Abinghall or Abenhall, a parish in Gloucestershire, 2 miles SSW of Longhope station on the G.W.R., and 5 N of Newnham. Post town, Mitcheldean (R.S.O.) Acreage, 763; population of the civil parish, 231; of the ecclesiastical, 238. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £138. The church is an old Early English edifice, and is in good condition, having been restored in 1874; it contains a sepulchral brass, dated 1609, and an hour-glass. Abenhall Lodge is a modern mansion in the Gothic style, situated on an elevation.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Abinghall St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Westbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1596.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Michael and All Angels (parish church)
The church of St. Michael and All Angels is an ancient building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, south aisle, south porch and a tower at the west end of the south aisle containing 3 bells: the octagonal font was given by the miners' guild in 1450: in the chancel is a brass with four effigies to Richard Pyrke, of Mitcheldean, ob. 1609, Joan (Ayleway), his wife, and two children: there are several stained windows, including one added in 1911 to the memory of the late Herbert Fitzherbert Jones, surgeon, of Mitcheldean: in 1874 the roof was opened so as to disclose the timber framing and a gallery removed, at a cost of £400, and in 1879 the church was entirely restored and reseated, at the sole cost of the Rev. S. J. Johnson M.A., Rector 1879-81: an organ chamber was added in 1883, at a cost of £200: there are sittings for 120 persons. In 1912 the churchyard was extended by the addition of land presented by the late Miss Barton.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Abinghall from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Abinghall (St. Michael))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
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.