Place:Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, England

NameLower Swell
Alt namesNether Swellsource: Family History Library Catalog
Suellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
Suuellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.933°N 1.75°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoSlaughter (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish is located
Swell, Gloucestershire, Englandparish into which it was mergedin 1935
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is another parish named Swell in the neighbouring county of Somerset.

The former civil parishes of Lower Swell and Upper Swell merged into the single civil parish of Swell in Gloucestershire, England in 1935.

The two Gloucestershire villages are located in the Cotswold District immediately west of the town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

A 19th century description

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

"SWELL (Lower), a parish, with a village, in Stow-on-the-Wold district, Gloucester; 1 mile NW by N of Stow-on-the-Wold [railway] station. Post town, Stow-on-the Wold, under Moreton-in-Marsh. Acres: 1,670. Real property: £3,600. Population: 449. Houses: 99. The property is much subdivided. Swell Bowl was the residence of the county historian, Sir R. Atkyns. There are a mineral spring and three barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £170. Patron: Christchurch, Oxford. The church is Norman, with a modern pointed aisle. There is a national school."

Registration Districts

Stow-on-the-Wold (1837 - 1935)
Stow-on-the-Wold (1835 - 1937) (as Swell)
North Cotswold (1937 - 2006) (as Swell)
Gloucestershire (2006 - ) (as Swell)

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Lower Swell 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