Place:Gloucestershire, England

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NameGloucestershire
Alt namesGlossource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002; Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xvii; Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
GLOSS-ter-shersource: Wikipedia (pronunciation only)
Gloucestersource: Family History Library Catalog
Gloucestersource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Gloucssource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002
GLSsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates51.783°N 2.25°W
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Ancient parish
Bristol All Saints ( - 1896 )
Bristol Castle Precincts ( - 1896 )
Bristol Christchurch ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Augustine
Bristol St. James In ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. James and St. Paul Out
Bristol St. John the Baptist ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Mary Redcliff
Bristol St. Mary le Port
Bristol St. Michael ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Nicholas ( - 1996 )
Bristol St. Peter ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Philip and St. Jacob In ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Stephen ( - 1996 )
Bristol St. Thomas the Martyr ( - 1896 )
Bristol Temple ( - 1896 )
Gloucester Barton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Gloucester Barton St. Michael ( - 1885 )
Gloucester Holy Trinity ( 1866 - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Aldate ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Catherine
Gloucester St. John the Baptist
Gloucester St. Mary de Crypt ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Mary de Grace ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Mary-de-Lode ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Michael
Gloucester St. Nicholas
Gloucester St. Owen
Littledean
Borough (county)
Bristol ( - 1974 )
Civil parish
Adlestrop
Aldsworth
Alkington
Almondsbury ( - 1974 )
Alveston ( - 1974 )
Alvington
Arlingham
Ashchurch ( - 2008 )
Ashton-under-Hill ( - 1931 )
Aston-Subedge
Aylburton
Badgeworth
Badminton ( - 1974 )
Barnsley
Barrington ( 1935 - )
Baunton
Berkeley
Beverston
Bisley
Bitton ( - 1974 )
Blaisdon
Bledington
Blockley ( 1931 - )
Bourton-on-the-Water
Boxwell-with-Leighterton
Brimpsfield
Bristol All Saints ( - 1896 )
Bristol Castle Precincts ( - 1896 )
Bristol Christchurch ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Augustine
Bristol St. James In ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. James and St. Paul Out
Bristol St. John the Baptist ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Mary Redcliff
Bristol St. Mary le Port
Bristol St. Michael ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Nicholas ( - 1996 )
Bristol St. Paul In ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Peter ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Philip and St. Jacob In ( - 1896 )
Bristol St. Stephen ( - 1996 )
Bristol St. Thomas the Martyr ( - 1896 )
Bristol Temple ( - 1896 )
Broadwell (near Stow-on-the-Wold)
Bulley ( - 1935 )
Cainscross ( 1894 - 1936 )
Cam
Chaceley ( 1931 - )
Chalford ( 1894 - )
Cherington
Clapton-on-the-Hill
Coberley
Coln Rogers
Coln St. Dennis
Compton Abdale
Condicote
Corse
Cranham
Daglingworth
Didbrook
Donnington
Dorsington ( - 1931 )
Doynton ( - 1974 )
Drybrook ( 1953 - )
Duntisbourne Abbots
Duntisbourne Rouse
East Dean ( 1844 - 1953 )
Eastington (near Stroud)
Eastleach ( 1935 - )
Edgeworth
Elberton ( - 1974 )
Elkstone
English Bicknor
Eyford
Farmington
Filton ( - 1974 )
Frampton Cotterell ( - 1974 )
Frampton-on-Severn
Fretherne-with-Saul ( 1884 - )
Frocester
Gloucester Barton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Gloucester Barton St. Michael ( - 1885 )
Gloucester Holy Trinity ( 1866 - 1896 )
Gloucester North Hamlet
Gloucester Pool Meadow ( - 1896 )
Gloucester South Hamlet ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Aldate ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Catherine
Gloucester St. John the Baptist
Gloucester St. Mary de Crypt ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Mary de Grace ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Mary-de-Lode ( - 1896 )
Gloucester St. Michael
Gloucester St. Nicholas
Gloucester St. Owen
Great Barrington ( - 1935 )
Great Rissington
Great Washbourne
Great Whitcombe
Ham and Stone
Hanham ( - 1974 )
Harescombe
Harnhill ( - 1935 )
Hartpury
Hasfield
Hatherop
Hawkesbury ( - 1974 )
Hewelsfield
Hidcote Bartrim
Highleadon
Highnam Over and Linton
Highnam ( 1935 - )
Hill
Hillesley and Tresham ( 1991 - )
Hinders Lane and Dockham ( 1869 - 1884 )
Hinton (near Berkeley)
Hinton-on-the-Green ( - 1931 )
Horton ( - 1974 )
Icomb ( 1844 - )
Ilmington ( - 1894 )
Kemerton ( - 1931 )
Kempsford
Kingscote
Kingswood (near Wotton-under-Edge) ( 1844 - )
Lea Bailey ( - 1890 )
Leckhampton
Leigh
Little Barrington ( - 1935 )
Little Compton ( - 1931 )
Little Rissington
Little Washbourne
Littledean
Littleton-upon-Severn ( - 1974 )
Longborough
Longford ( 1885 - 1937 )
Lower Lemington
Lower Slaughter
Lower Swell ( - 1935 )
Lydbrook ( 1953 - )
Lydney
Maisemore
Marshfield
Matson ( - 1935 )
Minsterworth
Miserden
Naunton
Newland
North Bristol ( 1896 - 1898 )
North Cerney
Northleach with Eastington ( 1950 - )
Norton
Nympsfield
Oddington
Old Sodbury ( - 1974 )
Oldbury-on-Severn ( - 1974 )
Oldland ( - 1974 )
Olveston ( - 1974 )
Overbury
Owlpen
Painswick
Pebworth ( - 1931 )
Pendock ( - 1934 )
Pilning and Severn Beach ( 1996 - )
Pinnock and Hyde
Pitchcombe
Pucklechurch ( - 1974 )
Quedgeley
Quinton ( - 1931 )
Randwick
Rangeworthy ( - 1974 )
Redmarley d'Abitot ( 1931 - )
Rockhampton ( - 1974 )
Rodborough
Rodmarton
Ruspidge ( 1953 - )
Saintbury
Sapperton
Sevenhampton
Sherborne
Shipton Moyne
Shurdington
Siddington
Sodbury ( - 1974 )
Somerford Keynes ( 1897 - )
Southam and Brockhampton ( - 1935 )
Southrop
St. Briavels
Stanton
Staunton (near Coleford)
Staunton ( 1931 - )
Stinchcombe
Stoke Gifford ( - 1974 )
Stonehouse
Stow-on-the-Wold
Stratton
Stroud ( 1304 - )
Sutton-under-Brailes ( - 1844 )
Swell ( 1935 - )
Syde
Teddington ( 1931 - )
Thornbury ( - 1974 )
Thrupp ( 1894 - )
Tirley
Tortworth ( - 1974 )
Tuffley ( - 1900 )
Turkdean
Twigworth
Tytherington ( - 1974 )
Uley
Up Hatherley ( 1887 - )
Upper Slaughter
Upper Swell ( - 1935 )
Upton St. Leonards
Walton Cardiff ( - 2008 )
Wapley-cum-Codrington ( - 1974 )
West Dean
West Littleton ( - 1974 )
Westbury-on-Severn
Westcote
Westerleigh ( - 1974 )
Weston-Subedge
Weston-on-Avon ( - 1931 )
Westonbirt with Lasborough
Whittington
Wick and Abson ( - 1974 )
Wickwar ( - 1974 )
Windrush
Winstone
Winterbourne ( - 1974 )
Woodchester
Woodmancote (near Tewkesbury)
Wotton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Wotton-under-Edge
Wyck Rissington
Yate ( - 1974 )
County town
Gloucester
District municipality
Cheltenham (district) ( 1974 - )
Cotswold (district) ( 1974 - )
Forest of Dean (district) ( 1974 - )
Gloucester (district) ( 1974 - )
Stroud (district) ( 1974 - )
Tewkesbury (district) ( 1974 - )
Former community
Northwick Park
Former district
Dean Forest ( - 1844 )
Former parish
Lancaut ( - 1935 )
Oldbury-on-the-Hill ( - 1931 )
Widford ( - 1844 )
Hamlet
Admington ( 1931 - )
Ampney St. Peter
Aston-Subedge
Breadstone
Bulley ( - 1935 )
Clopton ( - 1931 )
Coombe Hill
Donnington
Eyford
Gloucester Barton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Gloucester Barton St. Michael ( - 1885 )
Haywards Field
Highleadon
Highnam Over and Linton
Little Washbourne
Littleworth (near Gloucester)
Mayshill
Owlpen
Prescott
Preston (near Ledbury)
Redwick and Northwick ( - 1974 )
Roel
Tirley
Tortworth ( - 1974 )
Tuffley ( - 1900 )
West Littleton ( - 1974 )
Widford ( - 1844 )
Wotton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Wotton Vill ( - 1951 )
Hundred
Barton Regis (hundred)
Berkeley (hundred)
Bisley (hundred)
Bledisloe (hundred)
Botloe (hundred)
Bradley (hundred)
Brightwells Barrow (hundred)
Cheltenham (hundred)
Cleeve (hundred)
Crownthorne and Minety (hundred)
Deerhurst (hundred)
Duchy of Lancaster (hundred)
Dudstone and Kings Barton (hundred)
Grumbalds Ash (hundred)
Henbury (hundred)
Kiftsgate (hundred)
Langley and Swineshead (hundred)
Longtree (hundred)
Pucklechurch (hundred)
Rapsgate (hundred)
Slaughter (hundred)
St. Briavels (hundred)
Tewkesbury (hundred)
Thornbury (hundred)
Tibaldstone (hundred)
Westbury (hundred)
Westminster (hundred)
Whitstone (hundred)
Inhabited place
Abbeymead
Abenhall ( - 1935 )
Ablington
Acton Turville ( - 1974 )
Adlestrop
Alderley
Alderton
Aldsworth
Almondsbury ( - 1974 )
Alstone ( 1844 - )
Alveston ( - 1974 )
Alvington
Ampney Crucis
Arlingham
Ashleworth
Ashley
Ashton-under-Hill ( - 1931 )
Aston Somerville ( - 1931 )
Aust
Avening
Awre
Aylworth
Bagendon
Bagstone ( - 1974 )
Barnsley
Barnwood
Batsford
Baunton
Beckford ( - 1931 )
Bedminster
Berkeley
Beverston
Bibury
Bishop's Cleeve
Bisley
Blakeney
Bledington
Boddington
Bourton-on-the-Hill
Bourton-on-the-Water
Bream
Brimpsfield
Brislington
Bristol ( - 1974 )
Broadwell (near Stow-on-the-Wold)
Brockworth
Bromsberrow
Broughton-Poggs ( - 1870 )
Cam
Cambridge
Cassey Compton
Chalford ( 1894 - )
Charfield ( - 1974 )
Charingworth
Charlestown
Charlton Abbots ( - 1935 )
Chedworth
Cheltenham ( 1000 - )
Cherington
Chesterton
Chew Stoke
Chipping Campden
Chipping Sodbury ( - 1974 )
Churcham
Churchdown
Cinderford
Cirencester
Clearwell
Cleeve Hill
Clifford Chambers ( - 1931 )
Coaley
Coates
Coberley
Cold Ashton ( - 1974 )
Cold Aston
Coleford
Coln Rogers
Coln St. Aldwyns
Coln St. Dennis
Condicote
Corse
Cow-Honeybourne ( - 1931 )
Cowhill
Cowley
Cranham
Culkerton
Cutsdean
Daglingworth
Deerhurst
Didmarton
Dodington ( - 1974 )
Down Ampney
Down Hatherley
Driffield
Drybrook ( 1953 - )
Dumbleton
Dundry
Duntisbourne Abbots
Duntisbourne Rouse
Dursley
Dymock
Eastington (near Stroud)
Eastleach Martin
Ebrington
Edgeworth
Elberton ( - 1974 )
Elkstone
Elmstone Hardwicke
English Bicknor
Evenlode
Fairford
Falfield
Far Oakridge
Farmcote
Filton ( - 1974 )
Fishponds ( - 1974 )
Flaxley
Forthampton
Foxcote
Frampton Cotterell ( - 1974 )
Frampton-on-Severn
Frocester
Glastonbury
Gloucester
Gossington
Gotherington
Great Barrington ( - 1935 )
Great Rissington
Guiting Power
Hampen
Hanham ( - 1974 )
Hardwicke
Harescombe
Haresfield
Hatherop
Hawling
Hempsted
Hewelsfield
Hidcote Bartrim
Hidcote Boyce
Hilcot
Hill
Hinton (near Berkeley)
Horfield ( - 1974 )
Horsley
Horton ( - 1974 )
Hucclecote
Huntley
Iron Acton ( - 1974 )
Kemble ( 1897 - )
Kempley
Kempsford
Ketford
Keynsham
King's Stanley
Kingscote
Kingsholm
Kingswood (near Wotton-under-Edge) ( 1844 - )
Knowle
Lasborough
Lea ( 1844 - )
Lechlade
Leonard Stanley
Little Barrington ( - 1935 )
Little Rissington
Little Sodbury
Littleton-upon-Severn ( - 1974 )
Long Newnton
Longborough
Longhope
Longney
Lower Slaughter
Lydney
Maisemore
Mangotsfield ( - 1974 )
Marshfield
Maugersbury
Meysey Hampton
Mickleton
Middle Duntisbourne
Minchinhampton
Minsterworth
Miserden
Mitcheldean
Mitton
Moreton Valence
Moreton-in-Marsh
Much Dewchurch
Nailsworth
Naunton
Newent
Newington Bagpath
Newland
Newnham-on-Severn
Norcote
North Cerney
North Nibley
Notgrove
Nympsfield
Old Sodbury ( - 1974 )
Oldbury-on-Severn ( - 1974 )
Olveston ( - 1974 )
Oridge Street
Overbury
Oxenhall
Oxenton
Ozleworth
Painswick
Patchway ( - 1974 )
Pebworth ( - 1931 )
Pendock ( - 1934 )
Pensford
Poole Keynes ( 1897 - )
Poulton ( 1844 - )
Prestbury
Preston (near Cirencester)
Preston-on-Stour ( - 1931 )
Pucklechurch ( - 1974 )
Quenington
Randwick
Redbrook
Redland ( - 1974 )
Rendcomb
Rockhampton ( - 1974 )
Rodmarton
Ruardean Hill
Ruardean
Ruddle
Rudgeway
Ruspidge ( 1953 - )
Ruyton-XI-Towns
Saintbury
Salperton
Sandhurst
Sapperton
Sea Mills ( - 1974 )
Sevenhampton
Sezincote
Shenington ( - 1844 )
Shepperdine
Sherborne
Shipton Moyne
Shirehampton ( - 1974 )
Shurdington
Siddington
Siston ( - 1974 )
Slimbridge
Snowshill
Somerford Keynes ( 1897 - )
South Cerney
Southrop
St. Briavels
Standish
Stanley Pontlarge
Stanway
Staunton (near Coleford)
Staverton
Stinchcombe
Stoke Bishop
Stoke Gifford ( - 1974 )
Stoke Orchard
Stonehouse
Stow-on-the-Wold
Stroud ( 1304 - )
Sudeley
Swindon
Syde
Taddington
Tarlton
Teddington ( 1931 - )
Temple Guiting
Tetbury Upton
Tetbury
Tewkesbury
Thornbury ( - 1974 )
Tibberton
Tidenham
Toddington
Todenham
Tormarton ( - 1974 )
Tredington
Turkdean
Twigworth
Twyning
Tytherington ( - 1974 )
Uckington
Uley
Upper Slaughter
Upper Swell ( - 1935 )
Upton St. Leonards
Welford-on-Avon ( - 1931 )
Westbury-on-Severn
Westbury-on-Trym ( - 1904 )
Westerleigh ( - 1974 )
Weston-Subedge
Weston-on-Avon ( - 1931 )
Westonbirt
Whiteshill
Whitfield
Whitminster
Whittington
Wickwar ( - 1974 )
Willersey
Winchcombe
Windrush
Winstone
Winterbourne ( - 1974 )
Withington
Woodchester
Woodmancote (near Tewkesbury)
Woolaston
Woolley
Woolstone
Wormington
Wotton-under-Edge
Wyck Rissington
Wyegate Green
Yanworth
Parish
Admington ( 1931 - )
Ampney St. Mary
Ampney St. Peter
Boxwell with Leighterton
Bristol St. Philip and St. Jacob Out
Brookthorpe-with-Whaddon
Buckland
Central Bristol ( 1896 - 1898 )
Charlton Kings
Childswickham ( - 1931 )
Clearwell
Colesbourne
Cromhall
Dowdeswell
Eastleach Turville ( - 1935 )
Elmore
Hailes
Hamfallow
Hampnett
Haselton
Henbury ( - 1974 )
Horsley
Lassington
Long Marston ( - 1931 )
Longney
Moreton Valence
Pauntley
Poole Keynes ( 1897 - )
Preston (near Cirencester)
Preston (near Ledbury)
Prinknash Park
Rudford
Shipton
Stowell
Taynton
Upleadon
Westbury-on-Trym ( - 1904 )
Yanworth
Parish (ancient)
Bristol St. Paul In ( - 1896 )
Region
Forest of Dean
Registration district
Barton Regis Registration District ( 1877 - 1905 )
Bedminster Registration District ( 1837 - 1899 )
Bristol Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Cheltenham Registration District ( 1837 - 2006 )
Chipping Sodbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Cirencester Registration District ( 1837 - 2006 )
Clifton Registration District ( 1837 - 1877 )
Dursley Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Forest of Dean Registration District ( 1937 - 2006 )
Gloucester (post-1974) Registration District ( 1974 - 2006 )
Gloucester City Registration District ( 1937 - 1974 )
Gloucester Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Gloucester Rural Registration District ( 1937 - 1974 )
Gloucestershire Registration District ( 2006 - )
Keynsham Registration District ( 1837 - 1936 )
Kingswood Registration District ( 1937 - 1974 )
Newent Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
North Cotswold Registration District ( 1937 - 2006 )
Northleach Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Sodbury Registration District ( 1937 - 1974 )
South Gloucestershire Registration District ( 1996 - )
Stow-on-the-Wold Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Stroud Registration District ( 1837 - 2006 )
Tetbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Tewkesbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Thornbury Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Westbury-on-Severn Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Wheatenhurst Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Winchcombe Registration District ( 1837 - 1937 )
Rural district
Barton Regis Rural ( 1894 - 1904 )
Campden Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Cheltenham Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Chipping Sodbury Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Cirencester Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Dursley Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
East Dean Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
East Dean and United Parishes Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Gloucester Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Lydney Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Marston Sicca Rural ( 1894 - 1931 )
Newent Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
North Cotswold Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
Northleach Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Pebworth Rural ( 1894 - 1931 )
Sodbury Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
Stow-on-the-Wold Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Stroud Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Tetbury Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Tewkesbury Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Thornbury Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Warmley Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
West Dean Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Wheatenhurst Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Winchcombe Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Suburb
Avonmouth ( - 1974 )
Bishopston ( - 1974 )
Bristol St. George ( - 1974 )
Charlton Kings
Clifton ( - 1974 )
Fishponds ( - 1974 )
Henbury ( - 1974 )
Henleaze ( - 1974 )
Horfield ( - 1974 )
Hucclecote
Littleworth (near Gloucester)
Longford ( 1885 - 1937 )
Matson ( - 1935 )
Quedgeley
Redland ( - 1974 )
Sea Mills ( - 1974 )
Shirehampton ( - 1974 )
Stapleton ( - 1974 )
Stratton
Swindon
Tuffley ( - 1900 )
Up Hatherley ( 1887 - )
Westbury-on-Trym ( - 1904 )
Wotton St. Mary ( - 1896 )
Yate ( - 1974 )
Township
East Dean ( 1844 - 1953 )
Pinnock and Hyde
Rangeworthy ( - 1974 )
Redwick and Northwick ( - 1974 )
West Dean
Unitary authority
South Gloucestershire ( 1996 - )
Unknown
Barton-Regis
Berrington
Brandon Hill
Brangreen
Broad Campden
Brockthrop
Clay Hill
Compton
Cotham
Durdham-Down
Easton
Eastville
Ebley
Lidbrook
Lockleaze
Maugersby
Moorfields
Pool Hill
Redfield
Speedwell
Spoonbed
St. Anne's Park
Stretton-on-Fosse
Totterdown
Two-Mile-Hill
Tyndall's Park
Upper Tockington
Warmley Tower
Warmley
Whitehall St. Ambrose
Windmill Hill
Woolcott Park
Urban district
Awre
Bristol St. George ( - 1974 )
Charlton Kings
Cirencester
Coleford
Horfield ( - 1974 )
Kingswood (near Bristol) ( 1996 - )
Kingswood (near Bristol) ( 1996 - )
Mangotsfield ( - 1974 )
Nailsworth
Newnham-on-Severn
Stapleton ( - 1974 )
Stow-on-the-Wold
Stroud ( 1304 - )
Tetbury
Westbury-on-Severn
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Gloucestershire ( ; abbreviated Glos.) is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean.

The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, and Tewkesbury.

When considered as a ceremonial county, Gloucestershire borders the preserved county of Gwent in Wales (now Monmouthshire) to the west, and in England the ceremonial counties of Herefordshire to the north west, Worcestershire to the north, Warwickshire to the north east, Oxfordshire to the east, Wiltshire to the south and Bristol and Somerset to the south west. Ceremonially, it includes the area covered by the South Gloucestershire unitary authority.

The official former postal county abbreviation was "Glos.", rather than the frequently used but erroneous "Gloucs." or "Glouc.".

Governance

the following text is based on a section of an article in Wikipedia

Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century, though the areas of Winchcombe and the Forest of Dean were not added until the late 11th century.

Gloucestershire originally included Bristol, then a small town. The "local" rural community moved to the port city, (as Bristol was to become) and Bristol's population growth accelerated during the industrial revolution. Bristol became a county in its own right, separate from Gloucestershire and Somerset in 1373. From 1974 until 1996 it became the principal part of the administrative County of Avon.

Upon the abolition of Avon in 1996, the region north of Bristol became a unitary authority area named South Gloucestershire. South Gloucestershire is now part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire.

The remainder of Gloucester has been divided, since 1974, into six Districts still under the ultimate control of the Gloucestershire County Council. This is a sizeable reduction from the five county and municipal boroughs, six urban districts and fifteen rural districts in existence immediately prior to that date. The districts are as follows:

  1. Gloucester District
  2. Tewkesbury District
  3. Cheltenham District
  4. Cotswold District
  5. Stroud District
  6. Forest of Dean District
  7. South Gloucestershire

Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Stroud are based on towns (and the city of Gloucester) but also include the rural areas surrounding them. Cotswold, Forest of Dean and South Gloucestershire are more general geographic descriptions of mixed rural and urban areas.

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides eight chapters out of at least eleven of the Victoria County History Series on Gloucestershire. Some of these are outlines of topics concerning the whole county, others contain descriptions of cities, towns and villages of varying sizes throughout the area.
  • Brett Langston's Registration Districts in Gloucestershire follows the history of registration district provision in Gloucestershire from its inception in 1837 through to the present day.
  • GENUKI has a brief overall guide to various sources of information for the county.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki on Gloucestershire provides information similar to that in GENUKI.
  • Gloucestershire Archives for older sources such as pre-1837 parish registers and other contemporary documents. Address: Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, England GL1 3DW
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