Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire Genealogy
Guide to Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Westbury St Peter Gloucestershire.
|Poor Law Union||Westbury on Severn|
|Registration District||Westbury on Severn|
|Parish registers: 1538|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1586|
|Diocese||Pre 1836 - Gloucester; Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Hereford Post 1541- Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Gloucestershire Record Office|
Parish History[edit | edit source]
WESTBURY-upon-Severn (St. Peter and St.Paul), a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Westbury, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 2½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Newnham. This place is bounded on the east and south by the river Severn, which is here crossed by a ferry to Framilode. Other places in the parish include: Rodley
The spire of the church is detached from the church, originally built as a watch tower around 1270 the wooden shingle roof was added in the 14th century.
Nothing remains visible of the earliest church buildings at Westbury. The first, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul and probably of wood. was built in the 8th century. Of the subsequent rebuildings the oldest work to be seen is from the early 13th century.
village was very small, the parish of Westbury on Trym was a large one, stretching from the Filton boundary over to Shirehampton, across the Downs and into Redland and Kingsdown. The Beating the Bounds ceremony in the 1770s took two days - but this did include stops for refreshments!
The city of Bristol expanded in the 19th and 20th centuries, so churches were built in the new suburbs and the parish size was reduced.
Over two hundred years later Westbury Church gained status as a joint cathedral with Worcester, thanks to Bishop Carpenter, whose stands in a niche on the west tower. The head has been restored.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|AC = Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (Ancestry) - (£)|
|DEAN = Forest of Dean Family History Trust - free|
|FHSO = FHSOnline - (£)|
|Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire Genealogy Online Parish Records|
Deposited parish registers At Gloucester Archives reference P354
Westbury-on-Severn parish records
GLOUCESTER GL1 3DW
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1452 425295
Fax: + 44 (0) 1452 426378
1538-2002Parish registers for Westbury-on-Severn, 1539-1883
|Christenings, 1538-1857; Marriages, 1538-1754; Burials, 1538-1812.||FHL BRITISH Film |
|Marriages, 1754-1860; Banns, 1798-1818; Burials, 1813-1883.||FHL BRITISH Film |
Bishop's transcripts for Westbury-on-Severn, 1586-1812 Microfilm of original records in the Gloucester City Library, Gloucester. Includes index.
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1586-1812.||FHL BRITISH Film |
Framilode parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Framilode Online Records|
Non-Conformist Records[edit | edit source]
- 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
- 1642-1996 England, Gloucestershire Non-conformist Records, 1642-1996 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index (dates may vary by parish)
Census Records[edit | edit source]
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]
- Westbury on Severn
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Gloucestershire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Websites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 513-517. Date accessed: 12 March 2013.
- 'Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813,' Ancestry, accessed 16 June 2016.
- 'Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1913,' Ancestry, accessed 22 June 2016.
- 'Gloucestershire, England, Marriages, 1754-1938,' Ancestry, accessed 20 June 2016.
- 'Gloucestershire, England, Burials, 1813-1988,' Ancestry, accessed 24 June 2016.
- 'Transcript Summary,' Forest of Dean Family History Trust, accessed 22 July 2016. The Forest of Dean Family History Trust's 'policy is not to show records within the following cut off years - Baptisms 90 years, Marriages 70 years, Burials 30 years.'
- 'Coverage for the Gloucestershire Marriages database,' FHS Online, accessed 5 May 2014.
http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/Gloucestershire/Westbury/WestburyThreeSaintsWindows2004.htm for images of the three Saints windows in the church