Westerleigh, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Westerleigh, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The Village is 1 ½ mile S of Yate station on the M.R., and 3 miles SW of Chipping Sodbury. It has a post office under Chipping Sodbury; money order and telegraph office, Chipping Sodbury. The civil parish includes Nibley hamlet and Coalpit Heath ecclesiastical parish. Acreage, 4466; population of the civil parish, 1233; of the ecclesiastical, 392, There is a parish council consisting of nine members. A fair is held on 19 Sept. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £160. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Wells. The church was built in the latter part of the 12th century. The S aisle is an addition of early 15th century date, and it opens into the nave with an arcade of seven bays. The western tower is an extremely fine specimen of 15th century work, and is adorned with elaborately traced parapets and angle turrets, which have been restored. There is a Congregational chapel.

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

Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1693; marriages, 1694.

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


Church of England

St. James the Great (parish church)

The church of St. James the Great is an edifice of stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of seven bays, north porch, south aisle, and a lofty embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells: in 1896 the church was restored, at a cost of about £2,000: there are 360 sittings.


Congregational Mission Chapel

The Congregational chapel, erected in 1844 has seating for 200 persons.

Civil Registration

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


Old maps of Westerleigh are available on the old-maps.co.uk site, and a current map is available on the Streetmap.co.uk site.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Visitations Heraldic

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