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Kingswood - OPC Vacancy

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Kingswood - St. Mary The Virgin Kingswood - St. Mary The Virgin

Kingswood Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes

Alderley - Hawkesbury - Wickwar - Charfield - Wotton-under-Edge - North Nibley (all in Gloucestershire) 

Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Kingswood.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.


The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Parish Registers held at Gloucester Record Office


Parish History

Kingswood was transferred from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire jurisdiction in 1844


Near Wootton under Edge, Gloucestershire

National Gazetteer 1868

KINGSWOOD, a parish and township in the hundred of Chippenham, county Gloucester, 1 mile S.W. of Wootton-under-Edge, its post town, and 2 miles from the Charfield station, on the Bristol and Birmingham railway. It was once forest, and has the gatehouse and other remains of a Cistercian priory, founded in 1139 by Roger Berkeley, as a cell to Tyntern Abbey. The site was given by Queen Elizabeth to the Thynnes. Previous to 1844 it formed part of the county of Wilts, but is now annexed to Gloucester. The village is considerable, and many of the inhabitants in the cloth trade. There are woollen cloth factories at Kingswood Mills, Nind Mills, and Park Mills, also a brewery.

The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £99, in the patronage of the inhabitants. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient stone structure with one bell. It contains an ancient font, and tombs of the Berkeley family. There are schools for boys and infants. The Wesleyans and Independents have chapels. R. H. Blagden Hale, Esq., is lord of the manor.


Buildings and Land


Valuations and Rating 1943


Crime and Legal Matters

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879               Transportation of Prisoners 1827






Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818

Family Notices 


Parish Notables

Johnny Ball - Mathematician and TV Presenter born 23 May 1938


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850




War, Conflict and Military Matters

Muster Roll 1539           Why the Poppy



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