Place:Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England

NameWestbury on Severn
Alt namesWesberiesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 115
Westberiesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 115
Westbury on Severnsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 115
TypeVillage, Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.833°N 2.4°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoWestbury Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which part of the parish was located
Duchy of Lancaster Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which part of the parish was located
Gloucester Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it became a part in 1935
Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, Englandadministrative district which absorbed it in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Westbury on Severn is a rural village in Gloucestershire, England, and the centre of a large, rural parish of the same name.

The village is situated on the A48 road (between Minsterworth and Newnham on Severn) and bounded by the River Severn to the south and west.The village has a parish council and from 1894 until 1935 was an urban district.

The village has a large parish church, which is distinctive because the steeple is not attached to the main building. A fire which burned down the old wooden building soon after the new steeple was completed. Within the porch of the church are several full crosses and markings of crosses made during the English Civil War.

The parish of Westbury on Severn comprises more than twelve separate settlements [not named in Wikipedia or A Vision of Britain through Time].

After its time as an urban district ended in 1935, Westbury on Severn became a part of Gloucester Rural District until 1974 when it joined the Forest of Dean District local authority.

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • The Victoria History of Gloucestershire chapter on Westbury-on-Severn, 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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