Sheepscombe, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Painswick parish, Gloucestershire. The village is 2 miles E of Painswick, and 5 NE by N of Stroud. It has a post office under Stroud; money 'order and telegraph office, Painswick. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1820. Population, 450. Sheepscombe is a ward of the Painswick parish council, to which it returns two members. Ebworth Park and Sheepscombe House are the chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £120 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Painswick. The church is modern and was enlarged in 1873.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Stroud|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1820.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. John the Apostle
The church of St. John the Apostle, erected in 1820, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and a western turret containing a clock and one bell: it was enlarged and beautified in 1873, and in 1900 the aisle was repaved and restored as a memorial to the Rev. Robert Strong B.A. vicar 1883-95: the church afford's 150 sittings.
Primitive Methodist Chapel
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Sheepscombe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Shepscomb)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Sheepscombe are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucester Journal
- Gloucestershire Chronicle
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Cheltenham Looker-On
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.