- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Windrush is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, approximately five miles south east of Northleach. It lies in the Cotswolds on the River Windrush. There are two main settlements, Upper Windrush and Little Windrush. The civil parish has formed part of the Cotswold District since 1974.
During the Second World War, the parish hosted RAF Windrush, a Royal Air Force Relief Landing Ground. Although it closed for military purposes in 1945, the air field remains in use for light aircraft and still has its control tower.
A 19th century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Stoke Gifford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "WINDRUSH, a parish, with a village, in Northleach district, Gloucester; 4 miles W by N of Burford [railway] station. Post town, Burford, under Faringdon. Acres, 1,710. Real property: £2,037; of which £20 are in quarries. Population: 290. Houses: 65. The manor belongs to Lord Sherborne. There is a Roman camp. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Sherborne. The church is old. Charities £20 and 10 acres for fuel."
Northleach (1837 - 1937)
Cirencester (1937 - 1974)
Cheltenham (1974 - 2006)
Gloucestershire (2006 - )
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- Windrush from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 6/Slaughter 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