Place:Bisley, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesBiselegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 111
Bisley with Lypiattsource: later name of parish
Danewaysource: hamlet in parish
Eastcombesource: hamlet in parish
Oakridgesource: hamlet in parish
Throughamsource: hamlet in parish
Upper Lypiattsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.75°N 2.133°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoBisley Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Stroud Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Stroud District, Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bisley is a village in Gloucestershire, England, approximately 4 miles (6 km) east of Stroud. The parish borders Stroud on the west and included the tything of Upper Lypiatt. (Lower Lypiatt was in Thrupp parish.) Since 1894 the civil parish has been named Bisley-with-Lypiatt. The manor was formerly extensive, including the hamlets of Daneway, Oakridge, Througham and Eastcombe, and also the parishes of Stroud, Chalford, and Thrupp.

19th century descriptions

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

"BISLEY, a decayed small town, a parish, a subdistrict, and a hundred in Gloucester. The town stands 1¾ mile N of the Cheltenham and Great Western Union railway, in the neighbourhood of the Sapperton tunnel, and 3¼ miles E of Stroud. It has a post office under Stroud; is a polling-place; and long carried on a considerable manufacture of woollens, which now is nearly extinct. A weekly market used to be held on Thursday, but now is merely nominal. Fairs are held on May 4 and 12 Nov.
"The parish includes also the tythings of Averniss, Bidfield, Bussage, Chalford, Oakridge, Steanbridge, Througham, and Tunley. Acres: 8,033. Real property: £14,277. Population: 4,692. Houses: 1,166. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Mortimers; and was held by Edward Duke of York, afterwards Edward IV. A common of 1,200 acres was given by Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, to the poor of the parish; but has been much curtailed by enclosure. Roman remains have been found at Custom-Scrubs; and a Roman pavement and vault at Lillythorne. The living is a vicarage, united with the [perpetual] curacy of France-Lynch, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £527. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is decorated English, of the time of Edward IV.; was recently restored; and contains an ancient Norman font, a monument of a crusader, supposed to be one of the Nottingham family, and a brass of Catherine Sewell. A stone cross, believed to be of the 13th century, octagonal and finely panelled, is in the churchyard. The vicarages of Bussage, Chalford, and Oakridge are separate benefices. There are four dissenting chapels, endowed schools with £56, and other charities with £242.
"The [registration] subdistrict is conterminate with the parish; and is in the [registration] district of Stroud.

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

"LYPPIATT (LOWER and UPPER), two tythings in Stroud parish, Gloucester; near the canal and the Great Western railway, 2 miles E of Stroud. Population: 1,276 and 4,061. Lyppiatt Park belonged formerly to the Throgmortons; belongs now to J. E. Dorington, Esq.; and is said to have been the place where the Gunpowder plot was hatched."

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides eight chapters out of at least eleven of the Victoria County History Series on Gloucestershire. Some of these are outlines of topics concerning the whole county, others contain descriptions of cities, towns and villages of varying sizes throughout the area.
  • Brett Langston's Registration Districts in Gloucestershire follows the history of registration district provision in Gloucestershire from its inception in 1837 through to the present day.
  • GENUKI has a brief overall guide to various sources of information for the county.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki on Gloucestershire provides information similar to that in GENUKI.
  • Gloucestershire Archives for older sources such as pre-1837 parish registers and other contemporary documents. Address: Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, England GL1 3DW
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