- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Shipton is made up of the twin villages of Shipton Oliffe and Shipton Sollars, situated just 7 miles (11 km) from Cheltenham. The River Coln, just a tiny stream at this point, flows through the village over two fords and innumerable little water splashes, creating ornamental lakes in private properties.
The name Shipton, meaning "sheep farmstead", indicates that sheep farming occurred here long before the Norman invasion of 1066. The Domesday Book refers to two manors, Oliffe and Solers, each with its own church. In 1776, they were ecclesiastically united as one parish. The merger of the civil parishes occurred in 1871.
http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/11267 A Vision of Britain through Time] provides the following description of Shipton-Oliffe from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "SHIPTON-OLIFFE, a parish, with a village, in Northleach district, Gloucester; 7 miles ESE of Cheltenham [railway] station. Post town, Andoversford, under Cheltenham. Acres: 1,050. Real property: £1,683. Population: 255. Houses: 56. The manor belongs to G Fletcher, Esq. Limestone is plentiful. The living is a rectory, united with Shipton-Sollars, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £450. Patron, W. Peachy, Esq. The church is Norman and good. There is a free school."
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Shipton-Sollars from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "SHIPTON-SOLLARS, a parish in Northleach district, Gloucester; 6½ miles ESE of Cheltenham [railway] station. Post town: Andoversford, under Cheltenham. Acres: 1,160. Real property: £831. Population: 80. Houses: 18. The manor belongs to W. Peachy, Esq. The living is annexed to Shipton-Oliffe. The church is ancient, but is not used."
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- Shipton from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 9/Bradley hundred] in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online. Descriptions of Shipton Oliffe and Shipton Sollars follow the article on Shipton itself.
- 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)