbourhood, and supply materials for some of the local manufactures. Several barrows are also in the vicinity, and have been opened. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £100. Patrons, Trustees and the Rector of Avening.

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

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


Nailsworth Gell and Bradshaw Directory 1820


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.

Blackwell Edw. Jackson, Nailsworth, Gloucestersh., cloth manuf., July 24, 1829.

Bliss Henry, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, list manufacturer, Jan. 8, 1839.

Browne Obed Edom, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, cloth manuf , April 18, 1826.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Stroud
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Stonehouse
  • Poor Law Union: Stroud
  • Hundred: Longtree
  • Province: Canterbury