Place:Haresfield, Gloucestershire, England

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NameHaresfield
Alt namesHersefelsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
Hersefeldsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.79°N 2.271°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoWhitstone (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Haresfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HARESFIELD, a parish and a sub-district in Wheatenhurst district, Gloucester. The parish lies on the Bristol and Gloucester railway, and on the Berkeley canal, 3 miles N of Stonehouse, and 4½ NW of Stroud; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Stonehouse. Acres: 2,155; of which 175 are water. Real property: £8,208; of which £2,501 are in the railway, and £300 in the canal. Population: 612. Houses: 134. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with Haresfield Court, belongs to John D. T. Niblett, Esq. An ancient camp is at Broad Ridge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £260. Patron: John D. T. Niblett, Esq. The church is ancient; is supposed to have been built by the prior of Llanthony abbey; comprises nave, two chancels, and a porch, with tower and spire; and was recently repaired. Charities, £15."
"The [registration] sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres: 13,157. Population: 3,314. Houses: 707."

Haresfield today is a largely residential village. (Source: Wikipedia)

Registration Districts

Wheatenhurst (1837 - 1937)
Gloucester Rural (1937 - 1974)
Gloucester (post-1974) (1974 - 2006)
Gloucestershire (2006 - )

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • The Victoria History of Gloucestershire chapter on Eastington, available online on 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
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