Place:Rockhampton, Gloucestershire, England

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NameRockhampton
Alt namesRochemtunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 114
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.633°N 2.5°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 part located
Berkeley (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was part located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Rockhampton is a village since 1996 located in South Gloucestershire within the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire, England. It is north-east of Thornbury. The south end of the village is more properly called Newton.

The Church of St Oswald is a Grade II* listed building, dating from the 14th century, which was substantially rebuilt in 1860-61.

A 19th century description

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

"ROCKHAMPTON, a parish, with a village, in Thornbury district, Gloucester; 2 miles N N E of Thornbury, and 4¾ W by N of Charfield [railway] station. Post-town, Thornbury, under Bristol. Acres: 1,206. Real property: £2,740. Population: 248. Houses: 50. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to Major Peach. R. Lodge is the seat of F. Brooks, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £289. Patron: Mrs. Coates. The church was partly rebuilt in 1862. Charities, £14."

Research Tips

  • These notes re sources from GENUKI may be of interest:
  • Original source material relating to Rockhampton, and other parishes in Diocese of Gloucester may be found at the premises of Gloucestershire Archives.
  • Scribes Alcove is a site to enable searches of baptism, marriage and burial indexes from six Gloucestershire parishes: Berkeley, Thornbury, Oldbury-upon-Severn, Hill, Stone & Rockhampton.
  • The period covered for St Oswald's Church parish records is 1700-1900C; 1700-1878M (except 1859-1862); 1700-1900B.
  • 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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