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- source: Family History Library Catalog
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Kemble is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire, England. It lies from Cirencester and is the settlement closest to Thames Head, the source of the River Thames. At the 2011 census it had a population of 1,036.
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Kemble was transferred from the county of Wiltshire to Gloucestershire in 1897. (Source:Cirencester Registration District list of parishes produced by Brett Langston for UKBMD)
A 19th century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Kemble from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "KEMBLE, a parish in the district of Cirencester, and county of Wilts; at the Cirencester Junction station of the Cheltenham and Great Western railway, and on the Thames and Severn canal, adjacent to Gloucestershire, 4 miles SW of Cirencester. It includes the tythings of Ewen and Wick; and its post town is Cirencester. Acres: 3,600. Real property, with Poole: £7,002. Rated property of [Kemble] alone: £3,840. Population: 466. Houses: 80. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Miss Gordon. An affluent of the Thames rises here; and the water of it is raised, by a steam-engine, to supply the Thames and Severn canal. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £270. Patron: Miss Gordon. The church is ancient; was partly rebuilt in 1840; has a lofty steeple, which was struck and rent by lightning in 1823; and contains a monument of a Knight Templar, and several other monuments. There are a free school, and charities £23."
Note: Poole refers to Poole Keynes.
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- 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. Do 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
- Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover this part of the county
(There may be more under Wiltshire in due course.
Categories: Gloucestershire, England | Cirencester Registration District, Gloucestershire, England | Gloucestershire Registration District, Gloucestershire, England | Cirencester Rural, Gloucestershire, England | Cotswold (district), Gloucestershire, England | Kemble, Gloucestershire, England | Malmesbury (hundred), Wiltshire, England