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Ashton under Hill, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Ashton-under-Hill, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, with a station on the Ashchurch and Evesham branch of the M.R., 6 miles SW of Evesham. It has a post office under Tewkesbury; the money order office is at Beckford, and telegraph office at the railway station. Acreage, 1664; population, 361. The village contains good stone houses with square mullioned windows and lofty gables. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Beckford, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is ancient, and has an embattled tower with pinnacles; it was enlarged in 1868. It is the only church in England dedicated to St Barbara. Near the church are the remains of an ancient stone cross, which has a sundial at the top.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishAshton-Under-Hill St. Barbara 
Poor Law unionEvesham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of marriages and burials dates from the year 1586; baptisms, 1596.

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


Church of England

St Barbara (parish church)

The church of St. Barbara is a building of stone in the Early English style, with traces of Perpendicular work, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, small north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 5 bells; in 1868 it was enlarged by taking in the school-room formerly attached to the north aisle: there are several mural tablets to the Baldwyn family, dating from 1816 to 1857; the east window is stained: the church affords 259 sittings. It is the only church in England dedicated to St. Barbara.

St. Barbara, Ashton Underhill
The only church in England dedicated to St. Barbara


Methodist Chapel

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ashton under Hill from the following:

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:

Visitations Heraldic

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