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Vale of Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Berkeley, Vale of, a rich strip of dairy land in Gloucestershire. It extends from the southern vicinity of Gloucester along the course of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal to its junction with the Severn, and thence past Berkeley down the left side of the Severn to Aust. Its length is 25 miles, and its mean breadth about 4. The soil of the upper part is clayey, that of the lower part is deep rich loam, and nearly all is disposed in grass for the produce of the dairy. Large quantities of butter and cheese are made.

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

Church Records

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

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Vale of Berkeley are available from a number of sites: