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Parish History

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. [1]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.


Civil Registration

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

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformists and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Deposited parish registers  At Gloucester Archives reference P354
Westbury-on-Severn parish records



Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row
Alvin Street

Telephone: + 44 (0) 1452 425295

Fax: + 44 (0) 1452 426378

Email: archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives

1538-2002Parish registers for Westbury-on-Severn, 1539-1883

Content Film
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.

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Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1586-1812. FHL BRITISH Film

Census records

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. The first film number is 288780.

Poor Law Unions

  • Westbury on Severn

Probate records

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

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 513-517. Date accessed: 12 March 2013.

http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/Gloucestershire/Westbury/WestburyThreeSaintsWindows2004.htm for images of the three Saints windows in the church