Place:Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, England

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NameMinsterworth
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.8511°N 2.3295°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoDuchy of Lancaster (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
East Dean and United Parishes Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
East Dean Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1935-1953
Gloucester Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1953-1974
Tewkesbury (district), Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Minsterworth is a village in Gloucestershire, UK. It lies on the border of the City of Gloucester, on the north bank of the River Severn (effectively on the western side of the river) and on the A48 road between Gloucester and Chepstow.

Minsterworth is governed by a parish council. The higher levels of government are Tewksbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.

The village has a long history, at one stage being owned by the rebellious baron Simon de Montfort. Its economy used to be heavily involved with salmon-fishing in the Severn, as illustrated by a in the local church of three salmon caught in a fishing net. Fishing for elvers remains an important activity. The local church, St Peter's, lies right next to the river, with three ancient yews in the churchyard. It was rebuilt by Henry Woodyer (who had earlier worked on the nearby church in Highnam) in 1870, but contains many older features such as a fifteenth-century baptismal font, a Jacobean era pulpit and part of a fourteenth-century cope.

Present day, the village has a pub (The Apple Tree Inn), one church, St Peter's, a primary school, Minsterworth C of E, and a village hall. The Severn Bore Inn, butchers shop and waterski club, often attributed to the village, actually lie outside the parish boundary.

The Village of Minsterworth is an Acorn Class 2 area and is one of the more desirable areas in Gloucestershire and the most desirable village in close proximity to the city of Gloucester. Average incomes are very-high and interest in current affairs is high.

Minsterworth is reportedly one of the longest villages (in distance) in Europe.

The village is one of the best places to view the Severn Bore, where people can be seen surfing and water skiing from the local water ski club.

Minsterworth parish was transferred from East Dean Rural District to Gloucester Rural District in 1953.

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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 is a brief reference to Minsterworth in the Victoria County History.
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