Place:Leigh, Gloucestershire, England

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NameLeigh
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.9328°N 2.1878°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoWestminster (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which part of the parish was located
Deerhurst (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which part of the parish was located
Tewkesbury Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Gloucester Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1935-1974
Tewkesbury (district), Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also a place named Leigh in Worcestershire and one in Staffordshire.

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

"LEIGH, a parish in Tewkesbury [registration] district, Gloucester; on the river Severn and the Comb canal, 4½ miles SSW of Tewkesbury [railway] station, and 5½ NW by W of Cheltenham. It contains the hamlet of Evington; and its post town is Cheltenham. Acres: 1,720. Rated property: £3,201. Population: 428. Houses: 91. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the dean and chapter of Westminster. Leigh Villa is the seat of W. Hill, Esq., and commands a fine view. Much of the land is subject to frequent inundations [flooding]. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £250. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church consists of nave, small cross aisle, and chancel, with an embattled tower; and is good. There are a national school, and charities about £40."

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Leigh parish was located in Tewkesbury Rural District from 1894 until 1935 and from 1935 until 1974 in Cheltenham Rural District. Since 1974 it has been part of Tewkesbury District or Borough.

Registration Districts

Tewkesbury (1837 - 1937)
Cheltenham (1937 - 2006)
Gloucestershire (2006 - )

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Leigh from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 8/Deerhurst 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