- source: Family History Library Catalog
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Dowdeswell is a civil parish in the Cotswold District
of the county of Gloucestershire, England. It is separated into Upper and Lower Dowdeswell, the former being south of the latter. It was formerly part of the Northleach Rural District.
About 7.1 km (4.4 mi) to the northwest is Cheltenham, and 19 km (12 mi) to the west is Gloucester. In 2001, it had a population of 185.
Andoversford (redirected here) is a village and located geographically within the old parish of Dowdeswell, about six miles east of Cheltenham. It is now considered a separate parish with a population of 668 according to the 2001 census.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Horsley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "DOWDESWELL, a parish in Northleach district, Gloucester; under the Cotswolds, 4 miles SE by E of Cheltenham [railway] station. It includes the village of Andoversford, which has a post office under Cheltenham. Acres: 2,246. Real property: £3,728. Population: 350. Houses: 59. The property is divided among a few. Dowdeswell House is the seat of R. R. Rogers, Esq. A skirmish occurred here in the wars of Charles I.; and some earth-works exist. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £402. Patron: R. R. Rogers, Esq. The church is of the 16th century, cruciform, and good; has a tower and spire; and contains a brass of 1500."
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- Dowdeswell from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 9/Bradley hundred] in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
- GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
- A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Respect the copyright on this material.
- The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
- A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county