Wickwar, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Wickwar is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1689

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Wickwar

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WICKWAR, a small town and a parish in Chipping-Sodbury district, Gloucester. The town stands on the Birmingham and Bristol railway, 4 miles N of Chipping-Sodbury; is a borough by prescription, governed by a mayor and 12 aldermen; and has a post-office under Wotton-under-Edge, a r. station, a mechanics' institute, with reading room and library, an early English church, an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £180 a year, a Church girls' school, charities £60, four malthouses, an extensive brewery, and fairs on 6 April, 2 July, and the first Monday of Nov. The parish comprises 2,307 acres. Real property, £5,501. Pop., 949. Houses, 211. The manor belongs to Earl Ducie. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £436. Patron, Earl Ducie.

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.

Higgs Daniel, Wickwar, Gloucestershire, innholder, April 28, 1837.

Tanner James, Wickwar, Gloucestershire, tailor and draper, July 4, 1828.

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Wickwar Marriages

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812

Note. – Wickwar, though never more than a village with one street, was one of the unreformed boroughs governed by a Mayor and Corporation, until their abolition in 1887.

Vol. I of the Registers is a white parchment book, containing for each year, under separate headings, lists of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials; it includes the period from 1689 to 1777; after that date the Marriages are in a separate volume.

These Marriage entries have been transcribed by Mr. Henry C. Malden, M.A., of Godalming, and are printed under his supervision by permission of the Rector, the Rev. Ralph J. Lyon, Hon. Canon of Gloucester and Rural Dean.

Marriages at Wickwar 1689 to 1812 - UK Genealogy Archives


Wickwar Marriages 1803 to 1812

Volume III.

Thomas Goulter & Mary Griffin, 16 Mar. 1803

John Skilling, of Somerford, Wilts, & Anne Clarke, lic., 20 May 1803

Charles White & Elizabeth Waine, 21 Sept. 1803

William Cook & Joice Wirrett, 6 Feb. 1804

George Kerrick & Mary Park, 1 Apr. 1804

Robert Griffin, of Kingswood, Wilts, & Elizabeth Mallett, 8 Apr. 1804

John Fowles, b., & Elizabeth Andrews, s., 25 Aug. 1804

James Underhill, b., & Hannah Werrett, 9 Dec. 1804

Charles Hallier & Ruth Summers, 26 Dec. 1804

William Lovegrove, b., & Elizabeth Witchell, s., 27 Dec. 1804

Isaac Vowles, senr., & Esther Hallier, 27 Dec. 1804

Joseph Short & Charity Lord, 30 Dec. 1804

Robert Wadham & Mary Denman, 7 Feb. 1805

Thomas Golter & Mary Kirbey, 3 Mar. 1805

Charles Morley & Elizabeth Werrett, 11 Mar. 1805

Thomas Burr, w., & Ann Blanch, s., 20 Mar. 1805

John Ford, of Yate, b., & Christian Morley, of this p., s., 11 Apr. 1805

Edward Davis, of Bolcomb, co. Somerset, b., & Eleanor Allen, of this p., s., 22 Aug. 1805

William Newson, b., & Elizabeth Whitcombe, of St. Michael, Bristol, w., lic., 25 Aug. 1805

Thomas Spill & Jane Ball, 4 Nov. 1805

John Webb & Sarah Hallier, 2 Mar. 1806

James Colborn & Esther Kilmister, 8 Sept. 1806

James Stanner & Elizabeth Watts, 5 Apr. 1807

Arthur Cook, w., & Charity Short, w., of Yeate, 6 Apr. 1807

John Minett & Sarah Atkins, 26 May 1807

John Chandler, of Fosbury, Wilts, b., & Betty Taylor, s., of this p., lic., 4 Jan. 1808

William White, junr., & Mary Jones, 17 Mar. 1808

Joseph Minett, b., & Martha Hobb, s., lic., 9 May 1808

John Underhill & Mary Hallier, 26 Sept. 1808

George Frape, of Iron Acton, & Mary Davis, of this p., 5 Oct. 1808

Thomas Cook, w., & Susannah Batt, 22 Oct. 1808

William Godwin & Hannah Watts, 5 June 1809

Charles Spill, of Rangeworthy, & Ann Hollway, 7 Sept. 1809

John Ball, of Norton, & Ann Tanner, of this p., 19 Oct. 1809

Daniel Park & Ann Franklin, 1 Apr. 1810

James Beckingham & Hannah Kilmister, 7 Aug. 1810

Thomas Cary, of Wotton-under-Edge, b., & Ann Morley, of this p. w., lic., 11 Apr. 1811

James Hawkins & Elizabeth Cook, 13 Apr. 1811

Christopher Heath, of Chippenham, Wilts, b., & Mary Heath, of this p., lic., 15 Aug. 1811

Edward Hearn & Hannah Excell, 14 Oct. 1811

John Wathen & Martha Haynes, 29 Jan. 1812

William Hobbs, of Berkeley, b., & Esther Minett, of this p., s., lic., 7 Feb. 1812

William Lovell & Hannah Maria Park, 22 Apr. 1812

George Kerrick, of Yeat, & Ann Davis, of this p., 4 May 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XI. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1905.


Wickwar Bennetts Business Directory 1899

Arnold J & Sons, brewers, High st
Arnold, Perrett & Co. Ltd, brewers
Beaufort Arms, High st – A Raggatt
Berry M E, fancy repository, High st
Bulley J, baker confectioner, pastrycook, flour, bran & meal factor, High st
Crown Inn, High st – C Blaken
Daniel F, saddler, High st
Franklin G, builder, High st
Free School, High st
Gate Inn, Sodbury rd – J Chappell
Hobbs W, stone mcht, Old Barn Quarry
Honeyborne J, grocer
Huff L, coach builder, High st

Isaac Miss, ironmonger, High st
Kathro H, baker, flour, bran & meal factor, High st.  Whole-meal bread made to order
Merrett S, stationer, High st
Minett C, butcher, High st
Morley W, greengrocer, High st
New Inn Hotel, High st – Z Durkee, proprietor.  Family & commercial.  Every accommodation. C.T.C. headquarters
Park D, beer retailer. High st
Powell J, rate collector, High st
Powell J & Cons, tailors and breeches makers, Hig st (sic).  Fit & style guaranteed.  Ladies jackets made to order.
Railway Hotel – S Gothard
Ranger C, carpenter, High st
Roberts J, beer retailer, High st
Robinson A, grocer, Post Office, High st
Rodway Mrs E, grocer, High st
Savory R, seedsman, High st
Shipway E, blacksmith, High st
Simmonds & Forty, surgeons, High st
Webb G, bootmaker, High st
White F, bootmaker, High st
White Horse, Station rd – A Codrington
Wicks E, watchmaker, High st
Wickham C, grocer, tea dealer, provision merchant, corn & flour factor, ham and bacon curer, High st
Wickwar Endowed School – W Woodford

Source: Bennetts Business Directory (Gloucestershire Section) 1899; Bennett & Co. Printers and Publishers, Birmingham.

Wickwar Universal British Directory 1791

One hundred and thirteen miles from London, is a very ancient borough-town, but of late years much decayed, and is now without any trade.  It is still governed by a mayor, and an indefinite number of aldermen, but sends no members.  It has a nominal market-day on Monday; and two annual fairs, April 6 and June 24, the profits whereof belong to the mayor, who is an alderman ever after his office expired.  The town is well watered by tow brooks, over one of which is a handsome stone-bridge, and the wastes of it afford plenty of coal.  This parish is much obliged to one Alexander Hosea, a poor boy, a native of it, that ran away from his parents, but met with such fortune in the world, that he gave 600l to build a school-house here, endowing it with a very good house in Gray’s-inn-lane, London, for maintenance of the schoolmaster, which gift was settle by a decree in chancery.

The church is a large edifice, with two aisles.  The tower is at the west end, and is high, adorned with pinnacles.  Wickwar is distant from Gloucester twenty-six miles, from Wotton five, and from Sodbury four.  Wotton is the post-town.  The principal inns are the King’s Arms and New Inn. – No coach or carrier to or from this place.  The parish is ten miles in compass. – The following are the principal inhabitants:

Gentry, &c.

Cullimore James, Gent. (F.)
Ducie Right Honourable Lord, Tortworth-court
Hobbs William, Gent. (F.)
Hockley Arthur, Gent. (F.)
Hockley William, Gent. (F.)
Pardoe John Woodman, Gent. (F.)
Wade Mrs.


Chester Rev. John, (F.) D. D. Rector
Jones Rev. Richard, Charfield
Jones Rev. Thomas, Cromhall
Penny Rev. Robert, D. D. Cromhall
Thomas Rev. Thomas, Kingswood
Williams Rev. Mr. Curate, and Master of the Grammar-school

Stokes Edward, (F.) Attorney

Traders, &c.

Bick Nathaniel, (F.) Yeoman
Canter William, (F.) Yeoman
Crew Samuel, New Inn
Fowler Richard, (F.) Shopkeeper
Morley William, King’s Arms
Wilkins Daniel, (F.) Yeoman

The village of Rangeworthy is three miles from Wickwar, and the same distance from Thornbury.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chipping Sodbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Hawkesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chipping Sodbury
  • Hundred: Grumbald's Ash
  • Province: Canterbury