Upper Swell, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

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

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1543
  • Bishop's Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include:

Table of Contents

Parishes adjacent to Upper Swell

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SWELL (Upper), a parish in Stow-on-the-Wold district, Gloucester; 2 miles NNW of Stow-on-the-Wold r. station. Post town, Stow-on-the-Wold, under Moreton-in-Marsh. Acres, 1,460. Real property, £1,615. Pop., 65. Houses, 17. The manor belongs to Pole, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £90. Patron, Pole, Esq. The church was partially restored in 1814.

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


Upper Swell Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Upper Swell is a township, parish and small village, 1 mile north-west from Stow-on-the-Wold, 4 north-west from the Addlestrop station on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway, and 5 south-west from Moreton-in-Marsh, in Upper Slaughter Hundred, Stow-on-the-Wold Union, East Gloucestershire, in Gloucester archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric.  It is situated on the high road from Stow to Tewkesbury.  The church is an old building, though partially restored in 1841; the chancel, arch and doorway, are of Norman architecture.  It is supposed that some battle was fought in the neighbourhood, from the circumstance of the extremely large collection of human remains found in every part of the churchyard, and which could not be those of so small a population as the parish contains.  The church consists of nave and chancel. The living is a rectory, worth £9 yearly, with residence and about 5 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Charles Van Notten Pole, Esq., of Wick Hill House; the Rev. Watson Buller Van Notten Pole, B.A., is the incumbent.  There is a day school for the children.  There is the remains of a very ancient tomb, situated on an eminence, surrounded with trees, a short distance west of the village, containing many human remains.  The structure is of very rude workmanship, though evidently constructed with some degree of care.  It has become much defaced of late years.  The population, in 1851, was 83, and the acreage is 1,294.  The soil is a stone brash.  Charles Van Notten Pole, Esq., is lord of the manor and chief landowner.

Pole Rev. Watson Buller Van Notten, B.A. (rector)
Cook Thomas, farmer, Fox farm
Gardiner Charles, farmer
Mathew – , miller
Smith Robert, farmer

Letters through Stow, which is also the nearest money order office.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol.  Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 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: Kiftsgate
  • Province: Canterbury