Boddington, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Boddington, a parish in Gloucestershire, on the river Chelt, 4 miles NW by W of Cheltenham. It includes the hamlets of Barrow and Withey Bridge, and portion of that of Hayden. Post-town, Cheltenham. Acreage, 1982; population, 294. Boddington manor-house is a curious old mansion, formerly moated, and was besieged during the Civil War. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Staverton, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is ancient, and has a low western tower with a sun-dial; it was restored in 1876.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1656.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

St. Mary Magdalen (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalen is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a low western tower containing 3 bells: the tower has a sundial on the south side bearing the date 1719: the carved stone pulpit was erected in 1876 by the Rev. W. Waldey, then curate in charge; the chancel was rebuilt and the church thoroughly restored and reseated with oak benches at the same time: the porch retains a stoup: in 1891 the church underwent further restoration, the cost being defrayed by J. S. Gibbons esq.: there are 130 sittings: the churchyard was consecrated in the year 1469, with the consent of the Abbot of Tewkesbury.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Old maps of Boddington are available on the site, and a current map is available on the site.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.