Place:Littleton-upon-Severn, Gloucestershire, England

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NameLittleton-upon-Severn
Alt namesLiteltonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
Littleton upon Severnsource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2000-2003)
Littleton-on-Severnsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.617°N 2.583°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Gloucestershire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoLangley and Swineshead (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Aust, Gloucestershire, Englandcivil parish in which it has been located since 1935
South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Englandunitary authority in which it has been located since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Littleton-upon-Severn is a village in South Gloucestershire within the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire, England. It is near the mouth of the River Severn and is located to the west of Thornbury. From 1866 until 1935 Littleton-upon-Severn was a separate civil parish, but in that year its status was abolished and it became a village in the civil parish of Aust.

Littleton Brick Pits are an artificial lagoon, once the site of clay extraction for brick making.

A 19th century description

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

"LITTLETON-UPON-SEVERN, a parish in Thornbury district, Gloucester; on the river Severn, 3 miles W of Thornbury, and 4¼ NNE of New Passage [railway] station. Post town: Almondsbury, under Bristol. Acres: 1,665; of which 690 are water. Real property: £1,793; of which £15 are in fisheries. Population: 195. Houses: 41. The property is divided among a few. The manor and most of the land belong to R. Lippincott, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £52. Patron: R. Lippincott, Esq. The church is early English, in good condition; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower; and has a Norman font."

Research Tips

  • Bristol Archives is where paper and microfilm copies of all records for Bristol and its environs are stored.

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). The GENUKI page for the parish will confirm which archive provider has its records.
  • 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
  • MAPS. Most Wikipedia maps for places in the Bristol area have outline maps indicating the location of the suburb under discussion. Another online map that may be useful is this Ordnance Survey map originally made in 1930 and with revisions to 1946.
  • Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover all of Bristol--and the area that was originally in Gloucestershire is sadly omitted, save for the information on the churches in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 2


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