Place:Standish, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesStanedissource: Domesday Book (1985) p 114
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.783°N 2.283°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoWhitstone (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Stroud (district), Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
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Standish is a small village and civil parish since 1974 in the Stroud local government district in Gloucestershire, England.

The village is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-west of the town of Stroud, on the B4008 road to Quedgeley. The parish, which in the 2001 UK census had a population of 285, also contains the hamlet of Stroud Green, situated south-east of Standish village.

Standish was originally part of the estate of the Barons Sherborne of Gloucestershire. They developed Standish Court as part of their holdings. Abandoned in the 16th century, they then developed Standish House as a country retreat. Having sold Standish Wood to the National Trust early in the 20th century, they sold Standish Park and Standish House to Gloucestershire County Council post-World War I. On this land the county council developed Standish Hospital, which was immediately passed to the British Red Cross for treatment of soldiers. In the 1920s it became a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, and a US Army medical facility during World War II. Developed by the National Health Service (NHS) as a specialist hospital, it closed in 2004.

The parish church is the Grade I listed Church of St Nicholas, built in the 14th century and restored in the 1860s by J P St Aubyn.


At the end of the 16th century the Lord of the Manor of Standish was Sir Henry Winston. His memorial in Standish's 14th century Church of St Nicholas carries a 20th-century sign:

"This monument to Sir Henry Winston was restored to commemorate the marriage in 1618 of his daughter Sarah to John Churchill from which union descended Sir Winston Churchill K.G. O.M. C.H. M.P. 1874-1965 Prime Minister 1940-1945. 1951-1955"

This Sarah Winston's grandson became the first Great Duke of Marlborough, ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill.

Registration Districts

Wheatenhurst (1837 - 1937)
Gloucester Rural (1937 - 1974)
Gloucester (post-1974) (1974 - 2006)
Gloucestershire (2006 - )

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • The Victoria History of Gloucestershire chapter on Standish, available online on 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

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