Place:Northleach, Gloucestershire, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.822°N 1.822°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoBradley Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the area was situated
Northleach Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district in which the parish and its successor were located 1894-1974
Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, Englandadministrative district in which the parish has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Northleach is a small Cotswold market town in Gloucestershire, England. It constitutes the major part by population of the modern civil parish of Northleach with Eastington which was formed either in 1935 (Wikipedia) or 1950 (A Vision of Britain through Time). The town is in the valley of the River Leach in the Cotswolds, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Cirencester and 11 miles (18 km) east-southeast of Cheltenham. The 2011 UK Census recorded the parish's population as 1,854.

In the late Middle Ages the town prospered as a strategic centre for the wool trade.

Eastington (near Northleach), with which it merged in the 20th century, was a tithing and chapelry within the ecclesiastical parish 1.5 mi from the centre of the village that became a separate civil parish in 1866.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Northleach.

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Northleach 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
  • 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)