Place:Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesLeceladesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
Coordinates51.717°N 1.683°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoBrightwells Barrow Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Faringdon Rural, Berkshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
Cirencester Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1935-1974
Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
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Lechlade, or Lechlade-on-Thames, is a town at the southern edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England. It is the furthest point from the sea at which the River Thames is navigable. The town is named after the River Leach that joins the Thames near here. Another tributary of the Thames, the River Coln, joins the Thames at the Inglesham Round House. Lechlade had, according to the 2001 UK census, a population of 2,759.

Despite being in Gloucestershire, Lechlade was part of Faringdon Rural District in Berkshire from 1894 until 1935 when it was transferred to Cirencester Rural District within Gloucestershire.

Thomas Prence (1599-1673), emigrated to America in 1621 and was a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies, and governor of Plymouth, Massachusetts (1634, 1638, and 1657–1673).

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 7: Brightwells Barrow hundred in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Gloucestershire Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Gloucestershire in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Gloucestershire in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish. 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. The compiler has gone to a lot of work to provide this material. Respect his copyright.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • English Jurisdictions, a supplementary website to FamilySearch outlining local parish boundaries in the middle on the 19th century. The information provided is especially useful for establishing the relationship of the ecclesiastical parishes in large towns and cathedral cities.
  • Ancestry UK has recently added Gloucestershire Burials, 1813-1988; Confirmations, 1834-1913; Baptisms, 1813-1913; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813; and Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938. (entry dated 1 Aug 2015)
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