Woodchester, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Woodchester is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1563

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Roman Catholic.

Parishes adjacent to Woodchester

  • King's Stanley
  • Nympsfield
  • Rodborough
  • Nailsworth
  • Amberley

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer 1870

WOODCHESTER, a parish, with a village, in Stroud district, Gloucester; on the Nailsworth railway, 2½ miles SW of Stroud. It has a post-office under Stroud, and a r. station. The parish comprises 1,203 acres. Real property, £3,728. Pop., 816. Houses, 189. The property is much subdivided. W. Park, W. House, the Priory, Park Hill, Atcombe House , Southfield House, and Chesterhill House are chief residences. Remains of a fine Roman pavement are near the site of the old church. The manufacture of broad-cloths, scarlet and billiard cloths, and pins is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £325. Patron,Hooper, Esq. The church was rebuilt, on a new site, in 1863. There are Baptist and Roman Catholic chapels, and an endowed school with £125 a year. A Dominican priory, large and handsome, was erected in 1858, and educates candidates for the priesthood. A Franciscan convent, also large and handsome, was erected in 1859, and has about 22 nuns. An orphanage, in connexion with the convent, was established in 1862; and educates, feeds, and clothes 18 children.

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

Woodchester, 2 m. N.E. Horseley. P. 908

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


Woodchester Bennetts Business Directory 1899

Browning J, grocer, High st
Browning W, dealer in all kinds of groceries, sweets, &c., Station rd
Cardwell E W, builder
Cross Inn, High st – T Wilson
Demmery S, bootmaker
Fletcher W, grocer
Fox E J & Co., cloth manfrs. Southfields
Gorton G, family grocer & provision dealer, General Stores, Post Office, High st
Grist J & Co., shoddy manfrs
Harding J, grocer, High st
Hatton Mrs, dressmaker, High st
Hopkins W J, seedsman
Hyett M, grocer

Jefferies S, coal mcht, Railway Station
Jersey Creamery Co, Inchbrook
Jerseys. Ltd, dairy appliance makers
Jones E, painter, High st
Lewton W, carpenter
Lugg W F, shoeing smith, Station Hill
Mabbett W M, butcher, Cainscross
Matthews J & W, shoeing smiths, Frogmarsh
Newman S J, brassfounder
Old Fleece Inn, Rooksmore – J W Neale
Pearce G H, carriage builder
Penn Mrs, draper
Phillips N, green grocer, Bridge st
Pitt N C & Co, cork manfrs
Plough Inn – W Lewton
Pugh T, grocer, Cainscross
Ram Inn, High st – C Harrison
Ratcliff C & J, carpenters
Royal Oak – J Mortimer
Spring Inn – W Shill
Smith W, greengrocer
Telegraph & Money Order Office
Turner A & Co, drapers
Turner J, butcher, High st
Ward, grocer
While, grocer, Paker Hill
White Horse Inn – J Hooper
Woodward W, baker, High st
Workman H, timber mcht
Yew Tree Inn, High st – G Latham
Yorke J M, grocer, Selsey rd

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


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